Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy Series #1)

Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy Series #1)

by Claire Legrand

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"One of the biggest new YA Fantasies." —Entertainment Weekly
"Empowering." —BuzzFeed

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

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.

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"A must-read." —Refinery29
"A series to watch." —Paste Magazine
"Visionary." —Bustle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492656630
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Series: Empirium Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 18,410
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, Winterspell, and The Empirium Trilogy. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit claire-legrand.com.

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Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
rosepetalpages More than 1 year ago
I found everything about Furyborn to be so impressive, from the writing to the characters, the story, the world…everything was so detailed and it blew me away. From the very first sentence, I knew I would enjoy Claire’s writing. She has such a driving, compelling voice that could also be so poetic at times and I really fell in love with the way she told the story. I think the worldbuilding was one of the most impressive aspects of this book. I was amazed by the sheer scale of the world and how fleshed out and expansive it was. There were so many kingdoms and though, in this book we only get to see two of them in depth, there was enough detail that you got a feel for the other ones as well. The pacing of this book was also incredible. Up until the very end, I couldn’t decide whose chapters I liked more (it's told through two points of view), and I would find myself so wrapped up in one storyline that I’d be mad about switching to the next, but then I’d get so invested in that storyline I wouldn’t want to go back to the other one (but then I’d be back to the storyline I was mad about leaving in the first place so it was okay). And this book was nonstop action—it was around 500 pages and I was never bored. Also, the characters were my absolute FAVORITE. All of them were so Slytherin and dark and the romance aspect of the story was so addicting. Every character has layers and layers to them and I honestly couldn't decide who was my favorite Overall I can't recommend this book enough--it's perfect for lovers of dark, high fantasy!
TippaBooks More than 1 year ago
Ok so one thing to say is this book definitely keeps you turning pages! I really enjoyed Reilles point of view and her world. It's sad to know how it ends up from reading the Prologue but it is interesting to see exactly how she gets to that point. Elliana on the other hand is just awful. She's so unlikeable as a main character and constantly seems to get herself into situations that seem unlikely when you carry around a title such as "The Dread". I do wish there had been some explanation for her powers and a little more backstory on the angels. Like where did they originally come from? Why were they all locked up if some are good and some are bad? Why hadn't anyone realized the gate was breaking down? What's so awful about the marques they were being hunted? Hopefully all these questions will be explained in the next book and we'll be get more explanation to everything that's going on in Ellianas world.
carlyewithane 3 months ago
A good book is still on your mind days later. Furyborn achieves that and more. I still find myself unpacking the complicated emotions between our four central characters, even weeks after reading. Two have not one but two fierce female POCs is a gift—and the idea to split between timelines is a stroke of genius. Some of the plot may mirror the basic YA building blocks (queen tempted by an outside force, etc) but the way Claire Legrand tells the story redeems any of those criticisms. She skillfully plays with the idea of "breaking bad" but on a timeline. We know Rielle, the queen who seems initially to be the golden and unscarred character, will ultimately end up our (sympathetic) antagonist... while watching Eliana Ferracora redeem herself. It's a story of balance and an intricate character story that is nonetheless a page-turner I couldn't put down. If you're looking for a fast-paced but complex story, look no further.
MyAlterEgoIsFiction 10 months ago
“We all have darkness in us. That is what it means to be human.” Furyborn by Claire Legrand is it y’all. The character building. The world building. It’s all beautiful. The story is EPIC. And y’all. The sexual tension between some of these characters. I may have screamed at them a couple times. You follow two different characters from two different times as the story slowly weaves the web of how they are connected. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who will destroy all? You will love characters and you will hate characters. And just when you think you have it all figured out...the sequel throws all your thoughts in the trash along with your emotions. But in the best possible way. But also, ouch.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The story revolves around one central theme: “You will know this time by the rise of two human Queens—one of blood, and one of light. One with the power to save the world. One with the power to destroy it. Two Queens will rise. They will carry the power of the Seven. They will carry your fate in their hands. Two Queens will rise.” Rielle must prove herself to those of power around her in order to protect herself and her father. For her own safety, she must allow herself to be molded into what others want her to be. This story is not a light and frilly one. This tale has dark elements to it, allowing you to see that people will try to cover darkness with light. People see what they want to see, or they will attempt to control a person and make them into what they want, or destroy that person in the process. There is also beauty in the darkness, and it not always evil. That being said, it is tempting for Rielle to succumb to the desire. “We are all of us dark creatures,” Navi said, “but if we linger in those shadows, we’ll be lost. Instead we must seek the light when we can, and that’s just what you’re doing. I see it happening.” This book was honestly one of my favorites last year when I first read it. The second time around was just as enjoyable and I was able to appreciate some elements more than last time. One part that always stuck with me during both reads was when Eliana’s perspective was being used. “Children huddled in makeshift tents. A woman sharpened her knives as a tiny girl at her knee watched, wide-eyed. A young man read to his dozing companion by the light of a dying fire. The air was a sea of sweat and filthy clothes and sewage. Worse than that, though, was the unifying expression the refugees wore. There was a hollowness to their faces—a hunger, an exhaustion—that pushed at Eliana’s ribs and turned her throat sour.” The misery of the refugees during Eliana’s POV in the story is out there in the open with nothing to hide. They are dirty, they are hungry, they are scared and only wanting to live without fear. She turns away from them, even feeling disgust for their inability to help themselves and needing to resort to living this way in order to survive. Eliana believes herself invincible until she meets a being stronger than her. She has to face loss and not let it eat away at her. She has to keep moving, keep searching, protect her little brother at all cost, and deliver on her end of the deal in order to get information to find her mother. Furyborn was well executed in writing style. I enjoyed the two different point of views taking place many years apart. I cannot wait to start the sequel, but it must remain on my TBR pile for a little longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** ****might contain Spoilers**** * * * I tried so hard to really like this book. The story was actually a great story, I was intrigued as to what was the point of the fight and how the kingdom/houses came about. BUT... there was so much fighting and kidnapping that it steered away from giving details on the war that was going on. I didn't find relevance in some of the chapters with the issue. I have soooo many questions (which might go down in the second book)... Why is there a sun queen, why are they divided?, where does that power generate from?... what is it connected to? why the fights with the angels other than greed, why are there so many years apart? How did Rielle have the power to send Simon and Eliana to that time, Time Travel is a thing? If so then Corien could've just stepped back in time to get the baby? How did Simon become the wolf, where did Ludivine come from how? Why? What is her purpose aside from protecting Rielle? How did corien become so powerful? And Maybe all of these were answered, but at some point I was just bored with the repetition that I just couldn't deal... if these were answered, please someone explain it to me! lol. ... Maybe I rushed through the book because of that? I really wanted to LOVE this book. Like I said, not a bad story, but not my fav read in 2018 that's for sure
jjyy More than 1 year ago
This has become one of my very favorite books and the author a favorite as well. Her writing is so beautiful without being flowery. There’s a clarity to her writing that allows the reader not only into the world she has created in a tangible way, but also into the characters’ minds and hearts. This book in particular was a bit of a beast in that I found myself confused quite a bit early on. Still, I was motivated to continue reading because of the author’s ability to draw me in with her world building and main characters. And though it took me a minute to figure things out in the story, I appreciated it all the more for its complexity because of how satisfying it was when it all came together. The author is a master at world building, developing real and raw characters, and building rich tension. I read this as a library borrow and bought myself a copy afterward because I enjoyed it so much!
Sarah369 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I have to admit, at first I did not really like this book. I thought it was a little slow in the beginning and that there was not enough world-building for me to understand what was happening or to connect with any of the characters. However, I persisted and kept reading, and I am so happy that I did! As the book continued, I began to become more and more invested in the characters. I loved the way the each chapter would switch between Rielle’s and Eliana’s perspectives, ending each chapter with a little bit of a cliffhanger that made me want to keep reading to see what would happen. The ending of this book has made me very excited to read the next book in this series. I’m interested to learn more about the magical aspects of the world Legrand has created, and I believe we will see more of that in Kingsbane!
Sarah369 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I have to admit, at first I did not really like this book. I thought it was a little slow in the beginning and that there was not enough world-building for me to understand what was happening or to connect with any of the characters. However, I persisted and kept reading, and I am so happy that I did! As the book continued, I began to become more and more invested in the characters. I loved the way the each chapter would switch between Rielle’s and Eliana’s perspectives, ending each chapter with a little bit of a cliffhanger that made me want to keep reading to see what would happen. The ending of this book has made me very excited to read the next book in this series. I’m interested to learn more about the magical aspects of the world Legrand has created, and I believe we will see more of that in Kingsbane!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading it before bed. The world is interesting and the characters relatively likable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
an excellent read! a beautifully rendered world! fantastic, layered characters! I can’t wait to read the sequel!!
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Somewhere_in_Bookland More than 1 year ago
Multiple Perspectives, but I didn't get bored... This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts on this book are my own. This book jumps from Rielle’s perspective to Eliana’s perspective and back again, bridging a gap of 1,000 years as it goes. As each chapter switches from one character to the next there is always something, a little hook that keeps you on the line and interested and excited to come back to the story. Usually when I read books from multiple perspectives I quickly grow bored of one perspective in favor of the other and find myself slogging through the unwanted story but in this book I found both stories so enthralling that I didn’t feel like it was a slog. There is a point in this book where, I must admit, it starts to slow down a little bit but not too far after that it picks right back up, to say this book is action packed would be an understatement. While I did very much enjoy this book I am knocking it down a star because I feel like there could have been a little more character building and a little more world building, right now it feels like we know basics of both but I would like to know more. Another reason is the bi rep in this book, when Eliana mentions being with a girl in the past it piqued my interest and got me excited that there was going to be some bi rep in this fantasy but I got to the end of the book never hearing mention of this again, so in reality it was just a tease. This is only the first book in a series though, so I have my fingers crossed for more in the sequels because I will definitely keep reading this series.
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EmilieSG More than 1 year ago
While it took me just a bit to really get into this book and get an understanding of what was going on, once I read a few chapters I had a very hard time putting it down. The switching back and forth in time was well done and was not confusing at all. It actually kept me reading way past my bedtime. I liked the big twist, although I did figure it out a bit before the reveal. I did feel as though the trials got a little tedious and repetitive, but it did not affect my enjoyment of the book. The author does a very good job of building a fascinating, complex, and exciting world with characters that it are easy to care about. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA Fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book boasts an entertaining premise and creative world-building.
CloudyWedding More than 1 year ago
I will start by saying that despite its flaws, I really enjoyed this book. I loved entering this fantasy world, which was incredibly well-built, and discovering our two main characters, Rielle and Eliana. Their personalities are very distinct and well developed, and I enjoyed following both of their lives, but I must say I found every other character, whether from Rielle's life or Eliana's, to be rather flat and lacking depth. I consider this to be one of the main flaws of this book ; I hope for other characters to be a bit more developed in the next books. The world-building was amazing, but a bit common for the YA fantasy style. Even though it was well detailed and we could really feel the personal style of the author, I found a lot of clichés and stereotypes very common in recent YA novels. I found that a bit disappointing, but I could really feel the author's effort so I still enjoyed the book. I can't wait to read the next book !
buriedinabookshelf More than 1 year ago
An epic start to an exquisite and captivating fantasy series, Furyborn is everything I had hoped it to be and more. Almost every chapter ends on a cliffhanger. Which was amazing to read, but also frustrating. Amazing because the plot and writing were captivating and I desperately wanted to keep reading each chapter to get through each of the girl’s stories to find out what happened next. Frustrating because when I was trying to look for a place to stop, it was almost impossible. Plus, most of the chapters are decently short, making the “Just one more chapter” lie I was telling myself even easier to accept. I loved both of the main characters, Rielle and Eliana. I thought it would be hard to connect to Rielle, because the preface is set before her point of view chapters, and reveals some not so pleasant details about her life two years after her point of view. However, I was immediately drawn in to her voice, and yearned to understand what had affected her so deeply as to cause the outcome that is shown in the preface. (Can you tell I’m trying to make this review as spoiler free as possible?). Rielle’s best friends, Audric and Ludivine, were absolutely lovely as well. The friendship between Rielle and Ludivine was so supportive and loving, and Rielle and Audric…well. Let’s just say I totally approve. Audric reads as such a pure human. So pure, at times he is oblivious, which is frustrating as a reader, because I know he’s intelligent, but he can be so blind to the realities of what is going on around him. Eliana and Rielle are total opposities. While both of their hearts are in the right place, and both want to prevent their loved ones, they go about it in different ways. Eliana is a killer, and makes no effort to hide that fact. She’s ruthless and focused on survival in the colonized world of the Empire. Her world is nowhere near as peaceful as Rielle’s starts out as. Still, she, like Rielle, is an incredibly dynamic character. She makes awful decisions, but I still found myself rooting for her at every turn. You don’t have to respect the decisions of a character, but their intentions are important and are what makes them a likable character, which is the case with Eliana. Her loyalty to her mother and her younger brother, Remy, is admirable, and everything she does is to help ensure the survival of her family. Don’t even get me started on her best friend and lover, Harkan. If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean. I absolutely adore him. In a fantastical age where so much of society has gone to ruin, the normalization of same-sex relationships prevails. Eliana has slept with both men and women for information, and other same-sex couples are not questioned at all, as it should be. Unfortunately, this is something that our own “real” society has yet to accomplish. An interesting aspect of the story is the angels. In most of the fantasy serieses that I have read, angels are good, not bad, such as in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters novels. Some of the ideas of the story reminded me of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, but Furyborn clearly stands on its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 500 pages and counting, Furyborn was a novel I'd hoped to draw out over several days and take my time with. After a riveting first chapter, however, those plans evaporated. I finished this in one day. Even with books I love—and I loved Furyborn—I can usually find one or two points that might not appeal to other readers and tuck them into my reviews. In this instance, though, I genuinely struggled trying to pick out any stumbling blocks. Rather than continue nitpicking, instead I'll list out some of the reasons why I hope you'll love Claire Legrand's newest book as much as I did: TWO BADASS, COMPLEX WOMEN AT ITS CENTER Rielle and Eliana comprise two perfectly complimentary narratives. Both are firebrands, assertive and fiercely independent with a strong sense of loyalty. Where Rielle struggles to hide an identity painfully obvious to her from a young age, Eliana expends an equal amount of energy masking her true self until she cannot recognize the girl behind the facade. Their personal battles enhance one another as the novel progresses, reinforcing a strong theme of identity as one seeks it out and the other denies what she must to survive. These women are allowed to feel hatred and lust, to behave hypocritically and make mistakes. In short, they're human. At times they felt painfully real, so much simmering beneath the surface of thoughts and actions that they seemed truly unpredictable, which made both Reille and Eliana a delight to read. LYRICAL WRITING AND WORLD BUILDING An explosive first chapter sets Furyborn's tone early: bloody and vicious, emotional and grand, from the outset you know you've begun something special. Legrand writes with a lush but accessible style. We only glimpse a bedroom and balcony in the prologue, yet we also meet angels and magical abilities with chilling implications. How these elements intertwine and influence Celdaria is revealed in tantalizing snippets. Legrand avoids the dry lecture of exposition by trusting her readers, introducing them to the history, religion, magic, and mythology of her world organically. Not a single dull moment exists; the timelines interplay with a comfortable ebb and flow, but when both barrel ahead at the same time it's impossible to step away. THE CONCEPT OF THE EMPIRIUM The empirium is reminiscent of Dust, in form and mysticism if not its actual purpose. Star Wars fans might liken it to the Force instead: a power coursing through the world that can be sensed, channeled, and manipulated to the user's will. As the first book in a new trilogy, Furyborn doesn't delve too deeply into the arcane details of the empirium. Instead it introduces enough of its scope and power to promise that it will play a significant role in the sequels to come. I just cannot help but see a lot of positive correlations between Furyborn and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Some are more surificial commonalities, but what really captured my attention was a similarity in spirit. Both concern themselves with identity and freedom, while never shying away from the very personal impacts these pursuits can have on those who choose to follow them to the end. Where His Dark Materials had a certain snowy softness to it, Furyborn replaces it with flame and metallic edges. The expansive scale of time and mythology bestows a grandeur on Furyborn that promises greater—and darker—developments in the sequels to come.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Furyborn builds a story that spans a thousand years in the form of two Queens who are part of a prophecy - one who is meant to destroy and one who is meant to save. Rielle and Eliana are living in two separate worlds. Rielle is the Celdarian General's daughter and lives in a time where magic exists and the threat of angels is a distant memory but still believed. Also, they have a religion based on the seven saints who were said to have defeated the angels. Eliana is basically a Venteran bounty hunter working for the Undying Empire, the 1000-year later version of Celdaria that has invaded every other kingdom save for one, and is a world where magic isn't believed to be real, and the saints just stories. Now, these two stories are linked first only by the prologue, and Rielle's story is the BEFORE part of the prologue and Eliana's the AFTER. Because the world-building of the two parts are different in nature, there are some aspects of the book as a whole that are done well, and some not. Rielle's story was the more compelling one for me, as it had a straightforward and defined plot, with her undergoing trials to prove her control over the seven elementary magics, while there are forces trying to undermine her rise; this was surprising more so because her story's ending is already exposed from the start. Also, her story is all about repression of her desires, whether it be for freedom, respect or for the beautiful Crown Prince Audric, who is also her childhood best friend. While not overtly, her story also hints at misogyny being wielded against her in an allegorical fashion. The villain of her story (and also the whole series, but he was her villain first) is interesting, because there is that Darkling vibe to it, and obvious hints that he is going to be her downfall. Meanwhile, Eliana's story is sort of aimless - her mother is kidnapped and she reluctantly joins the rebels, but then they are just hopping from city to city, instead to heading straight to where they need to go? (It is explained through Simon later, but that still doesn't excuse a directionless plot). She also has a more Celaena Sardothien in Heir of Fire vibe. Also, Eliana's world-building was rudimentary compared to that of Rielle's - and even keeping it for suspense sake was pointless because there are obvious clues and the presence of Simon, so I don't really know what the intent was in the way the former's story was charted out. It also felt more like it was only building her story up for the next book? If they were independent stories, I would say Eliana's arc in this is incomplete. Together, Rielle's story arc only points out the shortcomings of Eliana's, but on the whole there is a nice parallel of two women who are about to have a heck of a burden placed on them. Lastly, the secondary characters - there are some amazing characters like Ludivine, Corien, Remy but some like Audric, Simon, Navi and Tal who could have done with some more characterization considering their importance to the plot. The romance is underdeveloped on both parts (for one of them, imagine August and Emma from Once Upon A Time hooking up ugh), too, but I am hoping that will be rectified in the next book? Overall, a well-written fantasy, but the imbalance in the two narratives takes a bit of fun out of it.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
This is what I was made for. The thought arose as naturally as breathing. She flexed her fingers, felt power gathering hot in her palms. No, not hot – vital. Her power was not an intangible thing, a trick of the mind. It was the power of the world itself, and all that lived inside it.” I’ve had an unfortunate trend happen with my reading lately. For quite a few of my recent reads, the farther I get into a story the more my interest wanes and unfortunately the same thing happened to me while I was reading Furyborn. Furyborn follows the story of two women, Rielle and Eliana, whose stories span centuries. One is destined to become the Sun Queen, a savior and protector, the other the Blood Queen who is destined to bring ruination and destruction. We follow both ladies as they uncover more about themselves and the magic in their world. Things I Liked I like when fantasy stories (or any stories really) have little quotes or journal-style entries at the beginning of chapters. I personally love them and I feel like they add to the world and characters. I like getting exposition here because it unfolds as needed and doesn’t take actual story time away to infodump. The premise of the book is fantastic – it promises elemental powers (which are my fave!), dangerous foes, and 2 storylines following compelling women centuries apart. All of this sounds fantastic and would have made a really amazing story. The prologue was everything I wanted from the story – action, stakes, intensity. But, unfortunately for me, it wasn’t sustained. Things I Didn’t Like I feel like there was absolutely no worldbuilding at all. The magic and powers aren’t established and that was so disappointing because elemental magic is my favorite. There’s a handy little chart in the back of the book that gives more info about each house of magic, but I would have loved to see it built into the story instead of a note in the back of the book. There was also nothing established about the angels, the Gate, or the previous angelic war. I had no idea why the people of Rielle’s time hated the angels, just that they were bad and should be feared. In Eliana’s timeline we’re introduced to a completely different country, with it’s own history that’s glossed over. I just wanted more. I loved the idea of having 2 leading ladies each fulfilling a role in a prophecy – one being the savior and the other the destroyer. I was expecting to follow 2 morally grey complex character, each showcasing lightness and darkness, and discovering along the way which role each girl filled – or was forced into. But that’s not what happened. We know pretty immediately who’s the sun queen and who’s the blood queen, so all the tension and moral greyness I was looking for wasn’t there. Rielle and Eliana, both started out interesting for me, but I just got more annoyed by them as I read. They made questionable decisions and didn’t feel as fleshed-out as they could have been. While I loved the prologue, I do feel like it created an unbalanced interest in the story for me. I was immediately hooked into Rielle’s chapters and the cliffhanger ending kept me reading in the beginning. But her trials quickly became repetitive and the action less thrilling. But I still found the characters in that timeline to be interesting. Oppositely, in Eliana’s chapters, I found the majority of the characters to be annoying but her quest kept the plot from being stagnant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the prologue, I was completely hooked by the story. It not only connects the stories of the two protagonists, Rielle and Eliana, but also gives a glimpse to how one of those stories will end up unfolding by the time the series is over. Furyborn is written in alternating chapters narrated by Rielle and Eliana, whose timelines are separated by a thousand years. Each of their POVs were action-packed and thrilling. I rushed through the pages in an effort to know what would happen next to both Rielle and Eliana. I also loved the fact that we’re told from the very beginning who the Blood Queen is. It made reading her chapters all the more fascinating; we follow her growth and become invested in her story, all the while knowing how it will end. There are a lot of things about Furyborn that I believe will others will enjoy as much as I did: great writing, wonderful characters, intriguing plots and action-packed chapters. The alternating POVs and verging storylines blend together expertly to create a highly entertaining story. I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying that what drew me in was the fantastic cover and title. It sounded right up my ally. And I was not disappointed by the synopsis. It sounded like everything a book addict and fanatic would want. And lo and behold-it was! This book does encompass all those nitty gritty things I long for in a book. It has beautiful chemistry between the characters, which is a must. I love when there are 2 fantastic heroines who are both strong, capable women on their own, but are even better together. I gave it 4 stars because it was a little violent, which is to be understood. Kings and queens and mystery and intrigue all add up to have a little gore. I didn't love that part, but it did add necessity to the story. All in all, a great read. Loved it!
zbooklover More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I was like Hunger games but with magic included into the story. This book took a little time to get started and I had to keep pushing myself the keep reading. I’m glad I did because once the book got going it was a very intriguing read. The book kept my attention with so much action I was entertained until the book ended. There are 2 time periods covered where we find three powerful teens that grew up together in the palace. The crown prince, his fiancée and cousin, and Rielle, the daughter of a cabinet minister. Rielle is in love with the prince but has to keep her emotions and powers in together. Rielle has the unique ability to channel magic and her power can overwhelm and kill. While Rielle is struggling to control her ability, we find out that her love for the prince is slowly endangering them both. This was a wonderful read that I think any adventure and action fan would love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard many recommendations for Furyborn, all by avid readers of YA/fantasy who are in constant search of the next series to revolutionize the genre. I'm not entirely sure that this is that book, but it is certainly the stunning opening to what promises to be a thrilling thrilogy. The feminist undertones and action-packed novel maintains interest through a series of subtle and more overt plot twists. The style of writing is magical, and the unique perspective of two women separated by 1,000 years shows flaunts the abilities of a skilled author. I especially enjoyed the quote motif used at the beginning of each chapter; a quote from a relevant character or text was provided to set the tone and provide backstory, further enriching an already excellent plot.