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The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire, 2) Hardcover – November 23, 2021
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The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor.
Lin Sukai finally sits on the throne she won at so much cost, but her struggles are only just beginning. Her people don’t trust her. Her political alliances are weak. And in the north-east of the Empire, a rebel army of constructs is gathering, its leader determined to take the throne by force.
Yet an even greater threat is on the horizon, for the Alanga–the powerful magicians of legend–have returned to the Empire. They claim they come in peace, and Lin will need their help in order to defeat the rebels and restore peace.
But can she trust them?
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"The Bone Shard Daughter is epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt, concerned with the real lives caught in the gears of empire and rebellion. Inventive, adventurous, and wonderfully written."―Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"A fascinating world with characters who have deep foundations, and who will quickly capture readers' hearts ... Stewart's debut is sharp and compelling. It will hook readers in and make them fiercely anticipate the rest of the series."―Booklist on The Bone Shard Daughter
"Stewart gives us eerie, grungy bone magic that permeates through every layer of a fascinating and dangerous world. Strange monsters--some friendly, most not--unsettling rituals, and a cast of wonderful characters trying to fix a world on the brink of shattering, The Bone Shard Daughter is utterly absorbing. I adored it."―Emily Duncan, NYT bestselling author of Wicked Saints, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"There's a bold, ambitious imagination at work here - and this is a world you'll want to linger in."―M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"A triumph of fantasy and science fiction populated with memorable characters and bone-chilling secrets that keep you turning the pages."―K. S. Villoso, author of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"The Bone Shard Daughter begins with a spark of intrigue that ignites into a thrilling adventure you cannot miss-with a unique (and painful!) magic system to boot."―Hafsah Faizal, NYT bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"Stewart etches this story into your heart, filling it with everything I love about fantasy: a well-realized world, dark magic that challenges your presumptions, and deep questions about identity. Highly recommended."―Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of The Maradaine Saga, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"The Bone Shard Daughter is intricate and expansive, incisive and thoughtful -- a complex web of political and personal intrigue spun around questions of privilege, duty, and love. Stewart's debut is bound to have fantasy readers clamoring for the next installment."―Kerstin Hall, author of The Border Keeper, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"A complex and dark tapestry of a fantasy woven through with brilliant world-building, deep intrigue, and incredible heart."―Megan E. O'Keefe, author of Velocity Weapon, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"An unforgettable tale of magic and intrigue, and the start of a fascinating trilogy."―Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"The Bone Shard Daughter seized my attention and wouldn't let go. It's an unflinching examination of how people in power exploit and dehumanize those they are supposed to serve, but it also celebrates the uplifting power of love and friendship. It's a thoroughly fantastic read and I eagerly await the sequel."―Kevin Hearne on The Bone Shard Daughter
"A grand, ingenious and sweeping tale of power, magic and heart, The Bone Shard Daughter is groundbreaking epic fantasy for a new age."―Tasha Suri, author of Empire of Sand, on The Bone Shard Daughter
"The twisting turns of political negotiations, the desperation of each character to do what’s right, and the carefully written world building come together to power this compelling and suspenseful fantasy.... Stewart’s elegant planning and unspooling revelations will keep readers hooked from the first page, and fans will be impatient for the next and final volume in the trilogy." -- Booklist on The Bone Shard Emperor―Booklist
"Stewart’s heart-pounding second Drowning Empire epic fantasy expertly picks up the pace from The Bone Shard Daughter, immediately putting the new leader of the Phoenix Empire to the test with multiple enemies gunning for her and the clock ticking for her to prove herself.... Stewart keeps the energy up across the many engrossing plotlines, with immersive battles aplenty to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This page-turning installment is sure to please series fans."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Orbit (November 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316541508
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316541503
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.75 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bone Shard Emperor is amazing. Rest assured it doesn’t fall into the second book slump, acting as a filler for characters to prepare for the impending “real” conflict in the final book. It’s a glorious read that met, maybe even exceeded. The Drowning Empire is on its way to being one of my favorite trilogies.
The strength of The Bone Shard Emperor continues to be the strong female characters and world-building. An already rich world is further expanded with the addition of the history of the Alanga, a history that is slowly revealed throughout the book. It was one of my favorite parts of the book.
The character development is also superb. While there continue to be multiple points of view, Lin and Jovis make up the majority with those of other characters kept to a minimum. This contributed to a much better reading experience than I had with the first novel. Lin was my favorite character from the beginning and remains so. She learns first-hand how difficult it can be to try to please the people and to make decisions she believes is best. It's hard to be the person in charge when people are scrutinizing your every move as well as prepared to depose you at any time. Despite being the emperor, she continues to be the girl who yearned for her father's love and approval, Rather than her father’s acceptance, she now needs the residents of the empire to place their faith in her. Throughout the book, I kept hoping her desire to find someone to connect with would be fulfilled.
The book is amazing. I finished reading it as soon as I got approved, but it took a while to get my thoughts translated from sighs, gasps, and grunts to words and finally to sentences that made sense. This is one of my favorite reads of 2021. (4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars)
I can't wait to read the next installment and see how the world and everyone progresses!
One big let down - chapter 27 and the awful way that makes absolutely no sense for him to discover what he does and how he does it. Necessary plot device, terrible writing and shoving it in to the story line. Not at all believable development. A bit mor subtlety would go a long ways here. Same with the related correspondence handling...
If you’re looking for another series in this same style to read until the 3rd book arrives, I highly recommend The Broken Earth trilogy by Jemisin!!!
THE BONE SHARD EMPEROR, the second book in THE DROWNING EMPIRE series by ANDREA STEWART, continues to impress in scope and creativity. Stewart's writing is clear, fluid, and easy to take in as we follow Lin struggling to raise supportive allies to fight with her against the construct army, Jovis struggling with his split loyalties and feelings, Phalue struggling to be a better governor than her predecessor, and Ranami struggling to let go of her childhood mistrust. Armies, ambitions, and legends collide in a thrilling battle for the Empire.
Things I liked;
The personal growth of the characters. I think Stewart does a great job balancing her POV characters and developing them in a real way.
The creativity of the world and story continues to be interesting.
Love getting more Melphi and others like him.
Things I didn't like:
I didn’t find this story as engaging as the previous book. It was still an interesting read, but it dragged in some places or certain POVs weren’t as interesting to me as they had been before.
I struggled a bit with the romance aspect. The feelings just kind of happened and while I do like Lin, she is technically an intelligent Frankenstein grown from dead flesh and I have a hard time getting into a romance plot with her and Jovis especially considering how all last book he was lamenting his love for his late wife and had spent the last seven years dedicated to finding her. It felt a little soon for him to jump ship to be in love with someone else. Phalue and Ranami's romance is sweet and solid enough to hit that note and that feels like all the romance we need.
I didn’t care much for Nisong’s POV. I found it boring and didn’t relate to her anger or situation. I understand her motivations, but they’re selfish and based on personal vengeance without care for the people she professes to care about. I’d rather not follow a villainous POV this closely without feeling a connection or understanding. I think a growing army of constructs wrecking devastation and horror across the empire would be more interesting if we weren't given all the information about it. I preferred Gio and Ragan's more subtle arcs (examples of interesting characters without a POV).
While this wasn't a "can't put it down read" like the previous book, THE BONE SHARD EMPEROR stands well on its own and is a great read in the series.
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As this is a continuous story that picks up from the events at the conclusion of ‘The Bone Shard Daughter’, I won’t say anything about the plot in order to avoid spoilers for readers new to the series.
I had been very impressed with the first book, especially Andrea Stewart’s vivid world building. I was pleased that this excellence continued along with further character development and some fascinating revelations. As Book 3, ‘The Bone Shard War’ is due to be published next autumn, I was prepared for this to end on a cliffhanger.
Overall, an impressive second volume in this powerful epic fantasy trilogy.
Fantasy at its best!