ARC Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart


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 the first book in The Drowning Empire trilogy.  The gorgeous cover art completely grabbed my attention as did the synopsis.  This is an Asian inspired fantasy which is told from the point of view of five different characters.  Although this is a lot of POVs it actually worked really well.  All the characters are brilliantly portrayed, really diverse and from different backgrounds, each facing their own different challenges. 

The storyline is quite complex but the story telling itself is wonderful and with great pacing it is very easy to read and well executed.  It is infused with many twists and turns which kept me engrossed and guessing throughout.  A few of the revelations I didn’t see coming at all and completely took me by surprise.

Based around an empire consisting of different islands, the world building is brilliant along with the intriguing magic system called bone shard magic, which creates monstrous constructs made up of different animal parts. The creation of these constructs is absolutely fascinating and at the same time quite horrific.

This is a really interesting story with fabulous world building, a unique magic system and carefully constructed and well developed characters. A must read for all fantasy lovers and a fantastic debut novel.  It clearly paves the way for a sequel, which I’m very much looking forward to reading and learning so much more about this amazing world. 

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK
Publication Date:  10 September 2020
Rating: 4 Stars 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book.  

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9 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

  1. This review was great! I hadn’t heard of this book before and but the cover did really grab my attention 😅 the story sounds amazing and something I would really enjoy, just a bit worried about the 5 point of views haha

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