“A sword forged true in hammer and flame
Flies sure and swift
A heart forged in battle and strife
Cuts deeper than any blade”
― Claire Legrand,
By: Claire Legrand
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.
Let me start by saying that I love the idea of this novel. The premise of this novel and series is right up my alley. That being said, I didn’t love this book as much as I hoped I would.
One of the problems I think I had regarding Furyborn was the hype surrounding it. I heard nothing but great reviews prior to reading this book. That ultimately made me have incredibly high expectations. So, it would be incredibly difficult to live up to those expectations.
The World: I loved the world building within this novel. The political aspects and the overall geography of the world was incredible. I truly could appreciate the way that Legrand described the world surrounding out characters.
The Characters: Okay, so I have mixed feelings regarding the characters in this novel. There is a dual narrative in this novel. I only truly found myself connecting with one of the narratives. This made it very difficult to want to continue reading when the opposing narrative would occur. I completely adored Eliana and Simon. However, I found it tough to like or connect with Rielle or Audric. This gave me contradictory feelings.
The Magic System: I was very confused by the magic system in this novel. I’m hoping I will get more of an understanding of the logistics of the magic system in the second novel of this series. I really couldn’t picture the magic nor could I wrap my head around what was actually occurring with it.
Overall: This book was okay to me. I will probably pick up the next book in the series because I am intrigued. However, I don’t think I will go into it with quite as high of expectations.
Have you read Furyborn? What’s another fantasy novel I should read instead?