The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2) – Andrea Stewart

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit Publishing
Pages: 416
Release Date: November 23, 2021

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? 


The Bone Shard Emperor focused more on the world and lore than its predecessor. Where The Bone Shard Daughter focused on establishing the characters and the magic, The Bone Shard Emperor expanded the world and lore setting up what is going to be an explosive finale.

I enjoyed The Bone Shard Emperor more than its predecessor because of this expansion of the world and lore. Stewart focused a lot on the mysterious Alanga giving readers a glimpse of the past and what’s to come. Stewart largely accomplished this expansion through Jovis. Jovis discovered a journal he slowly translated as the novel progressed. I absolutely loved this addition as it gives readers more context regarding the world without taking away from or breaking the pace of the story.

Jovis was my favourite character of The Bone Shard Emperor. Jovis struggled with his commitment with Lin versus his commitment with the Shardless Few as his feelings towards Lin evolved, thereby creating tension and internal conflict.

Overall, The Bone Shard Emperor expanded the world immensely, but there’s still a lot yet to be revealed and I can’t wait!

***I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Will you be reading The Bone Shard Emperor?

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