Blog Tour: The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart

Good Morning readers! Today, I’m very happy to be bringing you my review of The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart as part of the blog tour. Big thanks to the lovely Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for organising the tour, and of course to the author Andrea Stewart and the publisher Orbit Books for my copy of the book.

Emperor. Not Emporer as I kept typing until I’d done it for about the 30th time and finally learnt the correct spelling.

I’m case you didn’t know, this is the sequel to The Bone Shard Daughter, and the middle book of a planned trilogy. Here’s the synopsis as listed at Goodreads:

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?

SPOILER WARNING: As this is the second in the series, there will inevitably be spoilers for The Bone Shard’s Daughter, so read on at your peril if you’ve not read part 1!

So, so, so. What to say about The Bone Shard Emperor? Well, I’ll start by saying, I bloody LOVED it! If you’re in a rush and can’t be bothered to read the rest of the post then that can be your take away. 5 stars, love it, desperate for more, etc. etc.

Still here? Oh great! Well, I suppose if you’ve stuck around I’d better try and expand the above into some coherent and well reasoned points then hadn’t I?

Well, first of all, the characters. We got to know our main players some more in this book.

The POV switches between Lin, Jovis, Phalue, Ranami and Nisong, as with Book 1. We get to see how these characters deal with their newfound roles and responsibilities within the Empire, as well as the conflicts that arise both between each other, and within themselves. Lin struggles to juggle the people’s needs and gaining the trust and support of the Governors and Jovis is struggling to balance his conflicting loyalties. I liked all of the characters, I liked the way we’ve sort of seen the “after” here, they’ve grappled and taken power for themselves, and now we see how they deal with it and what they’re going to do. Its not easy for them, we see them struggle and I think that this makes them more relatable. There’s not perfect, they’re people. Or you know, constructs.

I find the world that Stewart has built here really intriguing and exploring it more with the characters kept me reading. The archipelago geography used was something I don’t think I’ve come across before and I enjoyed Lin and Jovis’ visits to the different islands where we could read about differing cultures. And Food! I love reading about food in fantasy worlds!

I love the mythology and lore of the Alanga too and l was gripped by the revelations in this regard. I can’t wait to see where this thread goes, who the Alanga were, or are, or are going to be.

Plot wise, things are slightly slower in the first two thirds or so, but not to the point of feeling that the book is dragging at all. We are journeying with the characters, seeing how they deal with the changes that had been thrown at them by the end of Book 1, watching them interact with each other (some that had not done so before) and watching them make discoveries about what those who came before them had done that has led to the current state of the Empire. The switching POV keeps you reading too, as we move all of the Empire and see what everyone is up to.

The last third though, well, its action packed. There’s battles, there’s reveals, there’s set up for the final part in the trilogy. I read the first book and this one with very little break between the two so really felt that I’d been immersed in the world and the story and gotten to know the characters. It was one of those times where you’re desperate to read the book but also desperate not to; I really didn’t want to be left with no more of this trilogy to read.

I really recommend this one, its a highlight of the year for me and I cannot wait for the next part.

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