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The Bone Shard Emperor

By: Andrea Stewart
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus,Feodor Chin,Emily Woo Zeller
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In this action-packed magical fantasy epic, a heroine at the head of a powerful empire confronts a raging battle as she’s forced to do whatever it takes to restore peace.

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 northeast 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?

©2021 Andrea Stewart (P)2021 Orbit

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This book started out a little bit slow but it got better as it went on. I’ve always liked Lynn and Jovis from the beginning. The constructs remind me of a zombie apocalypse. Lynn also finds out that there are more Alanga popping up then she thought.

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Can we get the third book please?

I would love to just erase my memories and start this book all over again. I am enamored by these characters and wish that I could live in this beautiful world.

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I would have given this five stars like the first one, but the author committed the mortal sin of forcing characters to behave contrary to their nature for the sake of the plot. Please see more or less all of Jovis's actions in the first half of this book in comparison to how he felt (especially about the Shardless Few) at the end of the last book for the prime example. All said, though, once you swallow the bad taste, the book is exciting and thoughtful. My favorite aspect is the conflict between all the things that gives a person their identity and how that identity affects the way people view them. And poor Linn, who is so many different things at once that she doesn't fit anywhere. If there is another book in the series, I hope things go well for her.

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Awesome world, fabulous, characters, and creepy co

The Bone Shard Daughter sat on my TBR list far too long. When I finished reading it last year I was not only impressed but incredibly eager for the next book in the series. I pre-ordered and read Emperor on release day and it was fantastic!

I love how Stewart expands the world and balances telling the story through multiple characters’ PoV. There’s something for everyone in this series and I can see there being potential for far more than one more additional book in this immersive world with a rich history.

The primary plot line follows Lin after she takes over as Emperor and installs Jovis as her captain of the guard. Both of them withhold major secrets from one another coming in from book one. I was screaming at both of them to come clean about their duplicity for half the book! But, alas.

There’s a lot more politicking in this book compared to book one, however, Stewart does a great job balancing it with worldbuilding and, again, the expert use of multiple characters’ PoV. If politics aren’t your thing in fantasy, there’s also plenty of action, intrigue, scheming, backstabbing, magic, and mythical beasts!

I appreciate that the core plot threads are resolved in this book while setting up for an exciting third installment. While there’s no massive cliffhanger on the final page, I’m definitely amped up for the next book.

The narrators for the audiobook are fabulous and really bring the characters to life.

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Nice continuation

The saga continues with trying to figure out the good from the bad guys, everyone seeming to have a secret trying to achieve a goal. While getting perturbed with the actions of Jovis frequently, he also is the only character that I actually care about. The series is a little too YA for me, but for those who really enjoy YA fantasy, it would be easy to recommend. I don’t care for multiple narration, so if I continue, will be in the reading format.

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Characters are too dislikeable.

First book was better. The characters became very annoying, cliche, and unlikable in this story. The plot, concepts, and ideas are cool and kept me engaged, but I didn't care for any of the main characters. I also thought the series could have ended, but is being dragged out for a third book, which I know is something that authors do, but it feels artificial to the arc of the story.

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I did not want it to end.

When a book is able to transport me to a time and place so well defined and imagined, I consider it a success. When that same book has me so involved with the characters and on the edge of my seat anticipating the conclusion of the story it is doubly successful. Now however, I am forced to patiently await the next book in the sequence. As soon as it is announced, I will preorder it.

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What a great book!

This series is so unique! I really enjoy the magical place that Andrea Stewart takes us to. I got emotional multiple times during this book as the characters coalesce.

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Excellent Sequel!

Bone Shard Daughter was great, and this was a great sequel. Obviously there's another, I can't wait!

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Wonderful!

I am loving this series. The characters and story are well thought out! The narrators are terrific.

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Great story, great narration

All three narrators deliver stellar performances once again in a solid sequel. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-21

Binged in two days

This series continues to be engaging, fun and interesting fantasy. Not a boring second in 17 hours.