This is the first book in the Drowning Empire trilogy and is a fantasy book inspired by Asian cultures. Lin is heir to the throne but her father, the current emperor, wants her to prove herself to him. Her father rules with the mysterious Bone Shard Magic in which people of his empire must sacrifice one of their bone shards from their skull to power the palace and its army. The story is told through the perspectives of four characters in four different lands of the empire: Lin, the emperor’s daughter; Phalue and Ranami, a queer couple; and Jovis the seafaring captain and his unusual creature friend Mephi. As rebellion against the emperor get stronger, some are uniting to end the classism that is destroying their land.