Furyborn by Claire Legrand

furybornTitle: Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy Book 1)

Author: Claire Legrand

Genre: Young adult, fantasy

Pages: 501

Format: Hardback

Other: Amazon, GoodReads

Grade: F ( 1/5)

Description (from cover): 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. 

Quick Review

  • Manipulative protagonists with few redeeming qualities who felt like cartoons
  • Predictable plot with twists that were totally supposed to be OMG NO WAY moments but instead were given away in the first few chapters
  • Scenes that were intended to be awesome but were really just cheesy

Detailed Review

I picked this book up because the premise was interesting: two women in different centuries connected by great power. There’s Rielle; she can control all seven forms of elemental magic, a dangerous secret that she exposes in an effort to save her friend, the crown prince. She then must prove that she is the Sun Queen (and not the dreaded Blood Queen) by surviving seven trials. A thousand years later, Eliana (or rather, the Dread of Orline) joins the group of rebels she once hunted in order to save her missing mother.

I expected this book to have a little mystery to it. How are Eliana and Rielle connected? Who is the Sun Queen and the Blood Queen? What will happen to them? How does ****** die (not a spoiler–this is revealed in the profile)? 

Well, those questions are answered in the prologue. I mean, not necessarily directly, but it’s pretty easy to figure out. Here’s the thing. I hate knowing how a character is going to turn out. I mean sure, it’s not usually what it seems, but still. Knowing the fate of a character at the beginning of a book is a BIG turn off for me, and it gives me little reason to keep reading. 

Furthermore, the author seems to love foreshadowing. However, she’s a little too obvious with it. Seriously, I had the major twists and turns figured out by the end of the prologue, and I’m pretty sure I know exactly where the series will go with the rest of the books. Yep…boring. There’s absolutely no motivation for me to continue with the series, other than to see if I’m right (which I’m 99.9% sure that I am). 

But I can sometimes forgive a predictable plot for likable characters. The problem is I didn’t like the main characters. They’re superficial and they’re also very manipulative. I had a hard time seeing past their faults because everything else about them seemed so fake and purposefully conflicting. I did not care what happened to either one of them.

And finally, it was cheesy. The scene where Eliana met the Wolf for the first time? Ugh. It was the why-I-oughta-level of cheese. Disgusting, just like the romance (and the vomit-inducing sex scenes). 

I guess I should mention a positive: the idea was cool. But I absolutely hated the execution.

2 thoughts on “Furyborn by Claire Legrand

  1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious says:

    I am sorry that this book fell so flat for you. While it was by far not the most well executed fantasy novel I have read, I found enough redeeming qualities to want to read the next book when it comes out. BUT I like reverse-narrative and enjoy watching the path a character takes to get to the ending seen. I DEFINITELY agree with you that the foreshadowing was heavy handed though and excessive. Great review, and I hope your next read is better!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Megan says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I mean I understand why someone would enjoy it. It also somehow managed to hit on my big pet peeves in YA/Fantasy (granted, I have a lot). I’ve read reverse narratives that I liked( The Name of the Wind was great), but I just didn’t think this one was handled very well.


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