Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Reading for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Sukai Dynasty has ruled the Phoenix Empire for over a century, their mastery of bone shard magic powering the monstrous constructs that maintain law and order. But now the emperor’s rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the Emperor’s daughter, but a mysterious illness has stolen her childhood memories and her status as heir to the empire. Trapped in a palace of locked doors and old secrets, Lin vows to reclaim her birthright by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
But the mysteries behind such power are dark and deep, and wielding her family’s magic carries a great cost. When the revolution reaches the gates of the palace itself, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her throne – and save her people.
The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable fantasy debut for 2020 – a captivating tale of magic, revolution and mystery, where a young woman’s sense of identity will make or break an empire.
This was a mesmerising book to read, unusual, fascinating and deliciously dark. Through generations, the Bone Shard magic has been passed down through the chain of rulers of the empire. The story centres mainly around Lin the Emperor’s daughter who he is gradually teaching the bone shard magic to, as well as a boy that he has taken on as his foster son. The thing is when the Emperor returned with Bayan, Lin became ill and lost all her memories of everything that had happened before then. Eight years on she still has not got her memories back. There is rivalry between Lin and Bayan which the Emperor seems to delight in, favouring one or the other at times.
Since the Emperor’s wife died he has become a recluse unable to face the world and so his empire, made up of small islands are becoming restless. There is a terrible ritual which takes place each year when the children of the islands reach the age of eleven. Oh boy, this story does have some pretty dark elements. The bone shard magic is something that you should read about in the book, not from me. It is jaw-dropping!
Lin takes it on herself to find out about her past, if her father won’t tell her and so beings her journey of discovery among the islands. New characters that grow with each chapter. This is a fabulous read and unbelievably a debut from author Andrea Stewart who writes like this story has been bursting to be told. It is stunning and the first in this series.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Stewart is the Chinese American daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn’t pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sunny California.