Well, this was rather…underwhelming. This book has received so much hype, so I was excited to be approved for an eARC. But alas… This didn’t at all meet my expectations. Not saying it was bad, but rather… Well, read my review below and maybe you’ll see.
Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1)
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Expected release date: May 22, 2018
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 512 pages
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”
First off, let’s talk about that cover. It’s so gorgeous! And if you’ve been following the YA book community, you might have heard of this book. I believe even FairyLoot included a physical ARC of it in each of their boxes a few months ago. I mean, talk about a hyped book! And honestly, I really thought I would love it, and yes, there are parts I really liked but then… There weren’t, lol.
Diving into the prologue, I thought this was going to be another “redemption story” for one of the main characters. This thinking led me to forever have a bad taste about that same character throughout the rest of the book. However, I’m glad to report it’s not necessarily like that, though… Maybe some of the blame for what happens can fall on her, in some way. But I will say I absolutely love how the characters are tied together, not just in the “two women, one thousand years apart” thing.
If you like morally gray character, try this book. I liked Eliana more than Rielle. I find myself liking all of the characters really. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would, and I’m left trying to figure out if Rielle was mostly just a pawn, and why she didn’t forever push aside the thoughts in her head. She walked a thin line–between the power she knew she had and what she could obtain with them and the love she had for her friends. As for Eliana, I knew were her story was going the instant a certain someone reappeared in her life. I liked that and Eliana herself. I guess the next step is to see if and how Eliana struggles with this legacy.
There was a lot of info-dumping in the beginning chapters. The world is vast and grand and so much has happened in the thousand years between Rielle and Eliana, and I imagine there’s much the author wants to explore in the later books. I’m really interested to see how exactly the two similar yet different worlds of these two protagonists came to be. That might be the only thing that makes me want to continue reading this series. Other than that… Eh, I could skip it. *shrugs*
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