Furyborn

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 May 2018

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Furyborn is the first novel in a new fantasy trilogy... and my first reaction is "okay.... wow." What a way to kick off a series!

I absolutely adored this book! Furyborn focuses on two women, hundreds of years apart, as they struggle to come to grips with a prophecy which refers to there someday being two Queens: a (presumed) evil Blood Queen and a (presumed) good Sun Queen. Sounds a bit typical of a YA fantasy... that is until you add in the fact that these two women are living hundreds of years apart!

In the prologue we are given a (beautifully written) scene in which we learn the circumstances of which one of our two main characters, Rielle, story ends. That scene, even...

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DNF at about 50%.

I received both an e-ARC and a physical ARC late last year and though I stopped reading months ago, I'm calling in a DNF now. I kept thinking maybe I would try again and it would get better but at some point you have to admit defeat.

The pace and the structure are just not working for me. Each time the story gets some momentum and you actually begin to care what's going to happen, the narrative changes POVs. It reminded me of learning to drive a stick shift when I was 15 and I kept stalling the car out at every red light. Like "this is going well, okay" then having to brake and then start all over.

I love multi-POV stories, but dual POV stories are...

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I think everyone in the book blogging world who would want to read this already has. I need to create a rule where I don’t request young adult fantasy – I have high hopes of enjoying it, but I rarely do and then I don’t have much to say in a review that I don’t feel has been better articulated elsewhere. Hence the brief thoughts post instead of a full review that I struggled to write for a week and then gave up on. (At least I feel like it’s been a long time since I read a book that was neither here nor there for me!)

I would have skipped this book if it was by anyone else. I was willing to give it a shot because I adored the fantasy-esque scenes Legrand wrote in Some Kind of Happiness...

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I don't want to say this was a disappointment because I am still interested in the characters and story enough to read the next book and see what happens. But it was one that I had to force myself to read sometimes. I don't normally like multiple pov but I did enjoy both. Especially since each would end with me wishing I could read more from each character. The magic and world is unique to me and something I haven't really seen before. I had a lot of positives for this book but I overall was just kind of "meh" about this story. Again I will continue the series because I'm intrigued to see where is goes next and answer some questions I have. But not as fantastic as I was hoping for.
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Furyborn by Claire Legrand (5 🌟)
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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.
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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...

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Dang!!! It has been a long time since I’ve been this caught up in a new fantasy world. I had high hopes for this one, but didn’t know if it would deliver.

To say I’m pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I found this to be, for lack of a better word, brilliant. In the current world of YA fantasy, I find it harder and harder to be taken by surprise. Harder to find bits of originality. But Claire Legrand managed to weave a tale that had so many new elements.

I admit I was a bit confused in the beginning. Trying to keep track of the two points of view and the separation of years between. However, that was completely my own fault. As the story progresses and the reality of who each...

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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 in Furyborn. 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...

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I wasn't sure if I was going to end up liking this book, as the beginning was starting to make me think that I missed a previous book in a series. The jumping between timelines did take some getting used to, but in the end I really liked it. The characters were interesting and I'm very curious to see what happens in the sequels. It's another good royal fantasy that lovers of the genre will eat up.
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I hate to say that I really did not like this. I'm unsure if it was because I had such high expectations going into the novel or if it just really was a disappointing read.

For me, nearly everything fell flat. I cared nothing for the characters (Rielle was only slightly better than everyone else, in my opinion), the plot didn't hold my interest, and I felt like like I knew everything that was going to happen long before it did. By the end, I was reading just to say I'd finished the book. It became a chore. I hate that, as this was my most highly anticipated book for the year.

Frankly, I wondered if I was reading the same book that everyone else had read and raved about...

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I enjoyed this book, and look forward to the rest of the series. It was a little confusing at first, due to the jumping between past and present, but once I got used to it, I didn't have any problems.
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Furyborn by Claire Legrand is Empirium Book 1. Two characters, connected across a thousand years, fight for the fate of their world. Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save her friend, the crown prince and in so doing reveals powers that doom her to be the salvation or damnation of the world. Eliana Ferracora, bounty hunter lives in a world ruled by the Undying Empire. Driven to team up with rebels to find her mother, things are much more complex than they appear at first.

Ms. Legrand has created a complex world, two actually, linked across time. I enjoyed the depth of the characters and how both timelines worked and were connected. Both Rielle and Elianna are strong characters who have...

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While the book was interesting, I found it to be too similar to other recent releases. I adhered to a lot of tropes and was, I personally found, very predictable. The writing was decently done, but I found it awkward at times. I also had a lot of trouble finding reasons to care about the characters. The book wasn't for me, but perhaps children on the younger end of the YA spectrum may find it enjoyable. I look forward to seeing what the author does in the future.
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We were a little worried that the hype would get the best of us on this one, but we really, truly loved it. The main characters were engaging and not pushovers and the romance took a backseat to the action, which was a nice break. TBH Jess loved this book so much that she bought a hardcover immediately after reading because she felt like she had cheated someone by keeping only the free copy. Here’s a breakdown of our feels….

Things We liked:
The Worldbuilding - This is honestly one of our favorite things of the book. The mythos Legrand developed is deep and complex and you can feel yourself getting immersed in the history of this world. The split chapter perspectives and inclusion of...

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I love the fantasy story of this book, it was amazing. Furyborn is book I would buy because of this world. I love the story, but it was hard to read at first
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I was a bit nervous going into this because the novel has been SO hyped up and I was scared that it would fall short for me. Boy was I wrong though because the story was incredibly captivating and had me hooked from the start to the very end. The main characters were fierce and I loved how we got to see from the perspectives of both Rielle and Eliana. It definitely had some sexual content within that was a bit graphic and had me a bit surprised but that barely took away from my overall view of this fantastic fantasy! I cannot wait for the next installment!
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This was a DNF for me about a third of the way into it. I just couldn't get into the book enough to spend the time required to finish this, which makes me sad because I was SO EXCITED to read this. One of my favorite books from last year was a fantasy series with two powerful women like this and I was hoping this might be as enjoyable. The writing was okay and mildly interesting, which is why I'm not giving it a one star. I can see why some folks might like this book. But for me, it's a no go.

The biggest issue I had is that the book jumps into it like we're supposed to know who all these people are and understand the setting and rules. The first chapter/prologue is...

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An interesting read. I enjoyed the back and forth structure, seeing how the pieces fit together and how the timelines influenced each other. A great addition to YA fantasy, I'll be watching out for more.


Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.
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One of the most hyped books of 2018, with not one, but two versions of early review copies sent out to reviewers and booksellers months in advance, some with a special promo box, 'Furyborn' has been primed for its release for (I'm hazarding a guess) about 8 months now. Every blogger and reviewer I know has wanted to get their hands on a copy of this book to read and review (and likely have the 'one with the artwork on the cover' in their permanent collection) because it is THE book on everyone's blog, and the 'must-read fantasy series of 2018', according to blurb on the back of the book. The publicity campaign has done a rip-roaringly good job to get...

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Loved this fantasy! I'm about to buy my own physical copy because I love it so much! We follow Rielle and Eliana who live 1000 years apart and both are fighting very different battles. I did think that there were parts in the middle that were a little slow and I just wanted more to be happening right away. But, overall I did enjoy the story and it was a great read!
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This book was amazing! I can not wait for the second book. It was a bit slow to start but once it got going I could not put this book down.  I highly recommend!
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