Author Claire Legrand
Description from Amazon
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.
This was the first book I picked up in 2019 and it was the reawakening of my love of YA books. I grabbed it somewhat randomly at Barnes and Noble on December 30th (but held off reading it until January 1st). To my surprise, I found out that the copy I got is actually signed — not one of those printed signature, like actually signed by Claire Legrand (you can feel where the pen was on the back of the page). So not only did this book restart a long love story with books, it actually started my collection of signed books.
Anyway, the premise seemed super interesting and several book sites that I follow had been hyping it up since it came out in the Spring of 2018. I thought this would be a fitting way to start off 2019.
This cover is amazing! I love the symmetry and the two crowns with the sword. One crown is yellow (Sun Queen) and the other is red (Blood Queen). Obviously, I didn’t fully understand the meaning behind the cover until I finished the book but that only made me appreciate it more. There is so much symbolism and hidden meaning behind the cover and yet it is so elegant.
I also want to make mention of the French influences in this book. Several of the names are suggestive of it and the colors on the cover mirrors the influence.
Simon – I loved Simon (despite the fact that I think he is waaaaay to good for Eliana). Furyborn has really interesting character development that I wasn’t expecting. Initially, I really liked Rielle and found that Eliana was kind of a brat. However, as the story progressed, I liked Eliana more (and yes, I thought she became more worthy of Simon).
Simon, unlike Eliana and Rielle, was very consistent. He represented both worlds and I thought he carried that balance very well. As far as love interests go, I liked Simon much more than Audric.
Something I Wasn’t Crazy About
Predictability. I often judge books on how easily I can predict the twists, turns, and overall outcomes. I have to admit, I thought the connection between Rielle and Eliana was blatantly obvious. Maybe that’s me, or maybe that was intentional. But, nonetheless, this book did not really keep me on my toes. It was exactly as I thought it would be.
While there was something I didn’t love about this book, I must say, I am still very excited to read the next volume, Kingsbane, in May 2019. Furyborn created a world that I am happy to revisit and characters that were rich and interesting. Despite my misgivings about Eliana’s character, I think I will learn to like her more in the rest of this trilogy 🤞.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Princess in the Opal Mask and Opal Crown by Jenny Lundquist – both of these stories feature two points of view with two royals who are trying to save their kingdoms. Both stories also feature romance and identity confusion (the Opal Series has twins who are switched and Furyborn has confusion over which girl fits which portion of the prophecy).
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – this story features political intrigue, romance, war and royals finding themselves. It’s a bit older, but if you liked Furyborn, give this one a chance.
- Beasts of the Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell – this story also features a prophecy (which is somewhat misinterpreted initially), romance, and a strong theme of reclaiming the main characters’ homelands.
Preorder Kingsbane on Amazon **Releasing on May 21, 2019**