Book Review – Furyborn

Posted August 13, 2018 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – FurybornFuryborn Series: Empirium #1
by Claire Legrand
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 22, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 512
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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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.

Furyborn is one of the books that didn’t live up to all the hype it received. I’m torn between liking and hating this book.

My thoughts

Furyborn was good but this was a hard story for me to get into. The story of two young women from different time periods and their connection was interesting but also confusing.  Furyborn is a fantasy so there is a lot of details on the world to absorb. I think the alternating POV’s made it difficult for me to fully understand what was going on. Just when it was becoming clear for me the next chapter would switch POV’s and time periods (either to the past or future). The alternating POV’s also made the pace of the story really slow and sometimes boring. I was so tempted to DNF this book but there was still enough of a pull from the story for me to continue. I’m glad I didn’t give up because there were some great action scenes and revelations.

Even though I was frustrated with the story I did like the main characters. Rielle and Eliana are both strong women with incredible powers. I loved how the author gave insight to their doubts, fears and struggles with controlling their powers. I don’t want to spoil the story, but this is a battle between good and evil, and it becomes clear that one of these ladies couldn’t resist the pull from the dark side (definitely a Star Wars feel to this story lol).

Would I read the next book? Despite my issues with Furyborn I do want to read the next book. I’m curious to what happens next and if these two characters will meet.

Would I recommend this book?  Yes, but with a warning that this is slow paced and requires some patience.  Overall it is a good story with action, suspense and interesting plot twists. This is labelled as a Young Adult Fantasy but there are some detailed sex scenes, so this book is more appropriate for readers over 18-years-old.

Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

About Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for middle grade readers, WINTERSPELL, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, and SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, a middle grade story about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling. SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS is a 2017 Edgar Award nominee and one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2016. Her latest novel, FOXHEART, is a fast-paced fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is also one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.

Coming up for Claire is FURYBORN, the first book in the Empirium trilogy, due out May 22, 2018, followed by SAWKILL GIRLS in fall 2018, and THORNLIGHT, a companion novel to FOXHEART, coming in winter 2019.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Summer 2018


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2 responses to “Book Review – Furyborn

    • Kathy

      The story is good but just some problems with the execution. I hope the next book is written better. Thanks Melanie!