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Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium Trilogy #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
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.
Author Claire Legrand’s novel FURYBORN is a fantastical novel featuring alluring, tenacious characters and an unforgettable heart-stopping story.
Furyborn is brimming with strong, fiery female characters that will have you cheering even as they do some dangerous and at times despicable things. I was so taken with the blurb I could not wait to read this novel. The idea of a story essentially taking place during two different lifetimes was intriguing, add in the fantasy, romance and action elements and I was hooked. I was not disappointed. Furyborn is enrapturing from page one. It’s impossible to miss the life or death tension within the first few scenes. I could feel my heart beating wildly as one OMG thing after another happened until my mind exploded with understanding of what was going to happen next.
At first, I was afraid that Legrand’s use of a nonlinear narrative would become confusing as I tried to discover how the two plots would sync up and remember the many characters that came with them. Thankfully, Legrand is quite skillful with her pen. In Furyborn, she creates such unique, memorable characters and plotlines it is easy to keep track of everything. The worldbuilding within Furyborn is without a doubt one of the most skilled I’ve read. The imagery and plot make it easy to imagine yourself in the line of fire with the characters.
As a reader you always know going into one of these stories there is a good chance you’re going to find your heart breaking in some manner before it’s over. In Furyborn, the chances of this happening are double since we are dealing with two heroines. Rielle and Eliana are fiercely independent women with a passionate need to protect the people they love. They have lives and ideals of their own, but they are thrown into the middle of a long-foretold prophecy within their kingdoms. As this prophecy begins to take over their lives they are forced to discover what they are truly made of. Following them both on their trail of self-discovery is intense and marvelous. I love the fact that these women are not purely good or evil which is the conclusion other characters would like to draw about them. Both Rielle and Eliana have many rich layers of personality, conscience and desires that drive them in fascinating ways. The men in their lives are equally dashing and entrancing.
I did not want Furyborn to end and when it did I was left with a desperate need to discover what would happen next. I will be counting down the days until the next novel in the Empirium trilogy releases. I must know what happens to the characters that I’ve become insanely attached to!
Furyborn is a phenomenally haunting novel that will leave you breathless and extremely satisfied. The remarkable drama, intense action sequences and the bewitching fantasy make Furyborn a Joyfully Recommended Read.
**Furyborn is classified as a young adult novel but due to the age of the main characters, violence and sexual situations I consider it a New Adult.