Furyborn was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I planned to read it this spring and I’m so glad I did! I flew through this book in just a couple of days! It hit the shelves on May 22nd and you definitely need to pick up a copy!
Overall thoughts on Furyborn
When I first started reading Furyborn I was slightly confused (IMO I thought that prologue was really confusing) but once the story actually started, everything started to make sense ((also… the prologue gave a lot away, plus with the two MC being 1000 years apart you sort of already knew what was going to happen with Rielle the whole time) but it was still a fun read.)
Furyborn follows the story of two women, 1000 years apart, telling each of their stories. Lady Rielle and Eliana. Both of the MC were somewhat interesting, but because of the lack of plot, it was sometimes boring to read.
I enjoyed Eliana’s story a little bit more than Rielle’s. There’s a lot more action during her story and I LOVED the characters. But in the end, it still sort of felt like not a lot happened. In Rielle’s chapters, she goes through seven trials which sort of felt redundant after the first one.
Things I really liked:
- Eliana’s story (at least most of it)
- That we got basically two stories in one, which was fun but also made the book feel really long at certain parts.
What I wanted more of:
- I think I wanted a little less jumping back and forth between the narrations. I always finished a chapter wanting more of that story but knowing it was another chapter away. This was how I felt for both parts. But because of this, I kept reading.
- More plot. There were definitely parts where I was like “okay… where are we going now?” and because of that my reading stalled a little bit and it took me a little longer to finish Furyborn. (And by a little longer it took me 2 months to read this one. Granted it’s 500+ pages but I read ACoMaF in a day 🤷♀️)
But, overall I really enjoy this book. I’m falling in love with fantasy all over again and even though this wasn’t my favorite fantasy read this year, there were parts that made it enjoyable. I just didn’t love it.
I gave Furyborn 3/5 stars.
Follows 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.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand