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The Bone Shard Daughter

(The Drowning Empire #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,410 ratings  ·  1,763 reviews
The emperor's reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire's many islands.

Lin is the emperor's daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Orbit
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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
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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
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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 thi
Robin Hobb
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.

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 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
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
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

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♒
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
Rebecca Roanhorse
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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,
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, 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
Lucie V.
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Orbit Books). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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

4 or 4.5 stars

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. That is until the people are not happy to be docile and subdued anymore and the empire is rotting from t
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.
Xiran Jay Zhao
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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
Wick Welker
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-sf-f, fantasy
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
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
Spencer Orey
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of the major fantasy debuts of the year. I read an article about how hard it was for the author to finally get published and how awesome it is that she never gave up and finally got a great publishing deal. I found that way inspiring. May we all work hard and find the same good fortune!

As for the book, I liked it but didn't love it for a thousand petty reasons, but I think there are a few intriguing mysteries set up that should make the rest of the series great. The story itself flow
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)
☆ 4.5 / 5 ☆

“Knowledge can only be wielded by those who dive into its depths and know the shape of it. Reading without true understanding is only wading in the shallows without a care for the monsters that lurk beneath.”

I very thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This sets up a lot of things within the world but it truly went by so fast and there was never a moment where it dragged on in my opinion.

The worldbuilding was so well crafted as we see different parts of this empire made of moving
Claude's Bookzone
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well that was, quite frankly, superb!

A masterclass in world building with a complex and fascinating magical system. The characters were totally engaging, fully developed, endearing, and I felt emotionally invested in their journeys. The story itself was enthralling and the different threads of the plot were seamlessly woven together.

I need to know more. More about the world. More about the magic. More about the incredible creatures. Just. MORE!

Love love loved it!
Nils | nilsreviewsit
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Everyone - always grasping, always wanting more, always needing more. I didn’t have it to give.”

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart was a book which hooked me from beginning to end with its myriad of mysteries. Immediately Stewart’s prose, characters and her worldbuilding pulled me into her world of migrating islands, secret locked doors, lost memories and lost people, and a revolution against the empire.

Stewart throws us into the middle of the characters' lives, the story begins with Jov
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Wow! This book! I'll admit, I didn't know what to expect going into this book, so my expectations were quite low. But this book blew me away! It was interesting, a totally new concept, and it was so much fun to read! Plus the characters were BRILLIANT, the romance was real sweet, and the casual way that LGBTQ+ elements were slipped in was so damn adorable!

This wonderful story has so many main c
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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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