Author: Claire Legrand
Source: ARC (Fairyloot editon)
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 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.