Review: The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart


Following her victory as Emperor, Lin Sukai is faced with a precarious future for the Phoenix Empire as she lacks allies. The situation is exacerbated by her own governors planning treason and the Shardless Few reigniting hostilities. To make matters worse, Lin discovers that her arch-nemesis Nisong has teamed up with the rebel Alanga, Ragan, both of whom have set their sights on eliminating Lin. However, the key to reversing this tide of adversity could lie in ancient history. Legend speaks of seven mythical swords forged centuries ago, and if Lin can locate them before her enemies do, she may yet have a chance to turn things around. However, if she fails, the Sukai dynasty and the entire empire will crumble.



From the moment I first read The Bone Shard Daughter, I was captivated by Andrea Stewart’s incredible narrative, brimming with suspense and mystery. And now, with the arrival of The Bone Shard War, the long-awaited conclusion to this epic tale, I can safely say that the author has exceeded all expectations. This thrilling finale delivers on its promise to unveil the enigmas of the drowning empire, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the final page. It is a truly satisfying conclusion that will not disappoint.

Andrea Stewart’s world-building in The Bone Shard War is a testament to her skill as a writer, as she expertly weaves together a complex tapestry of mysteries, secrets, and revelations that culminate in a thrilling and satisfying finale. From the very beginning, Stewart has kept readers on the edge of their seats, slowly revealing information about the world and its characters in a way that is both tantalizing and rewarding. As the series has progressed, the scope of the world has expanded, with new details and hidden depths being uncovered at every turn. Stewart’s decision to immerse readers in this world, allowing them to discover its secrets alongside the characters, is a stroke of genius, and it pays off in spades as the story builds towards its climax. By the end of the series, every piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, and the world that Stewart has created feels like a living, breathing entity that has grown and evolved alongside its characters. It is a remarkable achievement and a testament to Stewart’s talent as a writer.

The Drowning Empire trilogy features a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique character arc that adds depth and richness to the story. While there are many noteworthy character arcs in the series, I will only highlight a few standout characters who have left a lasting impression on me throughout the series.

Lin is a phenomenal character that resonates with readers due to her genuine nature and her character growth throughout the series. Her journey from a questioning daughter to a powerful ruler is an inspiring one that keeps readers engaged throughout the series. Despite the challenges she faces, including the burden of leading an empire and dealing with opposition from her people, Lin remains endearing and inspiring. Her story is both heartwarming and thrilling as she navigates her personal journey while also taking on the responsibility of leading an entire nation.

Jovis’ character development is an enthralling journey that showcases his bravery and compassion. The Bone Shard War sees Jovis facing his biggest trial yet, confronting his fears and fully embracing his character. Throughout the series, Jovis’ character arc is both compelling and intense, as he transforms into a brave and compassionate man. His actions often contradict his words, making him a beloved character. Moreover, Jovis’ friendship with Mephy is one of the highlights of the series, and I was captivated by their bond since the first book. Overall, Andrea Stewart has created a nuanced and layered character in Jovis, whose growth and development make for a riveting read.

Ranami and Phalue are a couple with different backgrounds, who overcame their differences through love and understanding, and showed how conflicts can lead to personal growth. Initially, Ranami’s character was not very likable in the first book, but throughout the series, she developed into a wonderful character. The growth of Ranami and Phalue complemented each other, and they shared many moments together in the series, especially in The Bone Shard Emperor where they reached their fullest potential. However, in The Bone Shard War, they are separated, and they have to take on new roles that will change the direction of the story. Ranami evolves from being a follower to a leader and rises like a phoenix from the ashes. Meanwhile, Phalue has been a supportive companion throughout Ranami’s journey and knows her full potential.

Sand is a unique character in The Drowning Empire series, serving as the wildcard among the antagonists. When first introduced in The Bone Shard Daughter, her purpose was not clear. However, in The Bone Shard Emperor, it became apparent that Sand would be a character who would constantly surprise readers. Throughout the series, Andrea Stewart skillfully developed Sand’s character, allowing her motivations and intentions to align with the plot’s development. In The Bone Shard War, we see how Sand’s character arc is shaped by her psychological trauma from her memories. Although she has committed terrible acts throughout the series, I could never help but feel sorry for her. In the end, seeing her character arc come to a hopeful and joyful conclusion left me with a satisfying feeling.

As a devoted reader who has been following this series since the beginning, it brings me great joy and honor to have witnessed the growth and development of its characters. The genuine relationships that blossomed throughout the series have left an indelible mark on me. Although I am content with the way Stewart concluded this epic tale, I am also saddened by the fact that I must bid farewell to these beloved characters. For those who have followed this series and plan to read The Bone Shard War, be prepared for an exhilarating and emotional journey from beginning to end. For those who are contemplating reading this series, I highly recommend that you do so as each book is an impressive work of fiction. I hold this series in the highest esteem, and I eagerly anticipate reading more works from the talented author, Andrea Stewart.


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