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.
This is an incredibly good start to what is going to be an amazing fantasy series and the beginning of an excellent career for its author.
The book was so good I didn’t want it to end, I was that engrossed. The magic system is really intriguing, as well as sinister and a bit creepy.
As the plot unravels and the Empire literally starts to crumble, the intrigue grows – why is the Emperor losing his grip on the constructs and what made Deerhead Island sink?
People are starting to doubt the power of the throne and wake up in some cases. Setting up a confrontation in the next book already.
I liked Lin’s determination to find out what her father is up to and Jovis’ attempts to stop helping people, even as he helps them.
My favourite character was obviously Mephi, the magical creature Jovis rescues. I’m looking forward to finding out more about him.
This was a really great read, inspired by the author’s own Chinese ancestry, and I can’t wait till the second book is published.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.