Book Review – Furyborn by Clare Legrand

furybornFollows 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.


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I found Furyborn a little disappointing to be honest. It is just so long and the dual storyline aspect made it slightly confusing in places and definitely drag on. Though sadly neither one would really work without the other because the world building is in both.

I enjoyed Rielle’s storyline more, and would have preferred in many ways to read it as a cohesive whole. I liked her trials and the magic system, though it took me a while to figure it out. I also liked her friendships with Ludivine and Audric.

Eliana on the other hand, I didn’t connect with at all until like page 350. I liked some of the things going on around her – the wolf, the disappearing women, Remy and Navi. I just couldn’t get into her storyline as much and she’s not as sympathetic a character. But towards the end her story really picked up and became much more interesting.

While the book is well written, I just couldn’t get what I wanted from it and felt it took a long time to get where it was going. And I don’t even really know where that is – there’s not a lot of resolution going on. I wanted more from Rielle’s story on that front.


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