Expected Publication – May 22, 2018 – SourceBooks Fire
Many Thanks to Net-Galley and the publisher for an advanced e-copy. This did not affect my rating.
<i> “Two Queens will rise. One with the power to save the world. One with the power to destroy it. They carry your fate in their hands.” </i>
Furyborn was one of my most anticipated books of the year.. and I tell you dear readers, I was not let down. I am clamouring for book 2.
Furyborn is the story of two prophesied Queens.. The Blood Queen and the Sun Queen, one with the ability to destroy the world and one to save it. Both hold the power to wield all 7 elemental powers.
Rielle is a girl who is hiding many secrets.. about her powers, who she loves.. and all these come to a world shattering head when the boy she holds dear to her, is threatened by assassins. Rielle exposes her powers when she saves his life but puts her own life in danger as the King does not know what to do with her. To prove she is one of the prophesied Queens, and has control of her powers, she must face trials of all 7 elements. Along with her burgeoning powers, there is a voice that talks to Rielle, who she pushes her to be strong. But what is his agenda?
I love love love stories that have trials and tests in them.. I find them so fascinating. Claire Legrand threw the world at Rielle and it was stunning. The way the elemental magic works is so interesting. I just kept wanting to read on and on about how Rielle was going to survive the next trial.
Eliana is the Dread of Orline. 1000 years after Rielle has died and ridded the world of magic, Eliana believes that Rielle and the angels are stories. There is no magic in her world. Eliana is a skilled assassin, helping the Empire get rid of its enemies. She has a caring mother and brother – she does everything to keep them safe. Until her next mark is The Wolf. A rebel who has been wrecking havoc for the Empire. Spurred by the disappearance of her mother and wanting to keep her brother safe, Eliana strike up a bargain and throws her whole world in to chaos.
The supporting cast are all awesome characters, and I can’t wait to see how the grow in the next book.
For Rielle, there is Audric, Ludivine, Corien, and Tal.
For Eliana, there are Remy, Simon, Navi, and Zahra.
All these characters play a big role in this book.
I commend Claire for how she handled grief. It is an ever present feeling, leading both Rielle and Eliana in their journeys.
Now, I didn’t realize this book had angels, and as soon as that came up.. I was on high alert. I have only read a handful of books where I enjoyed their portrayal.. Well, rest assured, I actually enjoyed that aspect and the mythology it added to the world and I can’t wait to see where it leads.
The prologue alone had me flipping pages to see how the characters ended up there.. what happened! and while this book doesn’t get there, I can’t wait to find out.
Ahhh Romance. Each girl has their own romantic interest. Yes, there is sex in this book but it is tastefully done and respectful. The narrative emphasized consent throughout the whole scene. Hell yes to consensual sex!
Overall, I loved the mythology, the magic system, both badass women, and their supporting cast. It was a fun, action filled ride with sweet moments of young love but also friendship.