Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy, #1)

by Claire Legrand

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 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.

Reviewed by tweetybugshouse on

4 of 5 stars

I had the honor of reading and reviewing an early review copy via sourcebooks netgalley copy.  This is a unique story of two girls who have grown up with the whispers of a prophecy of a queen will that will rise with the power to save or destroy the world.  The complexity in this story comes from the fact that the girls stories are told in tandem but they are thousand years apart.  It was a unique way to tell the story.  My main issue that i found as this is marketed as a teen story and i did feel the level of sexual intensity might be pushing it a bit for a teen novel.  Not that it took much away from the story but i was not expecting the amount of description that i did read.  The author does a fantastic job with the world building of this story and i am eager to read the following books. 

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