I was PUMPED when I was approved for a review copy of Furyborn late last year. It was one of my top anticipated YA Fantasies of 2018. I loved the concept, the cover was gorgeous (why am I such a shallow reader? I love shiny covers) and I’d been following Clare Legrand for some time on Twitter and loved getting all of her updates about her process. And Furyborn–despite taking me too long to finish–quickly entered my Fave Books of 2018 List.
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.
Don’t mind that it took me a few months to finish this out. It had nothing to do with the book itself; in fact, it stayed on my desk and taunted me the entire time because I wanted to read it, but I had to work on my thesis instead and that took over my life.
Furyborn is so beautifully written that it grabbed me and I had to literally pry myself out of the book. I never wanted to stop reading it. And it was so easy to pick back up when I did go back. The characters were bright and strong, I fell in love with them and I rooted for them all along, I loved the wildly unique magic system and the descriptions.
I may have guessed some of the twists, but not all of them. But half the fun of reading something is guessing a twist and wondering if you’re right or not and that sense of satisfaction of “I called it, hell yeah!” when it comes to fruition.
There was a lot to love in Furyborn–the main characters, the lovely secondary characters, the interwoven plot, the magic, how sex positive it was, and so much more than I can possibly name in this short review. One of my favorite scenes comes towards the end of the book, when one of the main POV characters, Rielle, is discovered canoodling with the crown prince Audric in the gardens, even though Audric is engaged to Ludivine, their childhood friend and a noble girl.
You would think that Lu and Rielle would be at odds, that they would become jealous of each other and they would never talk about what happened, just giving each other passive aggressive looks until something more plot-heavy showed up. But no! The three friends sat down and talked about it. That’s so rarely seen in fiction and shows just how good of a friendship dynamic these three characters have and it fixed that dumb cliche of “You wouldn’t have this problem if you just talked about it!!” and it was all good! (Until the plot attacked…)
Legrand has such a command of writing that every passage was amazing, and when it comes time for me to do the Five Star Quotes for Furyborn, it’s going to be hard to just pick three!
But pick up Furyborn immediately. Right now. Pick up this beautiful, magical book and read it. I’ll wait.
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