The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2)

Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart returns with The Bone Shard Emperor, the second installment of this unmissable, action-packed, magic-laced fantasy epic.

The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor.  

Lin Sukai finally sits on the throne she won at so much cost, but her struggles are only just beginning. Her people don’t trust her. Her political alliances are weak. And in the north-east of the Empire, a rebel army of constructs is gathering, its leader determined to take the throne by force.  

Yet an even greater threat is on the horizon, for the Alanga – the powerful magicians of legend – have returned to the Empire. They claim they come in peace, and Lin will need their help in order to defeat the rebels and restore peace.  

But can she trust them?

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“There was nothing noble about war.”

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Is this not just a stunning cover? Book 1 cover is just as beautiful, I can’t wait to have both in my hands!

Lin is emperor and has taken over for her father. She is in a precarious position, her father ruled with an iron fist and the people did not love him. She is trying to change that, earn their respect but also their love. While Lin is the main POV, there are a handful of others. Each one is unique and comes together well at the end. 

The book is very information dense. The story shapes slowly, building on small blocks of information until everything comes together amazingly at the end.  The magic system is the foundation . Since Lin is emperor in every way OPPOSITE of her father, she chooses not to use bone shard magic. 

Bone shard magic is fascinating. In a body (living or dead) a shard can be placed inside that has instructions on it that are absolute. Once the shard is placed, that person is under the command of the one who put it there. (This is a very simple explanation.) The base of the story follows Lin trying to rid the empire of this magic, but she finds a necessity and goes against all she believes to use it once again. It’s a powerful story of love, deceit, fighting for beliefs and friendship.

Content Summary: Language, monster, violence and blood, f/f marriage and adoption, a young girl previously had a hand cut off for stealing, battles and wounds and deaths, murder, some blood, intimacy =kissing.

Thank you to Orbit Books and NetGalley for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

The book releases November 11, 2021.

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