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The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire Book 1) (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Andrea Stewart (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire Book 1)
Kirjailijat:Andrea Stewart (Tekijä)
Info:Orbit (2020), 449 pages
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The Bone Shard Daughter (tekijä: Andrea Stewart)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 13) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
A solid beginning to a series. The magic here was very interesting (and horrifying) where people's bones are being collected in Tithing Festivals to be used by the emperor in constructs that can be used as spies, soldiers or dock workers.

The empire, which consists of many islands, are also unhappy with their leaders and is nearly on the brink of rebellion. The Shardless Few, who oppose the emperor and the collecting of bones, want to create a new world where commoners are treated better.

The Bone shard Daughter follow several POVs and off these Jovis is my favorite. He is a smuggler that is looking for his wife who disappeared many years ago on a dark boat with light blue sails. He picks up a creature in the water that is named Mephi who becomes integral to his storyline. We also follow Lin, the emperor’s daughter that lost all her memories in a disease and who is competing with her foster-brother to become her father’s heir.

The beginning of this was a bit rough for me and it took a while before I became immersed in the story (probably because this is the first book in a series and everything is new) but once I was over this part it was nearly impossible to put down. There are several twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and I’m really looking forward to the next book. ( )
  fantasyaddict | Nov 28, 2021 |
Lin is the Emperor’s daughter, but he won’t name her heir until she recovers her memories, lost in some mysterious way, and learns to use bone shard magic, which is what the Emperor uses to control the constructs that help him rule. Bone shards are extracted from the empire’s citizens as children, except for the ones it kills and the ones who are sent to join the Shardless rebels; using them in the constructs slowly drains the survivors’ lives. Jovin is a smuggler looking for his lost wife who rescues a strange creature and starts to experience stranger events. Phalue is the daughter of the governor of one of the Empire’s islands whose lover is trying to convince her of the problems with the current system. And then there’s the memoryless woman on the isolated island who starts to wonder what’s going on. So: palace intrigue plus magic on floating islands some of which are starting to sink, and I haven’t even mentioned the dangerous Alanga who the constructs were created to fight. It’s stuffed but fun. ( )
  rivkat | Oct 14, 2021 |
I’m again late in reading this book despite having an advance copy but I just couldn’t make myself pick it up earlier. But I have been quite excited about it for a while now and I have to say, it lived up to all my expectations.

I don’t think I have been a fan of island/sea navigation based stories before but I’ve happened to read quite a few of them this year and they’ve all been a lot of fun. This world is even more fascinating because it’s made up of floating islands and I’ve never seen that before. I loved how the author gave us enough information about how the empire and the governorships run across all the islands, but the writing is so cleverly done that we never get bogged down in details. We get to see the perspectives of both people in power with privilege, as well as the common people whose lives are much worse.

While the politics of the world itself was so interesting to read, it’s the titular “Bone Shard” magic thats the best part of this book. As everyone who reads my blog knows, Foundryside is one of my favorite fantasy novels and I always call the scriving magic in it one of the best ever. And there were quite a bit of similarities between the two, but this book took the concept of etching commands on objects to make them obey you to a whole another level and I was instantly captivated. It still has enough resemblance to database management and sql scripting, so that was an absolute joy to read. I would recommend both this book and Foundryside just for the sake of their magic systems, because I’ve come to realize that I love this kind of concept which is so familiar to me.

There are quite a few reviews out there where the readers were surprised to see multiple POVs in the book because the blurb gives an entirely different impression, and I feel that’s a disservice to this amazing debut. But like always, I went in knowing this information, so I wasn’t jarred and really enjoyed getting to know so many different characters. I also decided to listen to the audiobook despite having the eARC because listening seems to be working for me during this pandemic, and the multiple narrators blew me away with their storytelling styles. The pacing may seem a bit slow but the buildup of the story is excellent, and the author takes us on a journey that gets exciting through every chapter. The way that all the multiple storylines converge is also done masterfully, with some excellent foreshadowing as well as misdirection, and I was thrilled when the twists and reveals happened.

Not all of the characters get the same page time, but we quickly come to like each one of them on their own merits and what they bring to the overall story - but Lin and Jovis can be considered the main driving forces in this debut. Lin is the Emperor’s daughter and wants to prove herself to him, that she is a worthy heir. She is resourceful and resilient, strong and compassionate, while also being willful enough to do what’s necessary to achieve her goals. I really admired how she kept going despite any obstacles and can’t wait to see what she does next. Jovis on the other hand has his own goal but is thrust into a bigger game that he doesn’t ask to be a part of, but nevertheless can’t abandon. He tries to come across as a selfish smuggler with no care for anyone, but he does have a bleeding heart and I fell in love with him immediately. And his relationship with his animal companion Mephi is the most adorable ever, and one of my top highlights of this book.

Phalue and Ramani are an established sapphic couple and it’s again something I see so rarely, that it was refreshing. While they may not have many chapters between them, I think as the governor’s daughter and a member of the rebellion respectively, they give unique glimpses into the problems affecting the empire and how indifferent the ruling class is. Ramani is also a great foil to Phalue’s privileged life, making her see the truth of the common people. Phalue does have the bigger character arc, understanding and learning what she can do with her power, but I felt that Ramani also changed in the process, realizing that idealism and governance might not always go hand in hand.

Sand is the final POV and most mysterious of them all and to be honest, we still don’t know much about her at all. Except that the twist in her arc towards the end was something that I did not see coming at all and it sets up for a very unexpected thorn in the side for every other character’s plans in the sequel.

There are many inherent themes across the story but the author executes it in such a way that they are very understated but also clear if we are looking deeply. I think the bone shard magic system itself presents a very existential and realistic question, that is also relevant to us - how much should common people be ready to sacrifice for the sake of security provided by the rulers; and is shortened life span and early unexpected death really worth what the emperor provides, especially when there is no accountability and the sacrifice is literally forced on the people. The other aspect of the story is about rebellions and it’s leaders - the foot soldiers of a rebellion might be full of commoners who believe in the cause and other idealists who have very noble intentions; but coups are never bloodless and power changing hands is not as peaceful or easy as making plans or giving lofty speeches.

To conclude, this is an absolutely fantastic adult SFF debut with a unique world, intriguing magic system, politics of empire and rebellions, and an ensemble of beautifully written characters. I never try to recommend books using comparisons, but in this case I would like to say that if you loved the magic system of Foundryside, you should totally checkout this book. A great story with even better cast of audiobook narrators, this is now clearly in my favorites of the year list and I can’t wait to read what happens next. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Quality fantasy. Lin is the daughter of the Emperor, whose reign has lasted for decades, powered by his mastery of bone shard magic and the constructs he has created to serve his will and keep his secrets. Lin wants to succeed him, with a different agenda, trying to gain access to secret locked rooms, by stealing her father's keys and having a tradesman copy them, but she is locked in competition with an adopted protégé. Our other main characters are: Jovis the smuggler, who starts saving children being harvested for bone shards and who seeks his long lost girlfriend, and Phalue, the daughter of an island governor, who also wants to help the indigent, being motivated by her female lover, who is aligned with subversives. I loved Mephi best, who was some intelligent amphibious mammal, who learns to speak and become a companion and source of power for Jovis. Very good story, but hate having to wait for the next book.

I sure hope Andrea Stewart is no Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch or George R.R. Martin, making fans wait for 5 years for their next book... ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
What a twist! Fast paced. Wildly interesting characters. Hard to put down. Can't wait for #2! ( )
  Natalie_Coe | May 23, 2021 |
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