I loved this story of an Empire of islands on the verge of rebellion. The emperor's feisty daughter is working to regain lost memories and learn the frankenstein-like skills of her father to gain his trust, even as she questions the morality of the work. On another island, a heart-of-gold smuggler searches for his kidnapped wife, and gets drawn into the revolution against his better judgement with the guidance of a mysterious (and adorable) creature. Unique world building and engaging characters kept me turning pages SO FAST to find out all the answers to the secrets hidden within. There was also just enough mystery with the world building to have me speculating on where the story will go in book two, which I obviously can't wait to read!— Lindsey
In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.
The emperor's reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire's many islands.
Lin is the emperor's daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognize her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright - and save her people.