Furyborn by Claire LegrandFuryborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn

byClaire Legrand

Hardcover | May 22, 2018

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An Instant New York Times Bestseller!One of the biggest new YA Fantasies." -Entertainment Weekly "Empowering." -BuzzFeed 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, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed? unless the trials kill her first.One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable-until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart 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.Additional Praise for Furyborn: A BuzzFeed Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018 A Goodreads Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018A Bustle Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018"A must-read." -Refinery29 "A series to watch." -Paste Magazine "Visionary." -Bustle"
Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, and Winterspell. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit claire-legrand.com.
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Title:FurybornFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.6 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492656623

ISBN - 13:9781492656623

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from gimme the sequel! Colour me VERY curious about the sequels. Who is the other Queen? How did they figure out who was Light and who was Blood? I like how and how often the prophecy was used in this.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review So this book unexpectedly involved angels and I didn’t hate it!?! Like this was one of my 4 beginning of the year pre-orders, but turns out I knew nothing about it. Thinking back on it now, I’m not even really sure why I pre-ordered it. Turns out Furyborn is the highest rated of my most anticipated reads of the year so far, so at least it worked out. Furyborn is a very character-driven story. If you hate Eliana and Rielle, you are probably not going to like this one, and they’re hard characters to like. It took me about 100 pages to like Rielle, and it took me until about 50 pages to the end to care about Eliana. They’re both super brash and reactionary, but I understood Rielle’s motivations a lot more than I understood Eliana’s. While Rielle wanted to protect those she loved and be loved, Eliana’s motivations felt hollow. Like she actually puts the people she cares for in danger to pursue the more dangerous and worse option for absolutely no reason. I also liked the characters around Rielle far more interesting than I liked those around Eliana. Ludvine was the one person who felt a little off to me in Rielle’s time, but that’s actually explained. In Eliana’s time I liked the princess (whose name escapes me, but starts with an N), and I liked her and Eliana’s friendship, but I thought Remy was super annoying, and I didn’t care about Simon. I thought the fact that the chapters just went back and forth between Eliana and Rielle was a bit annoying. In most two POV books there will be multiple chapters in a row from the same POV, but with this one it just alternated throughout the whole book, and I don’t think it worked. There were moments where there definitely should have been two Rielle chapters in a row, and there were moments were there should have been two Eliana chapters in a row. I would like to thank this book for showing me what a non-Sarah J. Maas sex scene looks like. Don’t get me wrong, the scene went on for far too long (younger readers be warned), but it didn’t make me nearly as uncomfortable, so there’s that. I think the world-building was pretty solid. The 7 elements and the fact that regular people needed objects to channel their powers made sense and was well explained. The only thing I found to be poorly explained was why people kept calling Eliana the furyborn. What does that even mean? Does it give her special powers? Does it have to do with her mother specifically? Is there another prophecy involving the furyborn specifically on top the existing prophecy about the two queens? They called Eliana the furyborn like 3 time right near the end, and it’s the title of the book, so it has to mean something, but the term is never explained. I have other questions that I’m omitting because of spoilers, but for once my questions are convincing me to read book two instead of being the cause of more criticism. Overall, I enjoyed Furyborn, but it wasn’t perfect. It has therefore earned 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing New Fantasy! Furyborn is hands-down one of my top favourites of this year! This series is one that everyone should read because it has action, romance, great world building and addicting characters. I can see why this was on my TBR lists because it was an amazing read. The story just blew me away because I was immediately hooked after the first chapter. Just couldn't put it down! If you are looking for a really great fantasy this is the book you need to pick up today. While the first part of the story was slow, I felt it was necessary because we got more of a background of what happened before with Rielle. I really loved both Rielle and Eliana as they were both strong female leads. Though they are centuries apart they must work together to defeat the Undying Kingdom. All the secondary characters, Remy, Simon, Ludivine, Audric and I'm excited to see what is going to happen in the next book. While Eliana's story doesn't involve a romance you can see some more near the end. Which I totally approve of 100%. With Rielle you can feel the tension between them from the start and I was totally rooting for him despite what I know will happen. Claire Legrand did an amazing creating this world and characters that you can picture everything in your mind. All the action scenes were intense and had me on the edge of my seat! I've been in a fantasy mood lately so Furyborn was the perfect read for it. It's one of my favourite 2018 reads. Now to wish for the next book because I need to know what is going to happen next!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from full of badass women Very unique elemental magic fantasy. It's so cool because it is told through 2 POVs that are 1000yrs apart!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars, so pretty good! 3.5 stars. I liked this book. I did. But the reason it's missing 1.5 stars from me is because, well... This book is written from two perspectives, each 1000 years apart. That part was interesting (not to mention the absolutely enticing prologue). But what I didn't like was how it would jump from one perspective to another EVERY OTHER CHAPTER. I would be completely enthralled by one timeline's chapter, only for it to abruptly stop (almost always) on a cliffhanger, and jump 1000 years into a different narrative. Thankfully, the two characters are just different enough so you won't be confused whose turn it is in the spotlight, although, at one point, I did get confused, but that's probably because I was sleep deprived. So that's the reason it's missing half a star. But what about the other whole star? I couldn't stand Eliana. At first, she was alright, and I completely understood her actions. Surprisingly, I was not repelled by her always putting herself and her family first, and having everyone else burn and suffer. In her place and situation, I would have done the same. BUT she is a HYPOCRITE. She complains when one nation doesn't help her own nation when the evil emperor came and took over. But isn't that because they were doing exactly what she was doing? Looking out for their own people first. And just overall, I found her narrative somewhat dull compared to Rielle's. Oh, and the ending is (in my own opinion) somewhat... weak? Rushed? Loose ended? It's not quite a cliffhanger, but it does leave some threads hanging. So... 3.5 stars. But I do recommend reading it. There aren't too many twists that are surprising, I pretty much saw them from a good distance away, but some of the characters are definitely worth the read. The angels for one. They're not like regular angels :) Give this book a try.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Epic New Fantasy! *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* When I first heard about Furyborn, I was insanely excited because it sounded like the perfect fantasy. Then when there was all this hype surrounding it I got super nervous because usually when a book gets that type of attention it can often be a letdown. But, in this case, Claire Legrand definitely did not disappoint! This is a powerful new fantasy that spans across time and deals with the intersecting fates of two girls and a terrifying prophecy about two Queens. The story is told from a dual POV switching back and forth between Rielle and Eliana. I will say that at first, I was slightly disoriented reading it because there was so much information and it’s basically like reading two books at the same time. Every chapter switches to the other POV and every chapter kind of became a cliffhanger, which is what drove me forward to read the book. It’s definitely a dense fantasy with so many rich characters and beautiful worldbuilding. I loved trying to put the pieces together because the plot is a puzzle and you kind of have to guess how everything fits together. My mind was working overtime and I had so many theories running through my mind and the questions were endless. I have to say that I did not expect there to be angels in this book, which I found to be super interesting because they were posed as the enemy. It was a fun twist on them because Legrand made them vulnerable in regards to these prophesied Queens. I also really loved that this story kind of dealt with religion a bit and the mythology tied in with it was definitely interesting. Basically, humans have the ability to control one of seven elements. The Blood Queen and the Sun Queen are said to be able to control all seven, and one is said to destroy the world, while the other will be its saviour. It was interesting that the plot stretches across a thousand years and it was really well done in that respect. My favourite story was definitely Eliana’s though because her character was so morally grey and it was hard to predict what she was going to do next and where her story was going to end up. Eliana is known as the Dread of Orline and trades the lives of traitors and rebels to help her family survive. She brings traitors and rebels to be executed and she is brought an impossible job. When her mother goes missing, she finds herself betraying everything she knows and joining the rebellion alongside the mysterious Wolf. I really loved Eliana’s story because it felt so high stakes and fast-paced. She fought for what she believed in and did everything for her mother and brother. I think the reason I didn’t love Rielle’s story as much is because there was this total slow-burn romance going on, which kind of distracted from the action part of it. I guess I wish there was more time spent going through the seven trials that she has to go through instead. Her character also didn’t go through as much growth as I would have liked to see. She allowed her emotions to control her a lot, especially where Audric was concerned. Another character I really loved was Simon. He was just so mysterious and such a tortured soul. I’m curious to know more about how he got involved with the Red Crown in the next book. I also need to know more about Corien because he was such an interesting villain! Not sure if I hate him or love him yet because well, he is kind of trying to take over the world. This was an all around epic new fantasy filled with angels, magic, romance, rebellion, and fierce female characters. I can’t wait to see how everything plays out in the next book because I’m definitely hungry for more.
Date published: 2018-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Furyborn is an interesting introduction to a fantasy world packed with action and intrigue Furyborn is a young adult fantasy novel that follows two women a 1000 years apart. I’m not a fan of young adult fantasy, however this premise peaked my interest. I find that young adult fantasy novels aren’t as well developed as their adult fantasy counterparts. Yet, Furyborn stands out as one of the better young adult fantasy novels on the market for multiple reasons, however it does still fall prey to the common young adult fantasy issues. What makes Furyborn stand out is the complex plot and subtle sexual tension that runs underneath the surface of the entire novel. Furyborn is almost two separate novels in one. As the reader progresses through the story, small hints and references are made that connect both timelines. Furyborn is complex in its storytelling by weaving two very different stories into one connected narrative in ways the reader will not see coming. The subtle sexual tension running through the novel is fantastic. It’s much more mature than what is portrayed in most young adult novels without being overly graphic or crude. The biggest issue I had with Furyborn was the magic system. The magic system is based in elemental magic. This may seem like a straightforward magic system since it’s almost self-explanatory, however Legrand takes little to now time to explain the intricacies of how the magic works or how to use it. A large part of one of the story lines is the magical trials that test the main character’s abilities. These trials demonstrated to the reader how competent the main character is, however failed to showcase how the power is used or its limitations. Furyborn focuses on Rielle and Eliana. Rielle is exposed as being able to control each force of elemental magic, so she’s required to endure magical trials to prove her allegiance to the country. Eliana is a bounty hunter working for the Undying Empire after it conquered her kingdom. After her mother vanishes, she’s thrust into a new life and discovers the true horrors of the world around her. Without giving away too much information about the plot, all I’ll say is that a lot of the world building and bigger picture story telling happens with Rielle’s story line and I found it fascinating. I enjoyed a lot about the happenings around Rielle, but didn’t much enjoy Rielle as a character. I found her to be annoying and naïve despite her upbringing. The best part of Rielle’s story has to do with Legrand’s choice in revealing Rielle’s future in the prologue. The reader then gets to experience what led her to make the choices she made and their eventual consequences. Eliana is described as a ruthless killer doing what needs to be done for the empire to survive. Her existence revolves around survival. However, she has a weakness when it comes to her family, her mother and brother. Unfortunately, her relationships with them are underdeveloped despite them being a catalyst for her plot. Overall, Furyborn is an interesting introduction to a fantasy world packed with action and intrigue. I loved that it was more mature than most young adult fantasy novels and I’m excited to see where the story goes. If you’re a fan of adult fantasy, then Furyborn may not be for you. You may find it underdeveloped.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, Exciting Fantasy I have long been waiting for an epic YA Fantasy in the vein of Robin Hobb or Brandon Sanderson, and with Claire Legrand's Furyborn, I have finally found it. The epic saga of two queens living a thousand years apart who possess terrible, glorious elemental powers, Furyborn is a bloody, angry masterwork. I especially empathized with Rielle, who has been taught to suppress her elemental powers yet sets down a dark path when they are finally discovered. I initially had more trouble connecting with Eliana, but once her half of the story took off and I realized her true identity I was equally captivated. Also I would die for Remy, Eliana's sweet and bookish little brother. Once the two stories began to parallel each other and the action ramped up, I absolutely could not put it down, and I read the final hundred pages within an hour. In addition, the antagonist, Corien, is absolutely chilling. His relationship with Rielle oddly reminded me of Darth Plageis and Anakin Skywalker. Too often in fantasy and YA, female protagonists are expected to be charming, modest and likeable, to be deserving of the status of chosen one, but here, two 'unlikable', messy, realistic young women struggle with the incredible burden of being the foretold saviour figure in a world that maybe doesn't deserve saving. Digital ARC provided by NetGalley
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning, heart-pounding fantasy This book has absolutely earned its hype, the "most anticipated" title that it's being marketed with it is also well-deserved. It's a rare thing to find a single fantasy story that is original, exciting and full of powerful, intriguing characters, let alone two within one book. Rielle and Eliana's stories are connected, yes, but it's not in an in-your-face obvious way, which serves Furyborn very well. But for a few overlapping elements, they each read as fantastic, nearly standalone stories in their own right, and the way author Claire Legrand deftly weaves them together adds tremendously to the depth and magnitude of the plot. It's so interesting to see both sides of the coin in one story - Rielle's story provides the lead-up to an earthshaking event (which we get tantalizing hints of in the prologue), and Eliana's story is set in the devastatingly brutal Empire left in the aftermath of Rielle's time. In books with multiple POVs, I personally find it nearly impossible to not have a clear favorite, but in Furyborn, both Rielle and Eliana are strong, compelling, and fascinating in their own ways. I truly did not have a favorite, and was only tempted once to skip a chapter and get a peek ahead, and skimming can be a huge problem for me in other books. Fabulous writing, action, character development, worldbuilding, magic...everything. Fabulous everything.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: I received this E-Arc via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My ‘Wish’ was granted. DNF I was highly anticipating this book! A friend of mine had given it a positive review and it sounded so good! Unfortunately it wasn’t good. The prologue was fantastic! There was murder and general excitement. While yes pretty much everything was spoiled I didn’t mind it. It gave me a reason to continue. It went downhill from there. Both women annoyed me. I felt that the point of view shifts weren’t really done that well. It came to a point where I was just skimming to see what would happen next. That only lasted so lasted for awhile, then I just lost interest. Eliana read just like Aelin from Throne of Glass. I only liked Remy, Eliana’s mother, and Harkan. While Rielle was more bearable to read about, she also became boring. Overall this was an utter disappointment. I do not recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will not regret reading this! <b>I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Raincoasts Books in exchange for an honest review</b> <b>Review: 4.5 stars </b> The beginning of 2018 hasn't been too good for me - I've picked up so many books only to put them aside after only a couple of pages. I was having a hard time finding something I would enjoy, and boy was I happy to have been given the opportunity to read this one ahead of time. It cured me of my reading slump which says quite a lot about the book already. <i>Furyborn</i> is the story of two young women, centuries apart who are prophesied to fight the same battle and either save their world, or be the cause of its destruction. I bet you're thinking <i>"prophecies, chosen ones, wars, been there, done that"</i> but believe me, you haven't, or not like this at least. It's presented in a very unique manner that gives the novel the extra edge it needs to stand out. <i><b>“Fleet-footed fire, blaze not with fury or abandon. Burn steady and true, burn clean and burn bright.”</b></i> The book opens with a very strong, powerful and heartbreaking prologue - it pulls you right into the story, leaving you with a million questions about everything. I thought it was one of the best opening sequence I read in a while. Due to its impactful nature, there are certain things that become, I won't say predictable but known, and we are left wondering the <i>hows</i> and <i>whys</i>, and that keeps us on edge the entire time. It's really rare to see a book that seals the characters' fate right at the beginning and despite us knowing who is who, the beauty of this book lies in the suspense of wanting to find out about the events that lead the characters to that inevitable prologue, and how it all connects together. I think it's a difficult thing to achieve but Claire Legrand has managed it quite nicely. <i><b>“Eliana jumped off the roof, landed lightly, rolled to her feet. Thought, briefly, how it was a terrible shame that she couldn’t sit back and watch herself fight. Surely it looked as good as it felt.</b></i> We then follow the characters of Rielle in a timeline set before the fateful prologue, and Eliana set in a timeline afterwards. I really liked both female protagonists; they were strong, stubborn, rash, loyal and brave but there was this obvious vulnerability to them that added an extra layer to their personalities, setting them apart from many typical YA female characters. It was quite refreshing to be able to empathize with the characters rather than wanting to smack them when they made bad decisions. The plot itself is very interesting; you have politics and faith, magic and chaos, rage and grief, kingdoms and trials, and all of if is wrapped up in a fast paced story that keeps you reading past your bedtime. The world building is presented throughout the novel and also with little snippets at the beginning of each chapters (I actually really enjoyed those). I'm also very grateful that despite us following two separate arcs, the narrative is done in the third person - an alternating first person narration would have broken my heart and ruined the book. <i><b>“When Audric was a boy, I could dismiss his fondness for Armand Dardenne’s daughter as harmless. But now… I see the way he watches her when he thinks no one is looking."</i></b> There actually wasn't too much romance in the book, which I thought really worked well with the storyline. However, whatever amount there was, some I liked while others, not so much. In some instance, it came across beautifully with such subtle longing it made you want more, but other times, that feeling it evoked was gone, disrupting the flow of it all. Also, I might be a bit nit picky when I say this, but one of the characters often ended up blushing in a many circumstances- it felt just a tad bit repetitive. This is the element where the book lost that half point for me. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. It had all the elements a good fantasy novel needs, while still having the uniqueness it needed to stand out. I can't wait for it to come out and be able to talk about it with everyone. I am very excited for the next book and await its release, quite eagerly and impatiently might I add. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO. DAmn. Good. 5 out of 5? Try 10 out of 5. This. Was. So. Damn. Good. I'd heard a lot about this book, and when I was granted a wish by the publisher I was over the moon! This book did not disappoint at all, and any faults it does have are forgiven so very quickly. As far as fantasy goes, this one is lush, epic, ingenious and utterly gorgeous. Featuring two strong and kick-ass women as heroines, with a dash of time travel and a whole lot of magic, Legrand has created a story that delivers in romance, action, mystery and sheer fantasy. Even the element of angels was a neat twist. I couldn't tell which MC I loved most, but Legrand is a master-class at suspense and kept me reading through each chapter with a near desperation to find out what happened to either girl. Likewise, the way just enough is revealed in the beginning leaves me with such high levels of curiosity and a burning need to read more of this series! And a round of applause for the secondary characters being just as wonderful. Usually there's just that one that you can't stand, and that was never the case here. The world-building is spot on too. Some fantasies I've noticed pile so much on at once with little grace or explanation that you find yourself lost throughout the book. Not the case here. The world, the history, the magic, the religions---all of it was easy to understand and stow away in my head. I have to admit that the book's big plot twist I figured out pretty quickly myself, but it's not in a way that's predictable or ruins the story. If anything, it heightens the magic of the book. As for the minor twists, I was in love. (In case you haven't figured it out yet, this book could literally do no wrong for me.) As I mentioned, there are a few negatives to it, but the book as a whole is so good that I got over them pretty quick. One was the pace slowed down a bit too much at around the 75% mark, but the ending made up for it. Two, there is a sex scene that is just awko-taco. And I don't mean awkward in a this-is-their-first-time-let's-figure-it-out-together way, but in the way it was written. I found it be a strangely written section with peculiar word choice and description. Nevertheless, this is a solid start to what I know is going to be a fantastic series. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy, and I definitely can't wait to read more. Thanks SOURCEBOOKS Fire!
Date published: 2017-12-27