Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Page Count: 516
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand is the first book of the Empirium series. This one is supposed to be a young adult fantasy but I will start this review right off with a warning to potential readers that I was quite surprised but the sexual content within, a lot more graphic than I would expect for anything young adult and along with language used here and there I would definitely suggest this for the older crowd only.
The story within changes the point of view between Rielle Dardenne and Eliana Ferracora along different timelines as it goes back and forth. The world building in here is a bit lacking making the book confusing to follow at first with no clear explanation giving but just slowly following these two building their characters and those around them.
Rielle is one that has been kept away hiding the powers that she has but when it becomes known she possesses them she has to prove herself through difficult trials. There is a prophecy of a Sun Queen and Rielle needs to prove that she is the one that the prophecy foretold and she will be on the side of the kingdom and her people.
Eliana is one that has always followed orders and done what she needed in her world to survive. She’s fierce and determined with the ability to heal quickly that she’s never understood. When her mother vanishes Eliana finds herself teaming up with those she never expected to do whatever she can to find her.
When finished with this one I found it was one that while I didn’t necessarily dislike it I also didn’t fall in love. The characters actually seemed to switch personalities along the way so there were times I liked one and not the other but then found I felt the opposite. There were surprises a long the way and some interesting touches on some things that may be expanded on in the future but for now this one is a three star read for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a librarian who writes novels for children and teens. Legrand is the author of THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, WINTERSPELL, SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, and FOXHEART. She is also the author of the upcoming YA epic fantasy FURYBORN, the first book in The Empirium Trilogy (May 22, 2018), and SAWKILL GIRLS, a YA horror novel (October 2, 2018). She is one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle grade fiction. She lives in New Jersey. Visit her at claire-legrand.com and on Twitter @clairelegrand.