The Bone Shard Daughter

By Andrea Stewart

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The Bone Shard Daughter - An Intriguing Puzzle with a Challenging Read

An Intriguing Puzzle with a Challenging Read

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart, the first novel in The Drowning Empire trilogy, offers a complex narrative that weaves together various perspectives in a world of magic and political intrigue. While this piece has its charms, it also has several flaws that may not appeal to every reader.

The Bone Shard Daughter ‚ô¶ Andrea Stewart


The Bone Shard Daughter has a complicated plot, in which multiple protagonists embark on challenges that finally interlock like puzzle pieces, is one of its most prominent features. Stewart’s expertise in building a unified narrative is demonstrated by the way their various storylines converge. With its bone shard magic system and strange islands, the world-building adds dimension to the plot, creating a complex and immersive atmosphere.

The writing style, however, proves to be frustrating for some readers, making it a difficult read. The text may be dense and intricate, necessitating a high level of focus to properly appreciate the story’s intricacies. This readability problem can detract from the overall enjoyment of the work, potentially discouraging readers from fully interacting with the characters and their arcs.

In terms of characters, The Bone Shard Daughter introduces four main characters, each with their own points of view and journeys. Unfortunately, the difficult writing style makes it impossible to sympathize with all of them equally. Jovis emerges as the most engaging character, with his travels in particular standing out. Lin and her quest are equally interesting, however the tie to her father’s love, the Emperor, feels a little thin, almost as if a plot twist was hinted at from the start.

On the other hand, Phalue comes across as the least sympathetic character, but she could find some redemption (by the reader) in the end, and Sand’s narrative, despite taking a surprising turn, feels somewhat short and underdeveloped, intentionally. These uneven characterizations contribute to a sense of imbalance in the overall narrative.


Lastly, The Bone Shard Daughter is an intriguing story puzzle that elegantly connects disparate paths. However, some readers may be put off by the difficult writing style and uneven characterization. Despite these flaws, the Andrea Stewart manages to create a captivating story that leaves room for anticipation as the trilogy progresses.

This review was first published at The Art of Reading.

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I feel like 1 million pages old. I have lived thousands of lives, loved, mourned and died many deaths. I had a home in almost every corner of the world and in many new worlds. I have made many friends and also fought many enemies.

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