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"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."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492656623
Branch Call Number: LEGRA
Characteristics: 501 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.


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Nov 18, 2020

Claire Legrand’s first book in the Empirium series, “Furyborn” revolves around two girls, a thousand years apart that hold the power to save or destroy the world. I enjoyed the concept of the seven elements and how everyone can control one, it was built on nicely. The romance was very present with Rielle’s love triangle and Eliana’s enemies-to-lovers romance. I both loved and hated how the chapters alternated between Rielle’s and Eliana’s perspectives. They were both so unique, but there were so many cliffhangers. The book was a bit concise because the author could’ve had more descriptions, some events happened in a flash. Also, I felt like there was too much going on in this book. There were a lot of major events that occurred, and some of them didn’t seem to be that risky, like Rielle’s trials. There were also a lot of action scenes and not that much dialogue, but Eliana’s and Simon’s funny quips added humour to the story. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy books with a strong female protagonist because this one has two of them. Overall, “Furyborn” had a great concept, but the pacing and descriptions were a bit off. I would give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars. @India_ink of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle,” he said, his voice rough. “That is what it means to be human.”

While risking her life to save the boy she secretly loves, Rielle Dardenne unleashes a power hidden within her. Now, she is more than herself: she is one of the Queens, foretold by prophecy to either destroy the world or save it. As she is put through trials to reveal her power as the Sun Queen, the Queen of Light, she is woven into a story centuries in the making. But will she be able to be the Queen of Light that her kingdom needs, or lead it to destruction?
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracorra is a bounty hunter and a petty thief. To her, the ancient stories of the Blood Queen Rielle are mere fairy tales. But as she is wrapped up in an empirical conspiracy, she discovers that such tales are far from myth—and that she herself may be the Sun Queen destined to save her world.

With “Furyborn,” Claire Legrand once again shows that she is the master of every genre she sets her pen to. With lush prose, detailed world-building, and tragic characters you can’t help but root for, she has woven a masterful tale of personal destiny and the struggle to be an individual.

POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNINGS: Graphic violence, mentions of sex, death of loved ones

This book was so much fun, while at the same time full of feels and drama and it was so easy to fly through it. Definitely my favourite fantasy that I've read in a while.

To begin with, the writing is beautiful. Claire Legrand has something special; her words are easy to read, while at the same time beautifully descriptive and intricately woven. Some of her figurative language was so evocative that I paused for a moment just to admire it, because it's something I don't tend to find with fantasy novels, and I LOVED it.

Now, the dual stories and POV's are what truly set this book apart for me. I fell in love with both Rielle and Eliana and the way their worlds were connected. The terrific world-building here really shows, because although the girls are living a thousand years apart, you can see their worlds bleeding together in certain ways. The magic system was bomb, I always love elemental magic, but then throwing angels in there as well as a kind of other race was just so intriguing. I was constantly wondering who was going to connect to who and exactly how the world ended up as it did in Eliana's life from where it began in Rielle's. FASCINATING.

Character-wise, as I said, both of the girls were on point. Rielle's tale feels more traditional: special girl lives in special castle and falls in love with special prince who's engaged to her best friend. Classic. But somehow the tropes worked, because there were all these twists and turns thrown in there (that I won't spoil but can I just say, sex-positive heroines who are in love with both girls and boys? Revolutionary). Eliana was more intriguing to me from the beginning, and with the addition of the Wolf in her tale, I knew I was done. Give me a sarcastic, foul-mouthed, scarred, damaged boy and basically I will die for them and Simon was no exception. Remy was such a lovely addition as well - the families in this novel felt real and relatable, and I love that we got that in a fantasy.

So, yes, I really, truly loved this book. It read kind of like a guilty pleasure, while at the same time being substantial enough that I didn't feel guilty at all. I love upper YA for so many reasons, and the more of it that I read the more my love solidifies. I absolutely can't wait for book two in this series, and I know I'll be rereading and recommending this one.

Nov 19, 2019

Read about 20 pages and was unable to get into it.

JCLChrisK Jan 28, 2019

A lengthy, sometimes dense epic fantasy composed of short, gripping chapters that make it hard to put down. Two engaging, complex leads and an intriguing world. Both entertaining and memorable.

A_Jeffery Jan 08, 2019

Legrand has created a very intriguing world with strong characters, a little bit of romance, and a big mystery!

daniellevk_0 Oct 20, 2018

This is a great first book of a series. It has magic, action, hope, and courage in it. The book goes back and forth each chapter between two teenage girls years apart but are very similar to each other. They both want to be good people and they both have elemental powers . There is a prophecy where there would be one queen who would bring destruction to everything and the other to bring light or peace. One girl has bad influences to try and control her and she has to prove to the court and king that she is the good one. The other girl has more help in her journey. I enjoyed reading this book and liked going back and forth between both girls to figure out what is going on and what is going to happen. This book had a great ending for the first book where the author will be to open it up for the second book of the series.

alburke47 Sep 27, 2018

I liked this. I don't usually go for YA (being neither young nor adult), but this sounded like a good one. I was right.

The plot revolves around two women, living a millennium apart.

The first is Rielle, lovelorn and bearing a dark secret, one that could cost her life. When an assassination attempt on her beloved prince Audric forces her to use her hidden powers to save him, her life starts to spiral out of control. All this before she falls foul of angels.

The other is Eliana, a cold-blooded killer who will do anything to protect her family, even work for the empire that has created a world of misery for its citizens. Eliana has her own secret, an ability to heal rapidly that she tries to keep under wraps. When she draws the attention of the Red Crown, a resistance movement aimed at bringing down said empire, her life (surprise, surprise) also takes a worrying turn.

The leads are great, particularly Eliana who only cares for those close to her and is willing to sell out anyone else. The rest of the "cast" are pretty good, all showing strengths and weaknesses, and the dialogue lacks the annoying earnestness that can appear in other YA books. The romance is understated and isn't central to the plot, but what little there is seems real. The exception was the dodgy sex scene that made me chuckle more than blush, and went on for way too long.

The dual character arcs were easy to follow once one got into the plot, and they were relevant to each other, while not necessarily mirroring. The MCs were also very different, with regal Rielle living among royals, while Eliana consorted with criminals. The ending seemed a little rushed, and while there is plenty of plot wrinkles to iron out in future books, I'm not certain the author can match the first book.

We shall see.

PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 08, 2018

4.5 ⭐ Let's get the very minor bad out of the way: this was a tough book to get into. We have a prologuey sort of thing that basically tells you what's going to happen by the end of the book. Then there's the split timeline to deal with. Despite all that, the detail and intricacy of this plot is mindblowing. I was really expecting another Assassin/Badass/Queen combo but this book has, in my reading at least, a completely unique storyline, which in the world of YA fantasy right now, is refreshing. And sexy bits that don't make you want to cringe! Assassins that kill people they're hired too, even when it's the good guys! So, basically a fully-formed world with fully-formed, understandable characters.

Aug 28, 2018

I'm sort of torn, at first I didn't love it and I didn't like each chapter flipping between the two characters. It felt like there were two complete plots being wedged into one book. Near the end though they both really picked up and I couldn't put the book down, and I was frequently surprised by some of the characters.

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Sexual Content: Some sex scenes and mentions of sex

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