The Bone Shard War

Orbit. (The Drowning Empire, Bk. 3). Apr. 2023. 624p. ISBN 9780316541510. $29. FANTASY
The Phoenix Empire is on the precipice of falling, and Lin Sukai knows that her decisions as Emperor will make or break the Sukai dynasty. She is taxed on several fronts: the Shardless Few continue their attacks, while her governors have their own treasonous agendas. Ragan, the Alanga who seeks revenge for Lin’s father’s choices, has paired with the construct Nisong, and Lin’s death is their only acceptable end. When the legend of seven swords is found to be real, all move to gather the mythical weapons, for the one who holds them also holds the power to rule. Lin must learn much more about the history of the Alanga, the islands, and her father—and then decide if legacy is more important than peace. The multiple points of view give readers a deep understanding of the different characters as they are given their moments to reflect and grow, and the action is dramatic and impactful.
VERDICT Stewart’s final book in “The Drowning Empire” trilogy (following The Bone Shard Emperor) is an epic and emotional end to the series.
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