Book Review

The Bone Shard Emperor – Andrea Stewart

Book Title: The Bone Shard Emperor

Series:  The Drowning Empire #2

Author:  Andrea Stewart

Goodreads Link:

Release Date:  11/23/21

Star Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am thoroughly ashamed of myself for waiting so long to write this review.

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?  – Goodreads

I LOVED this book. It’s the second in what is shaping up to be a standout series. Short story, last July I ended up in the hospital for 8 days and was confined to the hospital bed… no getting up for any reason and let me tell you it is so incredibly dull in there! The weird thing is, even though this is a time when you are most in need of distraction I find it is so hard to concentrate on anything at all when I’m in the hospital. I just lay there and stare at the wall or whatever is on the tv and I feel like my brain is just floating away. Being sick definitely is part of it, but also it’s just so hard to think about anything. Weird. I started reading the first book in this series in the hopes that I could find something to keep me going, and it worked! I still couldn’t spend long periods of time reading, but when I could this drew in my attention and helped me through the week. High praise from me, it was just what I needed at the time.

The characters in the book are very well drawn. Their plight is compelling and they show good growth from book one to book two. It’s very easy to get attached to them (I’m looking at you Mephi.) The magic system is fascinating and that does a lot to make this a good read. A middle book can be a challenge but I feel like this one makes a good case for reading the third when it comes out in … 2023?! Oh boy, I have a wait in store. It’s all good. By then I will probably need to re-read the first to to prepare and I’m so ok with that. 🙂 If you couldn’t tell, this was one of my favorite reads of 2021. Looking forward to next year!

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