Sunday, January 29, 2023

Review: THE BONE SHARD WAR by Andrea Stewart


Rating: 3/5 stars

I really enjoyed The Bone Shard Daughter and absolutely loved The Bone Shard Emperor, but I thought this conclusion, The Bone Shard War, was rather average and a bit of a letdown compared to the other two books. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked this book because I like the characters and the setting and Andrea Stewart’s writing style, but I definitely thought it was the weakest of the series. 

The second book in this trilogy had such an explosive ending that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this concluding novel, but then I felt the beginning (and the middle) of The Bone Shard War moved rather slowly. The plot seems a little disjointed from where we left off in book two. Also, the majority of this installment takes place on a boat, which was quite unexpected and not super enjoyable for me.

The bone shard magic continues to be very cool in this book, and we got to see some pretty neat revelations in relation to how the magic works, which I was very happy about. No spoilers here, but I loved seeing how some questions posed in the first book were finally answered here. I was really satisfied on that front. 

I was also satisfied with the overall ending, but not overly so. I appreciated that Andrea Stewart did not handle the story’s conclusion in a traditional sense and instead sent the plot in a direction that was actually pretty unexpected. Unfortunately, by the time I reached the final battle and the following concluding scenes, I was feeling pretty burnt out from getting through the rest of the book and didn’t feel that I was able to enjoy the ending as much as I wanted to. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the Drowning Empire series and I would recommend it to epic fantasy fans who want something a little different. The magic is very cool and the characters are fun to get to know, especially the adorable animal companions! I can’t wait to see what new worlds Stewart will create for us in the future because she’s an author to watch. 

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