Long time no book review. I am so happy to be writing a new book review and this one will be on Furyborn by Claire Legrand. Furyborn the first book in the Empirium trilogy was released on May 22nd, 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire. It is the story of two powerful women and their story takes place one thousand years apart.
“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.”
When I first heard about Furyborn I thought “wow! This story sounds amazing.” I mean it had a lot of my favorite things royalty and badass female characters. Not to mention the fact that these two characters story takes place one thousand years apart so that alone was very intriguing.
Once I started reading the book I quickly found that I was having difficulty getting engrossed in this story. The format of the book is alternating chapter point of view with our two main characters Rielle and Eliana. For me, it was hard to connect with the story because of the back and forth that was happening with the point of view. I did push on and kept reading because I wanted to know how the story will end. There were also a good amount of funny lines that I really enjoyed. That said I also found that I was unable to connect with any of the characters. I enjoy character driven books and Furyborn was more world building than anything else. Of Course, that makes sense since this is the first book in a trilogy, but I do wish that I was able to get fully invested in at least one character.
After finishing the book my thoughts are that the concept of this book is amazing and I truly can’t wait to read book two Kingsbane that will come out next year. I felt that the last few chapters were more the beginning so I am excited to see what will come next. Especially since there are a few things that were not answered in Furyborn as well as there were hints of things to come mainly in Rielle’s story and I need all those details.
I thought that Furyborn had a great concept but the fact that I was not able to fully connect with the story took some stars off. I do hope that in book two I will be able to connect more with these characters.
Please let me know in the comments if you have read Furyborn and your thoughts on it. Just try and keep the comments spoiler-free.
Until next time book nerds,