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Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy) by Claire Legrand

Furyborn, The Empirium Trilogy, Claire Legrand, book review,
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 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, 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.
Source: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley and opted to post a review.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Epic
Format: eBook, Print, Audio
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Series: The Empirium Trilogy


I loved the premise of Furyborn! The idea of a prophecy foretelling the arrival of two different queens, one who will save the world and one who will doom it, is irresistible. The fact that the story is told from the perspective of these two queens who lived in separate timelines made the plot even more irresistible.

At this point in the series, it's difficult to tell which one of the protagonists is destined to be the "good" queen and which one is destined to doom the world. This makes sense as the book is the first in a trilogy and revealing which character is the queen of light, and which one is the queen of blood, would spoil the plot from the beginning. While Legrand gets high marks from me for not inadvertently spoiling the plot when switching the perspective from the past to the future, the perspective changes happened too frequently for me to feel some sort of emotional attachment to either one of the protagonists.

For readers who enjoy plots that focus on world-building, the author doesn't devote much time to really developing the setting and the society. I prefer character development over world-building; however, I found myself wishing that a little more time had been devoted to the setting and the society. On the other hand, discussing the society in each timeline might have inadvertently revealed too much about which woman is destined to be the "queen of light" and which one is destined to be the "queen of blood." Still, I hope that Legrand will elaborate on the setting in future novels.

I enjoyed reading Furyborn. It is definitely an epic, so don't expect it to be a light read, but I really didn't find a lot of the repetitiveness that I've seen in other epics. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for the next book in The Empirium Trilogy.

About Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand, author
Claire Legrand, author of Furyborn. Courtesy of Goodreads.
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.

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