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  • Locked doors, dark secrets and living nightmares

    With her debut book, The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart shows she’s not afraid to bend and twist the definitions of the young adult fantasy genre. This is not just another YA fantasy. This is a young adult fantasy mystery with locked doors, dark secrets and nightmares given life. While the book doesn’t exactly contain a lot of steamy scenes, this is without a doubt a story about love as an unyielding force with the power to make the impossible possible. Not only love as in romance, but the kind of love that creates unbreakable and life altering bonds between friends. The Bone Shard Daughter is about diversity. Romantic diversity as in that there’s nothing unusual about same-sex couples getting married or adopting children, quite the opposite. And cultural diversity as in not being accepted or treated differently because of certain outward traits. What gender the different characters in this book had didn’t really matter, it didn’t feel important or essential for the story. This is the first book I’ve read, ever, where I wasn’t sure about what gender one of the characters had until it was confirmed in the second half of the book. And it surprised me how little it bothered me. Understand me right, I’m not too concerned about what gender a person has as, it’s up to the person themselves. But I would’ve thought it would make it harder to bond with and visualize the character - I was wrong. I connected with and saw myself in this character after reading only a few pages and it definitely opened up my eyes a bit more about exactly how irrelevant genders really are to define a person. I was completely blown away by the intricate and utterly unique magic system which I’m more than eager to discover further. It’s been quite a while since I came across a book with a completely unfamiliar magical system but the bone shard magic is nothing short of genius. Imagine a sort of programming magic but instead of writing algorithms into technical objects, this system is all organic. The robot-like creatures which carries out different tasks all around the great Empire aren’t built out of bits and pieces of metal and wires but instead consist of more or less seamlessly stitched together body parts from different types of animals. Neither does these constructions run on electricity like ordinary robots. A construct draws energy from the very life force of human beings. By carving different sorts of commands on a bone shard and then insert it into a construct, the Emperor and his family has the power to awaken these constructs and make them do their bidding. There’s so much about The Bone Shard Daughter that sets it apart from most other books within the fantasy genre that it’s absolute impossible to cover everything in a single review. Not that I’d want to even if it were possible. This book, the story and the world between the covers, is something that should be experienced in first hand. A summarization won’t do the entity of this book justice. (P.S I really really really want a Mephi on my own. Curious about what (or should I say who… Mephi is)? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out for yourself!) ***Thank you Andrea Stewart and Little, Brown Book Group UK for giving me a copy of The Bone Shard Daughter in exchange for an honest review.***

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  • One of the best of 2020!

    Do you love fantasy? Do you love intriguing stories, with secrets laced between each paragraph? Compelling characters? The Bone Shard Daughter is the right pick for you.

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  • The constructs

    A complex and well written fantasy, with great characters and absorbing plot. I look forward to reading the next on this series.

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  • Lives in my head rent free

    I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley and I cannot stop thinking about it. I loved the worldbuilding and the magic and I'm curious to learn more about it in the following books - and I adored the characters. The switching between first and third person POV was a bit strange, but nevertheless, greatly enjoyable. Some characters hold me by the throat and I can only say thank you.

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