ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
These new authors just keep getting better and better.
I first got wind of The Bone Shard Daughter from a review by Petrik at Novel Notions. The premise sounded pretty intriguing. An Emperor’s daughter, fighting to save the empire from her father’s rule. Studying a strange and brutal magic involving shards of bone taken from the common folk. Secrets, locked doors, lost memories and bizarre creatures constructed and commanded. AND THAT’S ONLY HALF THE STORY! The summary doesn’t tell you about the other characters and neither will I because it was such a treat to discover on my own.
The Bone Shard Daughter is an incredibly unique story. I can’t really think of much to compare it too. It avoids almost all fantasy tropes and the ones that are there, Andrea Stewart puts a fresh twist on it.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It has everything the modern fantasy reader is looking for. Dark magic, conflicted characters, wonderful LGBTQ+ representation, cute animal companions, and distorted history. The Bone Shard Daughter is damn near perfect.
Release date: September 8th, 2020.