The Bone Shard Daughter Published by Orbit on January 16, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Dragons & Mythical Creatures, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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"One of the best debut fantasy novels of the year." -- BuzzFeed News
"An amazing start to a new trilogy." -- Culturess
"It grabs you by the heart and the throat from the first pages and doesn't let go." -- Sarah J. Maas
The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable fantasy debut from a major new voice in epic fantasy -- a stunning tale of magic, mystery, and revolution in which the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her power and her place on the throne. 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 as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic. Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright - and save her people.
"One of the best debut fantasy novels of the year." --BuzzFeed News "An amazing start to a new trilogy." --Culturess "It grabs you by the heart and the throat from the first pages and doesn't let go." --Sarah J. Maas "Epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt . . . inventive, adventurous and wonderfully written." --Alix E. Harrow "Utterly absorbing. I adored it." --Emily Duncan "A thoroughly fantastic read." --Kevin Hearne "Stewart's debut is sharp and compelling. It will hook readers in and make them fiercely anticipate the rest of the series." --Booklist "Groundbreaking epic fantasy for a new age." --Tasha Suri "Begins with a spark of intrigue that ignites into a thrilling adventure." --Hafsah Faizal
The Bone Shard Daughter has been on my list of series to read forever. This was just a super fun story and exactly what I think a lot of people are looking for in adult fantasy. The most fun part of this world is the magic system. It uses bone and certain people are able to use bone shard magic to create these creatures who they can make follow their every command. I am a sucker for a cool magic system and that’s exactly what this book has. The author did a good job of breaking it down and explaining how it works. You don’t get all the details upfront. As the story progresses more and more things about the magic are revealed.
The creatuers created remind of me Golems usually made of mud and clay. The Bone Shard Daughter is a fantasy but there a blend of science involved as well, especially with the creation of creatures and the odd combination that the Emerperor creates. The story is also told in multiple character points of view but each part stands to add to the story and two of them do combine at the end of book one. Eager to continue and read books two and three of this amazing series.