Furyborn by Claire Legrand (non-spoiler review) // a very jam packed high fantasy with morally ambiguous characters!

Book: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis:

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.


Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me a digital copy to review! In no way does this sway my opinions.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

I thought the concept was cool. Two different stories from two different time periods that overlapped somehow. Also cover appreciation!! How gorgeous is it?!


PLOT

  • A lot happens really quickly and it did take me a while to get into, but after I did I just kept on reading. I really enjoyed it!
  • Everything was woven so nicely together. So many details and intricacies and it was done so well. I really enjoyed the political intrigue too.
  • The prologue reveals a lot about the story and while that normally makes me lose interest, I was still invested and rooting for the characters.
  • This is high fantasy and there are a lot of heavy themes in here too. So warning for death, torture, attempted murder, animal abuse, violence and just a lot… (I can’t remember everything, so make sure to check out other reviews too)

EXECUTION

Yes I did enjoy it, but I can’t help but feel that it was a bit cluttered. My favourite story is just one POV. Multiple is fine as long as it’s executed well, but the thing is it’s the same story. In Furyborn it’s two different POVs, but from two different time periods, and while they are connected, it’s basically like reading two separate stories. I guess this really is a selling point for this book because I haven’t seen it done before and it’s really cool but it didn’t work for me.


CHARACTERS

I loved the characters?! They weren’t goody two shoes. They were grey and morally ambiguous, which are my favourite types of characters mind you. I loved them all so much AHH

Okay also I remembered all the characters and that’s a feat for me you have no idea.

Rielle: I love her. She’s trying to do good but her actions are questionable and it’s fantastic. Special snowflake trope but I was there for it.

Ludivine: She’s friends with Rielle and supporting female friendships THANK YOU

Corien: He’s so awesome and I can’t say much but yes (actually would be considered evil but he’s wonderful)

Audric: Love interest and he was sweet but I’m not invested in the romance

Eliana: I adore her love for her brother. Her strength and her love

Simon: He’s a leader and very driven. One of my favourites!

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Tl;DR

Overall, a really engaging and well crafted book! If you plan on reading the book, I suggest you read the synopsis or you’ll get confused. I rarely ever read synopsis’s but for ARCs I do. Trust me.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read Furyborn? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely something that I didn’t enjoy as much, but if you read it, hope you do like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

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