The Bone Shard Emperor by: Andrea Stewart

You know that feeling when you give a series a chance and the first book is actually a fairly solid outing? So you’re willing to give the second book a chance and it doesn’t measure up?

That feeling is why I’m always hesitant to give series a try and unfortunately this book fell right into the whole “book two kind of bites” pit.


Pacing, too many POVs, a romance that has no business, in my opinion, being there, weak conflict due to lack of communication.

All that leads to a pretty big lump of a book. I feel like the extra POVs could have been trimmed down, they really bogged things down, plus the plotting was a bit weak.

I really feel like the romance was forced, just be friends, it felt like it made more sense? And with a story with so many secrets and lies, I got bored.

Does the book pick up? Yes, but at that point, I was just finishing the book. I cannot stand bad pacing and this book was bloated with it for the first 2/3.

There is also animal injury so be wary of that.

Also, scale is an issue. How big are things? The size of dogs but what size because descriptions of events afterwards don’t make it clear. And the Empire itself is hard to get a great feel for size wise. It doesn’t feel big to me.

It was nice to see more of the queer characters.

Maybe book 3 will be stronger. I hope so.

I’m giving this a 3 star rating and it just barely eked into that.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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