“Furyborn” by Claire Legrand
Source: Unicorn Crate
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart 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.
Furyborn is an epic ride. It took me several chapters to fully settle in for the ride and situate myself into the story. There’s a lot of story and terms coming at the reader and not nearly enough information so the reader can’t fully grasp what’s going on.
I always go back and forth with dual POVs. I love getting to know two characters but I always hate having to leave a character at the end of the chapter. I will admit that I really struggled to get to know Rielle and Eliana. [It might have been more me and my really short reading sessions though.] Once I found my rhythm (and finally kept the girls’ stories straight in my head), I was glued to the book.
You know how I love my strong women so Rielle and Eliana were a treat to get to know. Rielle might have been my favorite. I loved how she embraced her powers and let her fear help her grow. I wanted nothing more than for her to suceed. Eliana eventually grew on me because of her strength and willingness to to whatever it took for her family.
I love how the dual story lines eventually met up. It’s not what I was expecting and I NEED TO KNOW MORE. I’m really hoping Kingsbane will fill in some answers for me.
The world building was really interesting. I’ve never read anything like it before. I do wish there had been more information in the story though. I’m all about the world building so I need as much information as I can get (well, in small, frequent doses).
All in all, this was an epic start to a series