Title: Kingsbane (Empirium #2)
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
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.
After reading Furyborn last year, I was so instantly ready for the sequel. This book definitely does not disappoint and there are so many things revealed and so many amazing connections made. I’m still blown away by the fact that this story spans across time and still manages to flow together so beautifully.
The romance was heavy in this story. Like, emotionally heavy. There are so many moments where I wanted to tear my hair out waiting for certain moments to happen after drowning in chemistry. The relationships in this book will make you insatiable and possibly drive you to insanity. Slow burn for the win.
This book definitely got a lot darker for Rielle and Eliana. They have a lot more challenges to face and a lot of it has to do with personal demons and overcoming fear of themselves. I’m excited to see the rest of the story play out and see how everything truly fits together in the end.
We also need to talk about Simon because, well, it’s Simon. He’s his typical broody self and I’ll never not be completely obsessed with him. It was great to see him finally get a small slice of happiness for once as well. You know, in between all that inevitable battle and bloodshed.
Once again, I was at war with my emotions over Corien. There is a lot more information revealed about the angels and the history between them and the humans. I want to feel bad for him and hate him at the same time.
I also would like to state that this book is PRO MENSTRUATION. There are more than a few scenes where the main characters are dealing with their periods, and talking casually about it as well. When they had cramps and wanted to stay in bed? I felt that in my soul. Also, chocolate is involved.
I have to say something about THAT ENDING because I was completely blindsided by that twist! It completely destroyed my soul and I need the third book before I lose my mind. This was such a great follow up to the first book and I can’t wait to see how this series ends!
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 and New York Times bestselling author living in central New Jersey.
Her first novel is The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of The Year of Shadows, a ghost story for middle grade readers; and Winterspell, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker. Some Kind of Happiness, her middle grade novel about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling, is a 2017 Edgar Award Nominee. Claire’s latest middle grade novel, Foxheart, is a classic fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is one of the four authors behind The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.
Her fantasy novel Furyborn debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, and is the first book in the Empirium Trilogy, a young adult epic fantasy series. Her latest book, Sawkill Girls, is a queer young adult horror novel that received five starred reviews.