Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1) by: Claire Legrand

Release Date: May 22, 2018
from Sourcebooks Fire
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

I am so torn with my feelings on this book. There was stuff I loved and stuff I did not love. It took me a while to get through this one and there were a few times where I debated DNFing it, but in the end my curiosity won out and I wanted to see if my guesses were correct.

Okay let’s get the things I didn’t enjoy out of the way first. The story is told in two perspectives over two timelines, and while I enjoyed that aspect and how the stories intertwined, I wasn’t loving how every chapter ended on a cliffhanger. Every time we left one character to go to the other, we left that chapter on a cliffhanger. And while I get that it was meant to keep you coming back, it also got tiring after a while. This is a long book, so the constant use of cliffhangers was draining. Also I felt like the story was a lot of action, which is normally good, but with this story there was never a moment to catch your breath or fully develop the characters. It was just action after action after action, with little time to develop the rest of the story. Also I figured out extremely early on how the two storylines connected, so I did get bored waiting for the book to catch up to what I’d already figured out.  Normally me guessing right doesn’t bother me, but because I wasn’t super loving this one it did impact me a bit here.

Aside from that though there was stuff I enjoyed about this one. I did really like the two perspectives in different timelines. And I really liked both Rielle and Eliana as characters. They are both strong and capable and flawed characters that are unapologetically themselves. They answer to no one and they make mistakes and I love them for that. What I found most interesting though is how my opinion changed over the course of the book. I started out really liking Rielle and not really loving Eliana, but by the end of it I was loving Eliana and not feeling Rielle as much anymore. So I thought that was very interesting. And I did like our side characters in Remy, Navi, Simone, Lu, and Audric. The concept was really cool too with angels and magic, but I wish that had been a tad bit more developed.

Furyborn is a book that had a lot of potential and one I was really excited for, but unfortunately for me it fell short in some ways. The strong female leads though are a shining point in this one and I’m glad I read it for them.

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