Typically, I don’t write another review for a book I’m rereading, but my rereading life has been amazing this year and really opening my eyes to a stories. So, I may write or rewrite a review here and there. And there’s no exception for The Bone Shard Daughter.
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.
My secondary thoughts
On the second read through, this book is still a hit for me. If anything, I feel more for this book after reading it twice than I did the first time. I love it more! And now I’m more excited about book two, which definitely leaves its clues throughout book one.
I know many people out there who fell in love with The Bone Shard Daughter and thinking back to my original feelings about the book, but I was middling. It was good and I knew I really loved it, but I wasn’t wowed by it the first time around. It kind of surprises me looking back because I truly fell in love with this story on the second time around. Weird?
Maybe it’s because I’ve grown in the year or maybe now that I have a better understanding of the world I’m about to enter into that I can confidently read and enjoy it rather than gather the necessary bits and pieces I need to comprehend the story. I absolutely loved Lin and her characterization. I love Mephi and Thrana and what they mean to the entire world. I also love the world itself; the dark constructs and the usage of bone shards to move them.
I also never noticed how much representation is in this story. Jovis being bi-racial is crucial to his character since you don’t know which side he’s truly on. However, I really wish there was more representation of both his cultures. I feel like we get a lot of the Imperial culture here, but not a lot about the other half.
Also, I never realized how much this story is based on East Asian culture. From the statuary to the clothing, I couldn’t believe that I missed this glaringly obvious component of the story!
There’s a lot to love about this book and this reread really just solidified my love for this book.
However, the things that bugged me the first time I read this book still bugged me. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved this book, but I could have done without. Most of what I’m mad about are probably more just pet peeves for me than issues with the book. I truly did love this book and definitely will read the rest of the series.