Reviews

The Bone Shard Emperor – Andrea Stewart

*This is the second book in a series – do not read the synopsis or review below if you have not read The Bone Shard Daughter*

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? 

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 5 Stars

This series is CRIMINALLY underrated. Seriously, how do I not see more people on Instagram and TikTok talking about how damn good it is? The talking animal companions alone would be enough for me to pick up any book without further questions. These books have SO much more than just animal companions though (that said, Mephi is my favorite character). There is betrayal, intrigue, politics, a budding war with multiple fronts, slow burn romance, and TWO different kinds of unique magic. Like…come on.

The pacing of this felt a bit slower, but I loved that the world was further developed and that we got so much more insight into both Jovis and Lin. I love both of their POVs, and I am HERE for the slow burn romance we’re getting between them. Honestly, I just want Jovis and Mephi to be happy – its the ultimate outcome I need from this series.

We also got so much more information about the mysterious Alanga – a threat that was mentioned often in the first book, but that we didn’t learn much about. I’m so intrigued by their history and look forward to seeing how things turn out given the events at the end of the book.

Speaking of…holy crap that was a hell of an ending. I’m still stressed, honestly. I’ll absolutely be counting down the months until September 2022 when I can find out how this trilogy concludes. In the meantime, I’m making it a new goal to get as many people as possible to pick up these books.

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