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Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand



My Rating ~ Four and a half stars

4half-gold-stars copy

RELEASED: 22 May 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 512


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.




The opening scenes of Furyborn sucked me in right from the start.  A queen gives birth to a daughter, she immediately has to hide, as she herself is under attack.  Handing her infant daughter over to a young boy, who has the magic to be able to take her far into the future, she battles for her own life.

Furyborn is then told from two alternating points of view – Rielle’s, describing events leading up to the prologue, and Eliana’s, a century later.

We follow Rielle as she fights to prove she has the type of magic described in a well known prophecy.  A prophecy of the rise of two queens – one of light and one of blood.  She must show she is the queen of light and will protect the empire, or be executed.  All while navigating her feelings for her childhood friend and current prince, Audric, who is already engaged to her other best friend.

Eliana is living in a war torn empire with her brother, Remy, and mother.  Eliana is a bounty hunter, but when girls start disappearing without a trace at an alarming rate, she is desperate to find out what is happening to them.  We follow Eliana’s story as she fights to protect her family and discover secrets about her past.

Furyborn was a wild ride, with nail-biting action in Rielle’s trials, agonising internal battles from Eliana as she tries to reconcile the person she has tried to force herself to be with the one she really is, and amazing friendships.  The forbidden love between Audric and Rielle was beautifully done.  There were actually quite a few loose ends not tied up, particularly something very important about Audric.  Although Rielle’s story was told as a backwards point of view, approaching the events in the prologue, we didn’t actually get there by the end.  Which means I’m desperate for the sequel!

I really loved this book.  the only reason it wasn’t a five star read for me was, although Eliana’s story is set a thousand years in the future, the world seems pretty much the same?  Eliana’s world doesn’t really seem very modern other than some of the language.  I don’t know, it just seemed a little jarring and might have been easier reading the two points of view if Eliana’s life had felt a little closer to present day.  But overall it was a fantastic read and I loved all the different magical elements.  Especially the inclusion of a gorgeous magical creature!




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