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The Bone Shard Daughter is an unmissable fantasy debut for 2020 - a captivating tale of magic, revolution and mystery, where a young woman's sense of identity will make or break an empire.

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 recognise 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.

©2020 Andrea Stewart (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Original fantasy

A breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre. It's awesome to see more and more authors with different backgrounds, it means a broader field in the literature. Finally not all characters are white orphans with a difficult childhood having to flee their home.

The only problem is that you'd think I'd have learned not to start an unfinished series (King killer chronicles anyone?). But noooooo. So yet again, I'll just have to be patient and wait for the next instalment.

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Brilliant book, fantastic performances

Great debut book, fascinating world and magic system, develops brilliantly through the book. The story and magical elements progress enough through the different characters to really set up the follow up book.

Narrators - performances are really good. Definitely enjoy the different narrators and find they add huge amounts.

I really feel fantasy books benefit hugely from different voices for different characters. It’s where you move from a reading of a book, to a performance.

When Steven pacey isn’t available or chosen then I guess you need multiple voice actors, and this book does that well, the narrators each do very well with the characters.

Jheez I hope this author is a quick writer.. nothing worse then enjoying a fantasy book when it is newly released and realising you have potentially to wait years for the follow-up!

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One of the best voice actings

I really loved this one! Such an awesome story! I need more :D Can't wait until the next volume!

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Fantastic!

I loved this! Full of mystery, secrets, adventure and surprising plot twists, I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

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I hope there is at least a triology to come!

I enjoyed the story and awaiting the next book. It was very well narrated and presented. I know I will be reading more from this author.

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loved it

I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. the narration was splendid, the plot and the characters well executed and quite unique. Good, solid writing. 4.5 stars

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Original and well paced with plenty of mystery

Took a rare punt on a new author and really enjoyed this, original world, good varied characters, can't wait for the next one!

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Gripping, well narrated and novel fantasy concept.

I loved this story. It kept me gripped right until the end. The character development was just right and I loved the magic system. I didn't see the twists and turns of the plot coming and was totally side swiped!
The narrators were fantastic. Their voices absolutely suited the characters they read and I loved the male narrator for male character and female for females.
Eagerly awaiting book 2!

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Mixed feelings

Really slow start, but it turned out pretty good. The narrators did a good job, and the way the characters were tied together in the end was quite well done

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cracking read

A little slow to start but loved the story and can't wait for more to come

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  • Lisa Shibest
  • 14-10-20

Amazing Fantasy Debut!

I loved this book!!

The bone magic, multiple POV, politics & characters were well done. I cannot wait until book 2.

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  • Gwen Baxter
  • 30-09-20

unique premise

I really enjoyed this book. Alternate viewpoints added to the drama. want more of this story, hope there is a sequel.

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  • joshua L albee
  • 04-01-21

meh

the voice performance was ok. lots of constant excitement or constant apprehension regardless of whats going on. plot was ok I guess. the journeys of each character seemed only remotely related.

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  • Cynders
  • 29-09-20

Can’t wait for a sequel!

Excellent story, imaginative, well paced. Great characters and the reading was superb. I’m hoping there is a sequel.

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