Series: Empirium #1
Format: ARC (thank you, Sourebooks!)
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, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess 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 untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, 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 ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
I’m quite impressed with this new fantasy novel! I was at first a bit hesitant to go into this book because I had recently finished reading another pretty dense fantasy novel and was unsure if I was in the mood for another intense fantasy. However, I am pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this one.
FURYBORN follows two girls, Eliana and Rielle, who each have their own powers and soon discover the lengths of their magic. What’s interesting is that this novel is not only told between these two points of views, but it is also told with a difference of a time period of a century between these two characters. By the end of the novel, it was incredibly satisfying to tie all these timelines together, which I thought was done beautifully. My only reservation is that I was a bit confused in terms of who was who and what was really going on until the end of the novel when there was a bit more light shed on the whole plot.
I really enjoyed Eliana and Rielle as characters – they’re both such powerful characters with immense magic, but it’s interesting to see the dynamic of right and wrong, control and lack thereof in regards to their powers and the underlying supernatural threats in the coming future. While there were a variety of characters, it was not difficult to keep track of each of them and their importance to the world.
Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with FURYBORN, my first Legrand novel. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series, which I am anxiously anticipating! If you enjoy magic, supernatural elements, strong female characters, amazing romances, and action-packed scenes, be sure to pick this one as soon as possible!
Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.