FURYBORNAuthor: Claire Legrand
Series: The Empirium #1
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire 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.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.
Y'all... Y'ALL..... This book was incredible. Such a fresh, new fantasy story that I highly recommend if you, like me, LOVE fantasy novels. I will say that although this is toted as YA, it is borderline NA as there is some on page sex, but! I absolutely LOVED it. It was over 500 pages and I finished it in about 3 hours of total reading time because it hooked me right away. It was pretty much perfect.
I loved the intensity of this one. It never really slowed down: From the initial scene to the final page you were completely captivated. I did find the beginning scenes to be a little confusing. I thought Eliana's chapters at the beginning were better written and could be understood easier than Rielle's. But it definitely got easier to read Rielle's after the first 10%. The description of the elemental magic in those first chapters was a little difficult to follow and comprehend, but the trials made it easier.
I absolutely LOVED the magic system and the intricate details to it that Legrand put in. I think it was really well done and explained, but there is still so much more to see in the future novels! Especially since the opening scene took place two years after where the book started for Rielle so we have a lot of catching up to do. I wasn't confused at all by the time differences but it was really linear and didn't jump around too much so that was helpful.
I will say though that there is some obviousness to the story itself. You can immediately guess a lot of the plot points but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of them. I liked seeing how the two stories wove together and think there is a lot of room to continue that in the future. I was surprised by some elements which was nice to have considering I felt as though I had a lot of it figured out. But there are still some shocking moments in there even if you can guess about some things.
One thing I absolutely LOVED about this one was that Eliana was bisexual but it wasn't like a Plot Point. She offhandedly mentions that she has slept with guys and girls and I was astonished and amazed and so in love. Even though the majority of the focus was on men in her life, it was nice to see that there was more to her than that. I would like to see a relationship between her and Navi in book two but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
Overall: The beginning was a little confusing but once I got into the rhythm of it I couldn’t put it down. It’s over 500 pages but doesn’t feel like it at all. It never slows down - it grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go even after you’ve read the final page. This is what is needed in the fantasy genre right now.
Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, and Winterspell. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit claire-legrand.com.
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