Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Complicated decisions are par for the course in Andrea Stewart’s Drowning Empire series, a richly developed world with lots of secrets & turns & the feeling that danger lurks around every corner but all’s not yet lost.
Like in book 1, book 2 The Bone Shard Emperor focuses on several different people, many of whom have different visions for the future of the Empire & who should be leading it & how.
This is a personally important question for Lin, whose father was Emperor & whom she deposed. Now, she’s picking up the pieces with Jovis, a man she doesn’t entirely trust—even as she never suspects his real intentions.
The writing is bold & invigorating & routinely pulls at my heartstrings. The plot itself feels inventive & distinctive & somewhat complicated but I’m on mostly board with that…except there is one revelation shared between Lin and Jovis that feels too easily and quickly resolved.
Beyond that I’m curious to see how things are resolved because there are lots of threats in this book, lots of pieces to tie together.
This series has had moments of darkness—including death and suffering—but the ultimate feeling is of hope, resourcefulness, connection, & personal empowerment. I hope it all ends on a high note!
4 ⭐️. Release date: 11/23.
Give me that HEA, please.
Join my mailing list.
Want to receive a weekly email with links to my latest blog posts? Sign up below!