A stunning tale of magic and revolution in which a former heir to an emperor fights to reclaim her birthright. This fantasy debut has it all — forbidden magic, epic world-building, political unrest, vibrant characters, mysterious monsters and nonstop adventure! With an Asian-inspired setting and refreshingly unique magic system, this one is a standout in the fantasy space, and — best news of all — it’s the first in a planned trilogy. Get ready to be completely absorbed in the drowning empire.
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.
"One of the best debut fantasy novels of the year." —BuzzFeed News
"An amazing start to a new trilogy." —Culturess
"It grabs you by the heart and the throat from the first pages and doesn't let go." —Sarah J. Maas
"Epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt . . . inventive, adventurous and wonderfully written." —Alix E. Harrow
"Utterly absorbing. I adored it." —Emily Duncan
"A thoroughly fantastic read." —Kevin Hearne
"Stewart's debut is sharp and compelling. It will hook readers in and make them fiercely anticipate the rest of the series." —Booklist
"Groundbreaking epic fantasy for a new age." —Tasha Suri
"Begins with a spark of intrigue that ignites into a thrilling adventure." —Hafsah Faizal
About the Author
When her (admittedly ambitious) dreams of becoming a dragon slayer didn't pan out, she instead turned to writing books. She now lives in sunny California, and in addition to writing, can be found herding cats, looking at birds, and falling down research rabbit holes.