Furyborn by Claire LegrandFuryborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn

byClaire Legrand

Hardcover | May 22, 2018

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Epic feminist fantasy."-Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author "Truly not to be missed? "-Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling authorThe 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 pairof 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."
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 × 0.98 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492656623

ISBN - 13:9781492656623

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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