The Bone Shard Daughter

The Bone Shard Daughter : The Drowning Empire Book One

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'One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time...This book is truly special' Sarah J. Maas

Magic. Revolution. Identity.

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 she 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.

The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable fantasy debut - a captivating tale of magic, revolution and mystery, where a young woman's sense of identity will make or break an empire.

'A bold, ambitious debut' M. R. Carey

'Epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt . . . inventive, adventurous and wonderfully written' Alix E. Harrow

'Brilliant world-building, deep intrigue and incredible heart' Megan E. O'Keefe

'Action-packed, must-read epic fantasy . . . One of the best debut fantasy novels of the year' Buzzfeed

'This brilliant fantasy debut has announced Andrea Stewart as quite possibly the best newcomer of the year' Novel Notions



The Drowning Empire series
The Bone Shard Daughter
The Bone Shard Emperor (November '21)
The Bone Shard War (coming 2022)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 32mm | 320g
  • ORBIT
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780356514956
  • 80,279

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The Bone Shard Daughter is one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. With stunningly intricate world-building that leaps off the page and characters who are so vibrant that you wish they were real, it grabs you by the heart and the throat from the first pages and doesn't let go until long after it's over. This book is truly special * Sarah J. Maas * As the narrative gains pace and change sweeps the islands, Stewart skilfully orchestrates her diverse cast towards a satisfyingly gripping climax * Guardian * The Bone Shard Daughter is epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt, concerned with the real lives caught in the gears of empire and rebellion. Inventive, adventurous, and wonderfully written -- Alix E. Harrow A complex and dark tapestry of a fantasy woven through with brilliant world-building, deep intrigue, and incredible heart -- Megan E. O'Keefe The Bone Shard Daughter begins with a spark of intrigue that ignites into a thrilling adventure you cannot miss - with a unique (and painful!) magic system to boot * Hafsah Faizal, NYT bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame * Action-packed, must-read epic fantasy . . . One of the best debut fantasy novels of the year * Buzzfeed News * A rich and rewarding novel, original and thought-provoking, and I didn't want it to end * Fantasy Book Review * There's a bold, ambitious imagination at work here - and this is a world you'll want to linger in * M. R. Carey * The Bone Shard Daughter seized my attention and wouldn't let go. It's a thoroughly fantastic read and I eagerly await the sequel * Kevin Hearne * A grand, ingenious and sweeping tale of power, magic and heart, The Bone Shard Daughter is groundbreaking epic fantasy for a new age' * Tasha Suri * An unforgettable tale of magic and intrigue, and the start of a fascinating trilogy * Gareth Hanrahan * Richly told, emotional, [and] action-laced * Library Journal (starred review) * I couldn't put Andrea Stewart's BONE SHARD DAUGHTER down. A kaleidoscopic cast, a fascinating world, captivating magic and enthralling politics -- I'm already looking forward to the next book! Meantime, I can't stop thinking about this one. A fantastic adventure * Fran Wilde * Stewart has drawn a fascinating world with characters who have deep foundations, and who will quickly capture readers' hearts . . . Stewart's debut is sharp and compelling. It will hook readers in and make them fiercely anticipate the rest of the series * Booklist * This brilliant fantasy debut has announced Andrea Stewart as quite possibly the best newcomer of the year * Novel Notions * There is a fantastic cast of characters, a compelling plot, a unique magic system and a vividly written world. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next... This will definitely be on my favourite books of 2020 list and will probably be my favourite fantasy debut of the year * Fantasy Faction * THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER is full of atmospheric delights: a spooky palace full of locked doors and awful secrets! Wonderful characters struggling with hard choices! Intriguing worldbuilding! An endearing yet mysterious animal companion! Profoundly creepy bone shard magic! This is a fantastic read well worth your time. I can't wait for the sequel! * Melissa Caruso * Gripping . . . one of 2020's strongest debuts * Fantasy Hive * The Bone Shard Daughter is truly something special. Not only does it deftly weave what initially seems like five separate stories together into something powerful and thrilling, the novel contains precisely the sort of compelling characters and rich worldbuilding that make this genre so much fun to read in the first place * Den of Geek *
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About Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart is the Chinese American daughter of immigrants, and was raised in a number of places across the United States. When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn't pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sunny California.
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Rating details

10,107 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 35% (3,535)
4 44% (4,457)
3 17% (1,694)
2 3% (348)
1 1% (73)
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