Book Title: Furyborn
Author: Claire Legrand
Book Series: Empirium, #1
Published: May 22nd, 2018
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.
Furyborn was one of those High Fantasy novels that I was a little hesitant with. When I saw it, I thought it would be like all of the others that I have read (and enjoyed) in the past, so I just shrugged it off and ended up getting the book as an audio just in case I ended up not liking it. However, once I got towards the middle of the novel, I was quite surprised with the writing style and everything. I was pretty much hooked from then on and I couldn’t stop listening to the audio book.
All of the characters were fleshed out and described well. Most of the time I actually could picture what the character looked like in my mind every time they were mentioned or in a scene.
For the multi-perspective, I found it was planned out and written well compared to all of the other multi-perspective novels I have read in the past. The plot was original and that was a plus for me after all of the High Fantasy novels that are out in the world now.
Nevertheless, Furyborn was entertaining and heart-stopping. I am hooked, which, like I said, was odd that I ended up loving this story as much as I did.