My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Magic, Romance, Family
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.
In exactly six days, this book will be released.
In exactly six days also, your life expectancy will be extended of a couple of years. Coincidence? I think not, because this book will breathe life into you.
It’s that good. It’s that intense. And it’s that close to the kind of YA fantasy book I want to be reading day and night.
Rielle and Eliana are two fierce heroines with incredible power that puts them in danger as much as it helps them grow into the invincible young women they want to be. They often do the unexpected, thus keeping you on the edge of your seat, and I quite admired their headstrong personalities and self-confidence.
He was hers, and these men wanted to kill him.
A knife-sharp rage crested within her.
How dare they?
There is romance, but that’s not the most important aspect of this book. It is overshadowed by the trials that Rielle faces to become the next Sun Queen, as well as Eliana’s mother’s disappearance. Eliana will do anything to get her mother back – lie, betray, kill. She doesn’t want to lose her like she lost her father. Those are the focal points.
I admit that it took me fifty pages to really get into this book, since I was very confused in the beginning. That’s why I cannot give it five stars. The prologue is incredible, but also extremely vague at the same time. I had about a thousand questions nested inside my mind by the time I finished it.
But here are two pieces of information that will make it easier for you to understand this book: 1. Rielle doesn’t want the king to discover she has magic, because she is afraid of what he and everyone else will do to her. 2. Eliana also doesn’t want people to discover her abilities because magic is supposedly extinct in her a-thousand-year-later world and she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself since she is an assassin.
Whenever you’re lost or you don’t understand why the characters would have said or done this and that, consider thinking back to those two points. After all, when you are keeping a huge secret, it is forever on your mind, so it is bound to influence your actions as well.
Don’t worry too much if things aren’t clear for you either in the first fifty or a hundred pages. Eventually, you’ll be able to spot what’s important and what isn’t, and lose yourself in the story and the adventures of the two strong magic users worth getting to know.
Enjoy the ride.
Q & A with Author
Q: If you get stranded on a deserted island, which character from Furyborn would you take with you and why?
Claire Legrand: I’d have to say Rielle. Not only would her power come in handy when we needed water, or protection from the sun, or shelter from a storm, but she would also be able to summon a creature that could actually help us get off the island for good. I won’t say more than that, because spoilers! But she would certainly be a terrific partner in that situation—as long as she didn’t lose her temper.
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