Furyborn

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 May 2018

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Furyborn for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Possible spoilers ahead.

The thing I loved the most about Furyborn was definitely the in-depth look we get at the world they live in. The story is told through the points of view of the Sun and Blood Queens, one queen in the past and the other in the future. Finding out how the pieces fit together and why Rielle and Eliana were connected was the driving force that kept me reading on.

That being said, up until about halfway through the book, I was far less interested in Rielle's story than Eliana's. Rielle was a bore up until the trials kicked into high gear. I understood why I was supposed to care about her, but as hard as I tried to like her personality, I just couldn't get behind it. I didn't feel for her heartbreaks or revel in her wins.

Eliana's icy, badass attitude, on the other hand, was much more my speed and why I still very much enjoyed Furyborn enough to grant it four stars! Harken's fate brought me to tears. Simon's big reveal had me covering my mouth with the palm of my hand to keep from audibly gasping and scaring my sleeping dog awake.

All things considered, I don't regret sticking it out until the end. Rielle's storyline did catch my attention eventually and Eliana's knife skills are just too good to miss. I could definitely be persuaded to read the sequel. Four out of five stars for Furyborn.
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Furyborn surprised me. I don't really know what I was expecting, if I'm totally honest. When I went into it, all I knew was that there was hype surrounding it and that was it had fairly decent ratings on Goodreads, which I only noticed when I went to add to my 'Currently Reading' shelf. I knew it was a Fantasy but I didn't actually know what it was about. I felt a little like I was going back to my pre-blogger days when I used to pick out and read books purely based on their blurb rather than reading what others had to say about a book before picking it up.

This book started off with a bit of intrigue to lure you in but honestly? I was a little confused about what was going on. However, once I was reading the main part of the book, it absolutely made sense. The prologues intention to capture attention worked on me as it made me want to understand what was happening.

The story of Furyborn is told with two different PoVs that are set at different times. Both PoVs are set either side of the prologue - that threw me off at first but because both views have a complete different story, it was easy to distinguish between the two...plus the chapter said who's PoV it was! Bonus points for this as I really don't like it when books have multiple PoVs but they don't tell you who's PoV it is!

The characters were ok. I liked our two main characters, particularly Eliana. I thought that Eliana was much more enjoyable to read about and that it felt like there was a little more going on in her chapters. I thought Rielle's character was good too but I personally just didn't enjoy her chapters as much as I enjoyed reading Eliana's. I liked the accompanying characters in Eliana's chapters, such as her younger brother, but I didn't really feel like I got to know the characters in Rielle's chapters much. I felt that Rielle's chapters were all about her and that she was quite lonely. There are connections between some characters that I had sort of predicated before we were actually told of the connection. I liked working out the connections but also felt that this was the books first step into the predictable zone.

I thought that the writing was good and felt that it ran at a smooth pace that kept my interest throughout, despite it being just over 500 pages. Sometimes books with longer page counts can feel like they go on forever, but the pacing of this one made me forget that it was even the length that it was. The chapters weren't too long which made for easy reading too.

I did think that some of the plot twists were sort of predictable and I wasn't totally taken by surprise by them. I'm usually pretty bad at predicting things, always ending up being miles off but this time, I managed to figure out what was going to happen perhaps before even the characters themselves knew. It wasn't totally a bad thing. It was nice to have actually figured things out for once, but still. I don't want predictability in regards to plot twists.

I think that this book wrapped up fairly nicely and left loose ends that are ready to be tied up in the next book. I thought that it was an interesting idea and I'm looking forward to seeing how the plot develops in the next book, although I wouldn't exactly say this book lived up to the hype. I have given it three and half stars because I enjoyed this book and felt that I was able to move through it relatively quickly (based on my reading speed these days). However, I didn't feel that it was a completely new fantasy idea and that it hasn't offered something totally different to what we currently have in the genre. Mostly, I just found this book to be predictable.
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I can't decide how I feel about Furyborn. The premise of the story was interesting enough; two women, separated centuries apart, both have the power to save the work and are closely connected. What an awesome story line, right?! Unfortunately, there were a lot of questions/gaps in the story that I had a hard time understanding and made it harder for me to love the book (and maybe that is only because I can be a superficial reader) like why are the angels so evil? There are these 7 powers, but where did they come from? How did Simon and the baby get separated in the beginning? However, there are a lot of other questions that I am sure will be answered throughout the trilogy (what happened to Simon and what makes  Simon and Eliana want to get frisky?) There are times in the story that are monotonous and unlikeable, but last third is where is picked up and became more enjoyable, 

For a YA book, this is pretty adult. There is language, sex, and violence that is deserving of a parental advisory, but I really enjoyed it. 

Even though this wasn't my favorite book of 2018, the more I think about it the more I need to know what happens next! I will definitely be getting my hands on Kingsbane in 2019.
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This book was intense! I fell in love with both our main characters, who are amazing strong female leads. The premise and plot for this book are really creative in the fact that we follow our 2 leads 100 years apart and don't know which one is the saviour or downfall. I'm super excited for the next book.
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I think I let myself buy a little too much into the hype on FURYBORN, which led to disappointment with the actual book. A fine first effort, but comes off as fairly standard YA fantasy. No huge stumbles in execution, but nothing that has me thrilled to pick up the next book in the series.
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Furyborn is the opposite of Meet the Sky—this one is a very dark YA, perfect for those readers who enjoy a bit of edginess to their fantasy. It reads a lot like epic fantasy, with extremely complex worldbuilding and a story that spans a century. 

Something about this book captured me, despite the fact that I was sometimes lost when it came to the details of the worldbuilding. It took me a long time to figure out that Eliana’s POV takes place 1000 years after Rielle’s—it says it right in the synopsis, but I hadn’t read it recently, and listening via audiobook meant that tracking specifics like dates (in a fantasy world where the dates were foreign-sounding) was difficult. Still, I’m very glad I listened to the audiobook instead of trying to read this one because I tend to have a better attention span for complicated (and long) fantasies via audio than when I read.

Eliana’s POV was definitely my favorite. I was captivated by this very morally gray character and her struggle to keep those she loved safe in a world that was anything but. I found myself less interested in Rielle’s chapters, which I think could be attributed to the fact that we find out right at the beginning of the book that Rielle marries (and kills) Audric, and I thought we’d be seeing everything leading up to that, but we really just get a snippet—her overcoming some magical trials. Still it’s Rielle’s POV that puts the magic of the book on full display—and it’s quite a spectacle!

If you’re a fan of epic, complicated fantasies and you love it when you’re not sure who to root for, this is the series for you. (How does Rielle become the eventual villain? Is Eliana a villain too? She’d certainly be seen that way by many of the characters in the book. Who are the angels and why do they seem to want to destroy humanity?) This is one of those books that some people will love and others won’t have the patience for—I think I was somewhere in between.

One note: This book seems to be labeled as YA, but the characters feel older than they are (especially Eliana, but Rielle too since we start the book seeing her married and having a child). They’re sexually active and empowered and they make no bones about it, and there’s some pretty strong violence in the book. Plus, it’s longer and more complicated than a lot of YA fantasy out there. I know there are teens out there who love this type of book, but it’s good to note that this is a story that sort of straddles YA and NA or adult.

NARRATION: I’m a sucker for a British accent, and I thought Fiona Hardingham did a wonderful job with the narration. This is the type of book that I personally prefer in audio, but readers who have a hard time following complex fantasy in audio format might want to read the book instead.

***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley (and then also listened to the audiobook via my library) in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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I love a good YA series, but sadly, I won't be reading any more of these. I liked the action elements and there was a lot of suspense built throughout the book. However, here's what I didn't like: there were several graphic scenes that didn't seem to vibe with a YA feel, there were way too many villains to keep track of, and I ended up not really caring what happened to any of the characters. The true reason this book didn't work for me is that I just couldn't keep they mythology straight. I wasn't sure who the bad guys were or how the characters fit into the larger narrative. I always go back to series like Harry Potter and Hunger Games as A-level - they're completely new worlds but it's easy to follow along with what's happening.
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This book wasn't necessarily my cup of tea but overall it was very enjoyable. Loved the split POVs and dual timelines very well done and the writing was superb
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Furyborn, the first book in the Empirium trilogy, is set in the fantasy world of Aritas and alternates between two stories set a thousand years apart. A prophecy suggests that two women will be born, the savior Sun Queen and the destructive Blood Queen, who will impact the ultimate fate of the Empire.  Rielle, who wields elemental magic, is forced to undergo seven trials to discover her true identity and ascend the throne.  A thousand years later Eliana, a bounty hunter, joins the rebels who are fighting the Empire.  The stories of magic, angels and saints in Rielle's era are thought to be myths in Eliana's.  However, when her mother disappears, Eliana attempts to rescue her and gets embroiled in a cosmic battle that has been ongoing since Rielle's reign.  There is a great deal of world building in this introduction to the trilogy, but the two stories are cleverly interwoven and fast-paced once each heroine begins her quest.
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I didn’t get time to finish this before its publication, but it was amazing! Rielle’s backstory is so interesting, the trials by element were super original! And trying to link both point of views was kind of challenging for me, but all of the references to the blood queen were fun to find.
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I absolutely loved this book! It had non stop action, fantasy, drama, and a touch of steam here and there. The characters were well developed, the pacing of the story line kept me wanting to read more. The only bad thing is the wait for the next book. Thank you NetGally for the early review copy. 5 stars from me!
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Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Furyborn.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Rielle Dardenne, in an effort to save her best friend from assassins, exposes herself as one of the prophesied queens.  But is she the Queen of Light or the Queen of Blood?  Forced to endure a series of elemental magic trials, will Rielle prove herself worthy of the title of Sun Queen?

Living in a time one thousand years after Queen Rielle, Eliana Ferracora is a bounty hunter whose personal quest may impact the health and wellness of her fellow citizens.  When it becomes apparent that Eliana has a secret that may help her world, will she discover that her existence has importance beyond measure?

Furyborn is a novel about two women who are headstrong, determined, and willing to do what it takes to survive.  As the author bounces back and forth between the two perspectives with their separate story lines, it becomes readily apparent that the two women have some connection to each other.  I found Furyborn to be overly dramatic at times and, as is often the case with YA fantasy, had too much teenage angst to make it believable.  These young women are supposed to be struggling with their identities, their lives, and their purpose, but the author spends a great deal of time on their personal relationships instead.  Rielle's story is much stronger than Eliana's and this lopsidedness took away from the balance of the book.  The novel was largely repetitive and, although the author does a good job of building the worlds in which the characters live, she did not do enough to hold my interest.  There was just too much going on and not enough to anchor the characters to their story lines.  As Furyborn is the beginning of a series, perhaps the author will be able to settle into the characters in future books.   Readers who like YA fantasy and romance may like this book, but I thought it was not in the same caliber as standouts such as The Young Elites.
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I was so excited to get this ebook! I had the book on preorder as soon as I read the description. The thing that drew me in was not that there two main characters but the fact that these two POV’s were centuries apart. A book with the intrigue and world building of two entirely different time periods. The cliffhanger was a bit predictable but how I wished for the story to good so no complaints. One drawback for me was I didn’t particularly like Rielle. The character to me was pretty whiny and unlikable even though I preferred the story in her time period. Eliana on the other hand I enjoyed and can’t wait to see where here story goes in the next book!
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DNF @ 55%

I'm not sure what I thought this book was when I originally requested it, but I didn't like quite a bit about what I did read.

Full disclosure, I rarely, if ever, DNF a book. Furyborn started out with odd pacing, proceeded with the slowest plot buildup of ever, and just felt dragged out. On top of that, the whole subject matter made me confused and uncomfortable. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was going on. TBH, I started this book WAY back before it was released and then put it down...never to even open it again. I just realized that I never submitted my reivew for NetGalley, so here it is. In all it's non-existing glory.

The rating is entirely my opinion, having not finished the book. If you love this book, please know that I'm not trying to come in and rip your favorite to shreds. That's never my intention. It just wasn't for me.
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Claire Legrand excels at character dynamics -- especially the dynamic between her protagonist and their designated antagonist. 'Furyborn' is no exception, and, in fact, I'd argue that it greatly surpasses the dynamics she first showed an affinity for in 'Winterspell.'

The characters are this novel's strength. While the plot may lag at times in terms of pacing and interest, the characters are always engaging. Without question, they are what kept me turning page after page, even when I found my mind wandering with regards to the plot.

All in all: I really enjoyed this book and am ready for the sequel.
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Furyborn by Claire LeGrand is such an exciting tale. This story is written in the point of view of two different people. One point of view is set two years prior to the prologue and the other point of view is set one thousand years in the future. Every chapter keeps you on your toes. This book is so intense. I feel like every chapter just through the reader into more action.

Rielle is part of the court of Celdaria. Rielle has always been powerful. She is able to manipulate the elments and has grown up trying to stifle her power due to the fact that people are afraid of what she is able to do. Rielle ends up in the seven trials to test her powers.

Eliana is an assassin who has the gift of being able to heal herself. She tries to protect her family by making sure she is in the King's good graces. Her way of doing that is by doing the King's bidding. The readers follows Eliana on a mission with another assassin that says he will be willing to help her as long as she helps him first.

I really enjoyed Furyborn. I had a such a great time reading this book. I felt like it was written so well. LeGrand did such a great job with keeping these two storylines straight. One of the things that happen with really long books with multiple povs, you can sometimes become confused or get things mixed up and I didn't feel this way at all with Furyborn. LeGrand is an excellent writer that brought us a fantastic high fantasy novel. I am really looking forward to book two.
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I just couldn't get into this one. I thought the word building was really slow and I just couldn't connect with anyone in the book. I was really excited about the premise for this one.
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Furyborn is the beginning of an epic tale, a tale of magic and destiny. It's the intertwined stories of two young women who want to live, who want to be themselves, to do what they want and be with who they want to be with. But there is always a prophecy waiting, there's always fate and destiny standing by, ready for them to come into their own. Ready to show them how they will change the world.

Rielle is tired of hiding so many things. Her feelings, her thoughts, her abilities. But revealing them, any of them, would mean disaster. It would mean ruin. It would mean she'd never have the chance at something resembling happiness. But when her hand is forced, when her powers are revealed, so begins something deceptive and deadly, so begins plans and plots. So begins her mission to survive while waking something dangerous. Eliana is certain she's only good at one thing, certain that being good at this one thing will keep her and her family safe. Keep them fed and cared for. But then her mother vanishes, pushing her to take a job in particular, a job that will lead her towards rebels and spies. And so Eliana becomes involved in a rebellion, a fight she never wanted to be anywhere near. But it's too late now, and someone is rather interested in her.

It's a deeply layered and epic story. There's Rielle's mission to hid herself and then reveal herself to those around her in order to keep everything safe, and there's Eliana's job that keeps her in the darkness, keeps her hidden, until she's pushed to search for someone important. There certainly was a lot of world-building to establish in the beginning, for both points of view. Over time certain secrets are revealed, certain connections are made, and when the link between them was made, I knew the rest of the trilogy was sure to be even more complicated. Even more about these two young women and their determination, their strength, their power.
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I really liked this book. I was like Hunger games but with magic included into the story. This book took a little time to get started and I had to keep pushing myself the keep reading. I’m glad I did because once the book got going it was a very intriguing read. The book kept my attention with so much action I was entertained until the book ended. There are 2 time periods covered where we find three powerful teens that grew up together in the palace. The crown prince, his fiancée and cousin, and Rielle, the daughter of a cabinet minister.  Rielle is in love with the prince but has to keep her emotions and powers in together. Rielle has the unique ability to channel magic and her power can overwhelm and kill.  While Rielle is struggling to control her ability, we find out that her love for the prince is slowly endangering them both. This was a wonderful read that I think any adventure and action fan would love.
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What do I say about Furyborn? The magic system, the dual storylines, the world building between past and present is flawless. I knew how the two protagonists were related quite early on (maybe it was obvious to other people from the beginning!), but I felt that it somewhat spoiled the story to know that secret. I loved the two main characters, but I truly adored the supporting characters, as well. The story would have been incomplete without them. Can't wait for the sequel!
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