Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
Synopsis: 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 action. The only people who should perform 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 to be untouchable—-until her mother vanished without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. 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 will determine the fate of their world—-and each other.
Hi everyone. This is going to be a mini-review as I’m still not feeling peachy, but as Furyborn is a hugely hyped book coming out tomorrow, I wanted to be able to give all you YA fantasy lovers out there, at least a quick snapshot of what I thought.
So, I love Claire Legrand and have been breathlessly awaiting this new book. There was a lot I loved about it, namely the characters. I LOVED both Rielle and Eliana, who are both strong female characters, yet at the same time extremely flawed. I thought the alternating chapters between them worked fine and didn’t slow down the pace one iota which can happen at times. I was completely enthralled with both their stories, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be Eliana who seemed more developed as she went through a much more redemptive journey.
What made me give this only 3.5 stars was the world building, which having read the author’s previous books, really shocked me. For those of you familiar with Legrand’s writing style, this has all the originality and creativity she is known for. What’s lacking is detail. This world is complicated and from the beginning I felt as though I was thrown into the deep end of the pool and left floundering for much of the book. While there are some aspects explained throughout the course of the story, at the end I was still confused about some things.
Despite my frustrations with the world building, I still enjoyed Furyborn and I’m hoping more will be explained in the next book. I would recommend this for older teens and adults as there are some sexual scenes that are little more graphic than what you typically find in a YA novel.