10 Feb 2020

ARC #Review: KINGSBANE by Claire Legrand


Author: Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium #2
Source: ARC via Publisher; audio via Audible
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
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In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

See what I thought of FURYBORN!

The last bit of the book was really interesting and had a lot of great aspects but everything leading up to that kinda just felt like filler. I feel like it could have been half the length and still done all the same things. Which is a tad disappointing to me. But I'm looking forward to the next one to see how everything comes together a bit more.

I loved the world-building and seeing more of what we had in the first novel. I liked the way that magic expanded in this one so we could see the extent and limitations of what the Queens were able to do. I thought it was a good set up for the next novel.

But that was my main issue: this was a set up novel. It definitely doesn't stand on its own merit but acts as a catalyst for what comes next. And that's fine, but I would have liked some more loose ends tied up and a solid storyline throughout this one that made sense.

I was feeling as though I didn't really have to listen to the middle of this one and could have just read the last 5 or so chapters and been ready for the next book. It felt too much like filler instead of giving more information that would get us ready for the next one.

But I absolutely love this series and am so excited to see how it continues onward!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

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