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The Bone Shard Daughter: The Drowning Empire Book One

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I loved how the themes on complications of ruling and leadership were dealt with as it was exemplified by perspectives from those at the top of the ruling body to the bottom.

I think what also really worked for me was this sense of foreboding and suspense that hung over me the entire book. The plot, the magic, the characters, the beasts; all of it is just so well throughout, written, and intricately put together. I won’t deny that I really felt it and the way the plot inched along, particularly in the beginning. The differences in their background caused differences in perspectives, and despite how much they loved each other, it is bloody challenging to truly understand what the other person is going through unless you live in their shoes.There's a bold, ambitious imagination at work here - and this is a world you'll want to linger in - M. The complicated sibling but not-sibling relationship between Lin and Bayan got me so intrigued that I was excited every time Bayan was on the page. The questions will be answered eventually— most of them, anyway—but not before Andrea Stewart makes us at home in the minds of four different narrators. Stewart’s writing is absolutely lovely— so easily readable and gripping that it feels like sand slipping through your fingers, the feeling of slicing smoothly through water. After Sandu falls from the tree where she collects mangoes and hits her head, the lull fog she’s been living in suddenly clears and Sandu is able to recover some of her memories.

The magic system was unique enough to not have cliches but also was very intuitively arranged so as to be easy to follow. A complex and dark tapestry of a fantasy woven through with brilliant world-building, deep intrigue, and incredible heart - Megan E. I would definitely recommend this book to any readers who are seeking to dip their toes in adult fantasy but might be intimidated by the genre; the prose is beautiful not in a dense, flowery way but a simple, subtly captivating way. I wish their part however was more important like Lin and Jovis’ because some of their chapters didn’t add much to the story. Philine from the Ioph Carn tries to capture Jovis but he’s super strong with some sort of power, and he’s able to escape on his boat.One day, she falls from a tree, and almost immediately begins to remember things, including a different life in a different place. The characters were totally engaging, fully developed, endearing, and I felt emotionally invested in their journeys. Andrea Stewart is the Chinese American daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. What I appreciated was how this one concept blooms into more worldbuilding concepts: the bone shard harvesting has become a ceremony, where children wear their best clothes and are rewarded afterwards with their favorite dishes. And the Emperor just needed to use a bit of logic to win the fateful confrontation — all he needed to do was to seriously - major spoiler!

Jovis is a smuggler, who is on a mission to find and rescue his wife, Emahla, who was taken some years prior by a mysterious figure captaining a fast ship with blue sails. The fact that multiple characters in this story didn’t know who they were and so we didn’t know who they really were… was so tantalizing to me?You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The layers of some of them invite so many questions, and while the book does not end on a painful cliffhanger, you certainly will find yourself hungry for next book already. A complex and dark tapestry of a fantasy woven through with brilliant world-building, deep intrigue, and incredible heart. If you can handle the slower pacing, I would definitely recommend this, for well-written complex character arcs, a plot that unravels deliciously, and of course, a magical animal companion that will steal your heart instantly. THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER is full of atmospheric delights: a spooky palace full of locked doors and awful secrets!

Favourite character has to be Lin, and her gradual realisation that she's not what she seems, and the dark, regal though neglected environment she inhabits dovetails seamlessly with the theme of the book. The writing was the perfect blend of first and third person narration that varied from different character perspectives.There certainly should be quite a few interesting moral dilemmas in the sequels, based on the direction this one took. I can’t wait to see what brilliant story Stewart manages to construct (no pun intended) with these characters next. Lin’s chapters are full of intrigue and espionage and honestly, even though I guessed some of the plot twists before they were revealed, some of them took me completely by surprise. With stunningly intricate world-building that leaps off the page and characters who are so vibrant that you wish they were real, it grabs you by the heart and the throat from the first pages and doesn't let go until long after it's over.

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