Wednesday, May 15

Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1)

Furyborn (Empirium #1)
Claire Legrand

Published By: Sourcefire Books
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Date Read: April 9, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 501

From Goodreads:
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.

"We all have darkness inside us, Rielle. That is what it means to be human."

Furyborn has been sat on my shelf for quite a while before I finally decided to pick it up. I have previously read Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand and really enjoyed it. When I saw that she has wrote a fantasy novel, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Furyborn is actually quite a long book to me. Pushing on to 500 pages it is quite big. I know it won't be to everyone but the majority of the books I read are about 300-350 pages. Even though it was longer than my usual reads I read it within 2 days. I couldn't put it down.

Furyborn follows the story of two queens in two different times. Rielle is a very powerful friend of the royal family who must go through magic trials to decide whether she is the prophesised saviour The Sun Queen or the one who will doom them all The Blood Queen. One thousand years in the future Eliana is an assassin who has her whole world torn apart. Although these queens live a thousand years apart their stories are linked and both of them are key players in the war that could destroy or save their world.

I loved Furyborn. I thought this book was so expertly written. Each chapter alternates between the points of view of Rielle and Eliana and honestly Claire Legrand did a fantastic job of gripping you. At the end of each chapter you are left reeling dying to know what is going to happen to that character... but you have to get through the next chapter in the other point of view before you get to find out. This made me read the book even faster because I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. This was such a clever tactic that the author used... and it worked. I couldn't put the book down.

I loved both of the main characters. Even though the prologue kind of spoils aspects for you as you know what is going to happen, it didn't bother me that much. I quite enjoyed seeing what happened to Reille to get her to that point... and I loved reading the point of view of Eliana even more. She was definitely my favourite and I think that's because I can see bits of some of my favourite characters from other fantasy series in her. Furyborn definitely had some influences from other major fantasy books but that just made me love it even more. Although it has those influences this is one of the most unique and different fantasy books I've come across.

Furyborn was everything I could have wanted and more. I loved every moment of it. It's packed full of intrigue, mystery and danger. I loved that it's very story-focused with a small dash of romance. This is the perfect balance for me as I can't cope when it's all romance or all story; I need a little bit of both. It's so fast-paced, I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to know more and know what was going to happen. It was a perfect beginning to what I know it going to be an epic trilogy and I just can't wait for book 2 to find out what was going to happen next. If you're a fan of YA Fantasy, I highly recommend this one. You won't be disappointed, it's fantastic.

"People like us don’t fight for our own hope. We fight for everyone else’s."

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