Title – Furyborn
Author – Claire LeGrand
Rating – 5/5
Release Date – May 22nd, 2018
Publisher – Sourcebooks Fire
Format – ARC from publisher
Rielle risks it all to save her friend from assassins when she exposes that she can perform all seven kinds of elemental magic, something only the prophesied queens should have. One queen of light and one of darkness. Rielle must now prove she is the Sun Queen through seven trials to test her abilities. Will the trials kill her first, will she fail the trials and be executed? Only time will tell. Centuries later Eliana embraces violence in order to keep her family safe…or so she thought. When her mother and several other women in their city vanish without a trace Eliana joins a rebel captain, consequently discovering how horrible the empire truly is. Rielle and Eliana fight for the same cause, the war spanning thousands of violent years and although they live milennia apart, their lived intertwine and connections between them are dramatically revealed in Furyborn, a unique 2018 fantasy from Claire LeGrand.
Wow, this book was a lot. It’s huge and jam packed with action, adventure, magic, politics, and royalty! This is definitely going to be one of my favourite 2018 reads!
Usually I have an issue with pacing in books, especially when it’s kind of slow. This book was slow, but not slow enough to lose my interest. It was slow when there was information to be told, but then the action picked up at the perfect time, making the book addicting and so hard to put down!
The way the story was written is amazing! Rielle and Eliana are the two perspectives that we read from and the author wrote the book so that as you read you discover these connections between the two girls that are kind of (okay, REALLY) mind blowing! The two stories were seamlessly intertwined and each chapter would switch POVs which added to how addicting the story was since the chapters usually ended on cliffhangers!
This fantasy world had its own type of religion which I thought was very cool because I feel like YA fantasy worlds only incorporate religion that is toxic and evil to the people. Furyborn’s religious system was very interesting with the saints and the prophesied queens.
Angels were not a huge part of this book, but when they were I really enjoyed it! I haven’t read many (if any…?) books with angels in it, and I am very excited for the next book in this series because I feel like this book set up the second one so that there would be more angel involvement (hopefully haha).
There was a lovely balance of romance and friendship, but I’m going to just talk about the friendship because they were my favourite. My favourite friendship was between Ludivine (if you’ve read this book let’s just take a moment to marvel at the twist in Ludivine’s story!!), Audric, and Rielle. Their connection is so unique and natural, it made me so happy the way they cared for one another. Eliana and Navi had more of an impromptu friendship, but it was a friendship nonetheless! The way they cared for one another was less loving, but considering the situation they were thrown into they made it work!
Some plot twists I didn’t catch on to until after I thought about it for a little bit because there is so much going on in this book and it’s all so intricately woven together. I feel like this book calls for a reread because I feel like it would be even better the second time because then I could pick up on all the little things and connections that I missed out on before!
I really loved how epic this book was and I will be eagerly awaiting the sequel!
Have you read Furyborn? What’d you think? (please keep your thoughts spoiler free so none of our blogger friends that want to read the book get spoiled!). Are you planning on reading Furyborn? Let me know in a comment!