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The Bone Shard Daughter

(The Drowning Empire #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  15,009 ratings  ·  3,098 reviews
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
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published September 10th 2020 by Orbit (first published September 8th 2020)
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chai ♡
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4,5 stars

Father told me I’m broken,” the novel begins, and those five words immediately swim through a thousand questions flooding the reader’s mind.

The questions will be answered eventually—most of them, anyway—but not before Andrea Stewart makes us at home in the minds of four narrators whose individual stories are imagined vividly enough to make for several rich and engrossing SF standalone novels.

The Bone Shard Daughter feels, in that sense, like
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

This will most likely be my favorite fantasy debut of 2020.

Honestly speaking, The Bone Shard Daughter was not on my radar despite people’s excitement on Twitter—where I found out about this book—back when the acquisition was first announced. Some of you may know this already, but my interest to read a book—without any review from s
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 3/14/22

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Holy shit balls! 5 fanfreakingtastic stars baby!! Straight to favorites list. Debut book people!! Andrea Stewart knocked it out of the park for me. I will be elated to have this hardcover on my shelves!

Major Players:
Lin - Emperor’s daughter
Jovi - The best smuggler ever
Phalue - A daughter of a governor
Ranami - Phalue’s girlfriend and Rebel
Sand - She’s on the island of lost memories.

Damn, how do I put this
Robin Hobb
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First a caveat. I recieved a free copy of the ARC of this book. I do not know the author.

(Is anyone tired of these little caveats? It always seems to me that I should let readers know if I got the book for free, or if I'm best friends with the writer. Anyway, in the interest of honesty, I'll probably keep doing them!)

As always, I'm going to try to stay spoiler free.

This is my first read of a book by Andrea Stewart, but I look forward to seeing more work by this author. The ending of The Bone Sha
may ➹
The Bone Shard Daughter tells the story of Lin, the daughter of the Emperor who cannot remember a semblance of her life before five years ago, and Jovis, a wanted smuggler on a fruitless search for his lover who’s been missing for seven years. It also follows three other characters—Phalue, Ranami, and Sand—whose paths weave intricately with the others to create an overall compelling narrative.

This book was not at all what I expected it to be, but I was not disappointed. Set in a world where anim
Finished Copy Provided by Orbit!

this book blew me away. i loved every pov, every storyline, every plot twist, every companion. oh, and i need the next book immediately! rtc! <3

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Althea ☾
The character dynamics are so nuanced and the writing is on that fine line of poetic. Fight me.

The small shred of what was left of my sanity was used in writing this review.

The first line of this book is:
“Father told me I’m broken,”
…and I was sold. I couldn’t stop reading.

some reasons why this might be for you:
• the plot takes ages to develop since the changes in narration takes up a lot of page time
• if you don't vibe the mysterious atmosphere, you might find it grueling to read
• the magic sys
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originality has been such a need in the fantasy genre lately, and this book is every bit an original. It’s a whole new world to get lost into. It’s simply unputdownable! Worth every minute of reading.
The novelty of the concepts takes a little getting used to, but once you’re settled, you just can’t not enjoy this.
I particularly loved reading Lin’s POV, though all other POVs were just as amazing. I literally flew through the last one third of the book, as it got really crazy towards the end.

mina reads™️
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, wlw
Well shit 😳 when’s book two coming

4.5 stars
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2020
This isn’t a review as much as random points summing up my opinion of this book:

✘ Mephi is the star of this book period.
✘ I like the characters but didn’t grow attached to any of them.
✘ I appreciated Ranami and Phalue’s rep especially Phalue’s father not even being disappointed or so on her loving a woman. Even in books, most societies still frown on lgbtq+ individuals which reflects our real world of course. None of it is bad but it was a nice change.

✘ I wish their part however was more impor
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
The Bone Shard Daughter is one of the most highly anticipated fantasies of the year. So should you read it? Here are all my pros, cons, and first impressions.
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Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
“A made thing could grow and change beyond its original purposes.”

Ahhh, not bad at all.

Do not be fooled (as I almost was) by the deceptively YA-sounding title that for me initially evoked the “what-currently-sells” image of a standard cliched trope-filled very young wish-fulfillment “strong heroine” fantasy fare, but that’s certainly does not apply here. No, what you actually get is a clever epic fantasy that is at least trying to be adult-ish, a promising debut that should not certainly go
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“When a shark offers up a pearl, be wary of its teeth.”

The Bone Shard Daughter is a book that I have heard a lot of things about from people I trust and that’s why I decided to pick it up as my October book of the month for my book club! I am glad I did so because it definitely was an interesting read.

The story has multiple POV including: Lin, daughter of the emperor who has memory loss and she wants to learn the shard magic but the emperor
Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Orbit Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅✅ Magic system / Original concept
✅ World-building
✅ Characters
✅ 4 POVs
✅ Action
✅🆗 Intrigue
✅🆗 Pace
🆗 Romance

“A person who can’t see a future doesn’t have a future”

The Bone Shard Daughter is a very promising debut. It takes place in an empire consisting of many islands where the emperor keeps control of everything with the help of his bone-shard magic. With this magic and bone sh
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

Buddy read with the lovely Darcey, my OTP BRing partner (and top tier amazing best friend) !

I was expecting a lot from this book— I definitely had lofty, lofty expectations

—AND this novel surpassed Every. Single. One. I cannot believe this is a DEBUT! What an absolute masterpiece! I’ve only just closed the cover, & may have technically left the world, but I most definitely have one foot still in, and my mind is ALL IN. I am obsessing over this first book in The Drowning Em
Melanie (MelReads)
DNF at 60%

Nothing about the worldbuilding was making sense to me. It was shallow, poorly explained and the multi POV’s were taking away from the only interesting— to me— storyline, which was Lin’s.

And yes, I’m very sad cause I thought this one would be a 5 star read for me. Brb while I mourn my loss.
Claude's Bookzone
UPDATE 23/12/2021 - Hmmm. I did not love this as much the second time around. The second half was infinitely better than the first! I'm going to have to change my rating to 4 Stars on reread. (Update on update) Nope that doesn't quite feel right. I'm going for 4.5 Stars rounded up to 5. I just love the characters and world too much to give it any less. However, I think because I knew all the big reveals it impacted my reread.

UPDATE 21/12/2021 - Rereading in preparation to read book 2!

Well that w

Anyway. When TBSD was acquired by Orbit, I was pretty interested by the premise. I'm glad that I found that the premise lived up to my hopes, as I really enjoyed this debut novel. It was set in a beautiful world full of moving islands and man-made monsters formed from people's bones called constructs and the remnants of a powerful civilisation now long-defeated (. . . or are they?)

TBSD follows five characters:

> Lin, the daughter of the Emperor.

> Jovis, a h
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
4.5 Stars

I will make no bones about it: This brilliant fantasy debut has announced Andrea Stewart as quite possibly the best newcomer of the year.

Bone. Shard. Magic. How intriguing does that sound?!?! I’m a sucker for a cool magic system and the sound of that sold me instantly. Having finished this book speedily, I can honestly say you would be wrong if you thought that was the final mark under this book’s coolness column. We’re talking migrating islands, lost ancient civilizations, wet and dry
Nicholas Eames
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes, this book was good. It's got a setting that's more unique than anything I've read in a long time, and the TWISTS! About half way through I thought...Oh, I think I know what's coming. But reader: I DID NOT! Looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here! ...more
Rebecca Roanhorse
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid debut. Original and creative, strong voice and an interesting plot full of mystery and startling turns.

The title threw me off a bit, making me think this was YA (it is not), and so I kept thinking the protagonist Lin was much younger than she is, which is relevant to the plot and keeps it out of creeper territory when all is revealed. In Lin's defense, there is also a reason she seems younger than she is, also revealed. Four (five?) POV characters whose stories begin to weave together,
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
We all tell ourselves stories of who we are, and in my mind, I was always the hero. But I wasn't. Not in all the ways I should have been.

The Bone Shard Daughter might fool you with its generic YA sounding title, but fear not : at its heart you'll find a captivating tale of dark magic, power, oppression and rebellion. I've been blessed with wonderful fantasy novels this year, with fantastic sets of complex characters, yet The Bone Shard Daughter barged into my favorite list on page on
Xiran Jay Zhao
cosplay of Lin Sukai

Personal Rating: I’d give my bone shard to Lin to command as she wishes, except she wouldn’t take it because she’s too good for that 🥺

Reasons to Read: Asian-inspired queer-normalizing world, clever magic system that works like coding, sci-fi post-humanism tropes told in a fantasy way, determined protagonists, adorable animal companion

So, I never liked the strict division of sci-fi versus fantasy in publishing. My favorite works tend to be those that combine the tropes of both, especially sci-fi
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I regret going through this as an audiobook. Too many storylines and the magic system was too confusing for it.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
So like... Mistborn but with bones?

I could maybe get down with that.

Update: Only $1.99 today! (4/26)
Dannii Elle
Lin is the Emperor's daughter. The empire her father rules spans innumerable islands and he closely guards them with his intricate creations, an infusion of the bodies of animals with the bones of his still-living population. Lin is an apprentice in this magical skill but is just as focused on honing this craft as she is earning her father's love. His love comes with his esteem and both are hard fought for, with her father's foster-son ever ready to take her place as heir to the throne and numbe ...more
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
Intriguing intro into a new fantasy world set up on migratory islands that are just entering the start of the 7year rainy season - first off, whut?!
Second, erm....no thank you to water falling for such an extended period from the sky! I've had my fill after 2-4weeks here ⛈🌦🌧🌩

It's been a while since I read this so can't really remember who we meet first but there is a good cast of characters. Jovis a smuggler on the run from many and searching for his wife, Lin the Emperor's daughter and heir ap
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lin is a disappointment to her father. No matter what she does, she can’t remember the first five years of her life, memories that he’s desperate for her to recapture. Her adopted brother, Bayan, is winning the fierce competition for their father’s affections; his prize, the keys to the kingdom. Each success opens a new doorway, taking them a step closer to understanding the bone shard magic that controls the Empire. For their father is the Emperor and the keys unlock doors within the palace. Be ...more
Wick Welker
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular characterization and world building.

From beginning to end The Bone Shard Daughter captured my attention and never let it go. The characters are so inviting and the world was so fresh and exciting. This is a fantasy read with some peppering in of speculative fiction. There is a magic system built within but it remains mostly hidden even until the resolution of the first book. This is not a bad thing. Stewart provides enough tidbits of resolution that I'm confident she has a plan but s
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, review-copy
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/09/28/...

I haven’t had such a satisfying read in a long time. The fantasy debut of Andrea Stewart, The Bone Shard Daughter simply struck all the right chords for me—natural and easy to fall into, but neither uncomplicated or too predictable. I loved the story and the setting and the characters in equal measure, and I honestly can’t remember the last book that ensnared me so thoroughly.

Lightly inspired by Asian culture, this opene
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Andrea Stewart is the Chinese American daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. Her parents always emphasized science and education, so she spent her childhood immersed in Star Trek and odd-smelling library books. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn't pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sun ...more

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