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Andrea Stewart

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Speculative Fiction


The Sunday Times Bestselling Author

The epic fantasy series author

Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Drowning Empire trilogy (The Bone Shard Daughter, The Bone Shard Emperor and The Bone Shard War). A second trilogy, The Gods Below, is under contract. The Bone Shard Daughter was her debut and was the finalist for numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award and the British Fantasy Award. It garnered praise from authors such as Sarah J. Maas, Alix E. Harrow, Hafsah Faizal and Kevin Hearne.

While her current books are epic fantasy, she also has experience writing contemporary fantasy and science fiction, with short stories published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. 

Andreas writing explores themes of power, identity, and the cost of ambition, and she is known for her complex and flawed characters. She works hard to make her writing emotionally resonant and immersive, drawing readers into her vividly imagined worlds and keeping them hooked until the very end. 

Andrea lives with her family in California. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, painting, birdwatching, and falling down research rabbit holes. She very much enjoys mentoring newer writers, assisting them in tightening up their stories and helping them navigate the route to traditional publishing. If you’re writing speculative fiction, particularly character-focused epic fantasy set in vast, complex worlds, Andrea would be a fantastic coach for you.



Butt in chair and getting the words down is important, but equally so is getting out and learning to observe the world around you. We joke that authors are paid to lie, but the best lies are those rooted in truth.

— Andrea Stewart

The Bone Shard Daughter: The Drowning Empire Book One

Magic. Revolution. Identity.

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 she 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.


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The Bone Shard Emperor

The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor.

Lin Sukai finally sits on the throne she won at so much cost, but her struggles are only just beginning. Her people don’t trust her. Her political alliances are weak. And in a far corner of the Empire a rebel army of constructs is gathering, its leader determined to take the throne by force.

Yet an even greater threat is on the horizon, for the Alanga – the powerful magicians of legend – have returned to the Empire. Lin may need their help to defeat the rebels and restore order.

But can she trust them?


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The Bone Shard War

Lin Sukai has won her first victory as Emperor, but the future of the Phoenix Empire hangs in the balance – and Lin is dangerously short of allies.

As her own governors plot treason, the Shardless Few renew hostilities. Worse still, Lin discovers her old nemesis Nisong has joined forces with the rogue Alanga, Ragan. Both seek her death.

Yet hopes lie in history. Legend tells of seven mythic swords, forged in centuries past. If Lin can find them before her enemies, she may yet be able to turn the tide.

If she fails, the Sukai dynasty – and the entire empire – will fall.


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‘One of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time... This book is truly special.’

—Sarah J. Maas


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