*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Author: Claire Legrand
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
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.
Review: When I first heard about Furyborn, I was insanely excited because it sounded like the perfect fantasy. Then when there was all this hype surrounding it I got super nervous because usually when a book gets that type of attention it can often be a letdown. But, in this case, Claire Legrand definitely did not disappoint! This is a powerful new fantasy that spans across time and deals with the intersecting fates of two girls and a terrifying prophecy about two Queens.
The story is told from a dual POV switching back and forth between Rielle and Eliana. I will say that at first, I was slightly disoriented reading it because there was so much information and it’s basically like reading two books at the same time. Every chapter switches to the other POV and every chapter kind of became a cliffhanger, which is what drove me forward to read the book. It’s definitely a dense fantasy with so many rich characters and beautiful worldbuilding. I loved trying to put the pieces together because the plot is a puzzle and you kind of have to guess how everything fits together. My mind was working overtime and I had so many theories running through my mind and the questions were endless.
I have to say that I did not expect there to be angels in this book, which I found to be super interesting because they were posed as the enemy. It was a fun twist on them because Legrand made them vulnerable in regards to these prophesied Queens. I also really loved that this story kind of dealt with religion a bit and the mythology tied in with it was definitely interesting. Basically, humans have the ability to control one of seven elements. The Blood Queen and the Sun Queen are said to be able to control all seven, and one is said to destroy the world, while the other will be its saviour.
It was interesting that the plot stretches across a thousand years and it was really well done in that respect. My favourite story was definitely Eliana’s though because her character was so morally grey and it was hard to predict what she was going to do next and where her story was going to end up. Eliana is known as the Dread of Orline and trades the lives of traitors and rebels to help her family survive. She brings traitors and rebels to be executed and she is brought an impossible job. When her mother goes missing, she finds herself betraying everything she knows and joining the rebellion alongside the mysterious Wolf. I really loved Eliana’s story because it felt so high stakes and fast-paced. She fought for what she believed in and did everything for her mother and brother.
I think the reason I didn’t love Rielle’s story as much is because there was this total slow-burn romance going on, which kind of distracted from the action part of it. I guess I wish there was more time spent going through the seven trials that she has to go through instead. Her character also didn’t go through as much growth as I would have liked to see. She allowed her emotions to control her a lot, especially where Audric was concerned.
Another character I really loved was Simon. He was just so mysterious and such a tortured soul. I’m curious to know more about how he got involved with the Red Crown in the next book. I also need to know more about Corien because he was such an interesting villain! Not sure if I hate him or love him yet because well, he is kind of trying to take over the world.
This was an all around epic new fantasy filled with angels, magic, romance, rebellion, and fierce female characters. I can’t wait to see how everything plays out in the next book because I’m definitely hungry for more.