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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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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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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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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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Binged in two days

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