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The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning…

The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire, 1) (udgave 2020)

af Andrea Stewart (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire, 1)
Forfattere:Andrea Stewart (Forfatter)
Info:Orbit (2020), 448 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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What a twist! Fast paced. Wildly interesting characters. Hard to put down. Can't wait for #2! ( )
  Natalie_Coe | May 23, 2021 |
If you’re looking for an epic fantasy escape, you will love this first instalment in The Drowning Empire series.

The Bone Shard Daughter takes place in an empire of migrating islands ruled by a reclusive emperor. He maintains order using constructs created with the titular bone shard magic, a secret craft passed down by the ruling family for generations. However, the emperor’s daughter Lin has lost her memory to a mysterious illness, and with it her father’s trust. She is compelled to launch a plot to inherit her family’s secrets and earn back her place as the rightful heir.

While Lin’s struggle is the central story, Stewart expertly weaves together the subplots of four other protagonists in both first and third-person perspective. This might sound confusing however Stewart handles it masterfully, to the point where I was so absorbed in the story I forgot to take any notes (thus the somewhat brief review)! All of her characters have great depth, and although I didn’t always know who was ‘good’ and who was ‘bad’, I loved them all. It was also exciting to see a realistic depiction of a complex sapphic relationship between two key characters.

Both the magical and the everyday details in The Bone Shard Daughter are fascinating and new. Stewart’s world and its culture feel fresh and entirely different from the more common European-inspired settings. The bone shard magic system is my new favourite example of ‘magic with a cost’, which can be interpreted as a vivid allegory of imperialist or government oppression.

The best thing about this book is that while it’s an immensely satisfying read, it only lays the basic foundation for the series’ overarching plot.

Actually, maybe the best thing about it is Mephi, the otter-like animal sidekick. Ooh, or the constructs… Well, regardless, like popular trilogies from Robin Hobb and Brandon Sanderson, The Drowning Empire is going to be a very special series for many fantasy readers. ( )
  jakeisreading | May 23, 2021 |
An enjoyable fantasy novel, with likable characters and a propulsive plot. I loved that an F/F relationship was normal and unquestioned by anyone. I loved all the little mysteries hinted at (presumably to be solved later in the series). I didn't love the magic system; it was novel, but it was underdeveloped, and just didn't seem to be well thought out. Some of the YA elements were a bit grating. Still, I look forward to the next book. ( )
1 stem RandyRasa | Feb 2, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Drowning Empire series. I borrowed this book from the library.

Story (5/5): This was such a well done epic fantasy. There is amazing world-building here and I loved the idea behind the constructs. The characters were engaging and interesting and I enjoyed reading from all the different perspectives. The stories tie together nicely and I just really enjoyed reading every bit of this book.

Characters (5/5): There are so many amazing characters in here that I loved reading from every point of view that Stewart wrote the story from. The main two characters are Lin (who is the emperor’s daughter and has lost her memory) and Jovis (a smuggler who ends up forced into a larger role). Jovis ends up with a large cat-like companion named Mephi that I absolutely adored. We also hear from Ranami (lover to the Governor’s daughter and a rebel), Phalue (governor’s daughter), and Sand (a woman with no memory that has been displaced to a remote island). All of the characters were intriguing, had a lot of depth, and showed a lot of growth throughout the story.

Setting (5/5): The world building here was amazing as well. This is such an interesting world and was well thought out. The idea of constructs that run off of the life force of commoners was incredibly intriguing. The world consists of a lot of islands and has a somewhat Asian feel to it but is also something completely unique.

Writing Style (5/5): This book was perfectly written and I have absolutely no complaints. Everything in here was well balanced. There is amazing world-building, intriguing characters, a fast-paced and intricate plot, and an interesting magic system. The whole thing was written in a style that was effortless to read and made the book very hard to put down. I haven’t enjoyed an epic fantasy book as much as this one in a long time.

My Summary (5/5): Overall I am so glad I read this. This is just a very well done start to an intriguing epic fantasy series. It has everything you could want from an epic fantasy series; action, adventure, magic, an amazing world, an intricate plot...there really isn’t any romance in here but that didn’t feel like it was lacking, it just didn’t fit in with the characters and story. I would highly recommend reading this if you enjoy epic fantasies with an amazing world and magic system, as well as a fast-pace and relatable characters. ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 15, 2021 |
The Bone Shard Daughter is a tale told from several different points of view. The first being from Lin, the daughter of the emperor. He is a master of bone magic. This is the ability to build animal like constructs to do his bidding and protect the city. Lin only wants the love of her father but he constantly tests her about memories she lost several years prior and she constantly fails him and thus fails to gain his love. Her rival, Banyan, is the emperor's foster, who threatens Lin's inheritance of the throne. Jovis is the other main character in this story. He is chasing after a mysterious blue sailed boat that captured his wife many years ago and he hopes to find her again someday. His random encounter with a strange creature whom decides to stay with him brings about changes in Jovis that he could have never imagined.
I really enjoyed the story, it seems to be set in a mythical land that has definite Asian influences in it. I am certainly looking forward to the next book in the series. I think fans of The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco would enjoy this book as much as I did. I highly recommend it. ( )
  Verkruissen | Sep 29, 2020 |
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