The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

I read this book a while back, but thanks to my writing rut, I am just getting around to reviewing it.
The book is a quick read for its size. This came as a surprise and therefore beat other information about the story to the top of this review. The magic in the story was quite entertaining, as was the worldbuilding. I am a little apprehensive about what the ‘witstone’ is going to turn out to be. At this point, it is veering too close to another series that I read (the concept of wizardwood).
We have an empire in turmoil. It is too vast for humans to hold together, so the Emperor uses something called Bone Shard magic to create minions who do his bidding. We have multiple views, with three prominent people spearheading the narrative. The first being the titular Emperor’s daughter, another is a daughter of a governor of another island, and finally, the last is a heroic smuggler who is actually more than he gives himself credit for. Intermittently we also have a sort-of unnamed woman on a remote island who is recovering memories, a lot of which comes to her by the end. This revelation was the most unexpected of the lot. I thought it would have gone a whole other way. It will be hard to tie up all the loose ends, and I look forward to seeing what the author does next.
The writing was straightforward and fast-paced, lending a simplistic quality to an otherwise complicated world.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and other fantasy books of empires in peril.

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