Furyborn by Claire LegrandFuryborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn

byClaire Legrand

Paperback | May 22, 2018

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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.
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, with her beloved pets. Visit claire-legrand.com.
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Title:FurybornFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:512 pages, 8.99 × 6.12 × 1.39 inShipping dimensions:8.99 × 6.12 × 1.39 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1492673005

ISBN - 13:9781492673002

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh it was alright. ive definitley read better. some parts were too long and i just had to force myself to read but other parts were great. My favorite character is Simon lol
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm not quite sure SPOILER ALERT: Parts of this book are amaizng and the others average at best. I'm excoted to read the sequel, but I won't be checking my calender every three days to check if its coming out soon. This book should have ended when Eliana discovers her parentage, and the reveal should have been more dramatic. I'm sure 14 year old me would have loved this book, but it belongs in the TEEN section, not young adult. I enjoyed the intergration of the more physical romance scenes, as the mark an important aspect of relationships. I'm not unhappy that I bought this book, I just wish it was more. More character developemnt (the romance stories were mostly obvious and cliche), more plot development, more suspense in Eliana's story.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life 3.5* This one was a slow one for me. I don't think it was entirely the fault of the book. As long as I was reading it I was invested. But as soon as I had to put it down, well it took a bit of coaxing to make myself pick it back up. At the end of the day, I wasn't blown away. The world was interesting. Although it took until the end of the book to really get the gist of the world. Beyond the angels and humans are at war and it's been going on a hell of a long time. I will say that the story is super intricate and I loved how everything started to come together at the end. With enough questions left for the next book. How Rielle and Eliana are connected and Simon and the angels and everything with a 1000 years between timelines is fascinating. Loved that world. Rielle and Eliana are very different yet the same. They're headstrong and make rash decisions that aren't always right. Both will/are queens, it just how are they going to get there. What will stand in their way. I'm definitely eagerly anticipating the follow up now. I really believe I will enjoy the story even more.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best YA Fantasy Books of 2018 I've been seeing this book everywhere and been hearing nothing but praise, so I admit I bought it with a mix of curiosity and social media peer pressure. And I am so glad that I caved. FURYBORN earns every good word thrown its way, and then some. It exceeds the hype and is without question one of the best YA Fantasy novels of the year. It's going down as one of my favourite books of all time. Right from the first page, it's an epic adventure that hardly ever slows and keeps you clamouring for the next chapter. I didn't want to stop reading for any reason. The world is complex and unique, the magic is fearsome, the fights are brutal, and the characters are varied and complicated. I wasn't sure how the two timelines would intersect, but they nonetheless do in a glorious fashion. I honestly can't say which storyline I loved more, but all I can say is that I'm dying for the next book. I have so many questions, so much love for these new characters, and am hyper-eager to reenter this world again and see where these two young women end up. Honestly, believe the hype. This is a book for EVERYONE, no matter what you like to read. You'll never read anything else like it, and once you started, you won't be able to stop.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Epic Fantasy Furyborn is a book that will hook you from the beginning and leave you remembering what it truly means to fall in love with a good book. I am in love with this book! I could not put it down. Every time I went to stop reading this I had to pick it back up in minutes, I devoured the whole 500+ pages in 3 days! I am a huge fan of fantasy so I was automatically intrigued with this book for that factor, however I have not read many fantasies that involved assassins and murder yet I thoroughly enjoyed it! Although this book was over 500 pages it did not feel like it. I never lost interest and by end I could've read 500 more pages and been happy (I need book 2 now!!!). Each chapter was captivating and they were fairly short which kept me reading more. This book was FILLED with action, mystery and romance and I was here for all of it! This story is told from two different points of view. One is of a girl Rielle and the other is of a girl Eliana which takes place 1,000 years after Rielle's story. Each chapter the points of view change. At first I wasn't sure how this would work with the 1,000 year difference but within a few chapters I felt it worked perfectly! Although the world itself looks very similar 1,000 years later, the politics of the world are very different which is the key difference between them. I did find it confusing at times to keep all the different places, people as well as their jobs/duties of the court straight but I think that is partly due to the fact that I read this as an e-arc and wasn't able to flip back and reference past pieces easily. I also believe this is because we're learning about a brand new world, so of course it'll take time to understand. The trials that occur during Rielle's chapters were some of my favourite parts. I couldn't wait to see what Claire Legrand would come up for each one! They were so descriptive that I could see the whole thing playing out in front of me. All of the characters were perfection! I honestly could not pick a favourite between Rielle and Eliana, I looked forward to each of their chapters. Simon constantly made me laugh while Remy just held my heart the whole time...and Auric, he had my heart too. The witty and sarcastic comments from Eliana, Simon and Rielle added to my love for them and to my enjoyment of the book. I am also here for all the strong females! Thank you for having two incredible, strong, powerful and intelligent female characters, their strength is inspiring! I cannot say enough amazing things about this book! I can understand that it may not be for everyone and I do think it is geared towards older YA (16+). I urge everyone to give this a try! It is an all consuming story that you won't be able to put down. It has touched my heart in a way I didn't expect and will hold a place there for a very long time! I am so thankful this book fell into my hands when it did and I will eagerly be awaiting the second one. *I received an arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic YA 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: 2018-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Mess Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc of Furyborn. This novel is the beginning of a new teen fantasy trilogy. It is a dual perspective story told through the eyes of two female characters separated by over a thousand years. Rielle, in 998, is royal adjacent - she was raised alongside the crown prince and his betrothed and kept her powers hidden from most everyone until the prince is under attack. Eliana is in 2018, but not the actual modern day, and is a store-brand version of Celaena Sardothien - she is a "fearsome assassin" with a deep sadness about her kills and believes herself infallible. But! There is a prophecy - the population is expecting two Queens to arise, one of blood and one of sun that will destroy the world by alliance with the angels/save the world by beating the angels back. From other reviews I've read, it seems that everyone can agree that the first chapter is very well done, and piques the reader's curiousity - however, it writes a lot of cheques that the rest of the book can't cash. Rielle's story goes too far back in time from that opening and the reader is forced to trudge through the 7 trials she's given - infuriating, because you can extrapolate what happens from the opening. The trials make no sense as far as testing her mastery of the elements or determining which queen she is. It seems as though the trials are just devised spur of the moment, like the ruling class were surprised that prophecy day came. The prophet needed to take an extra second and create the test to recognize these chosen ones. Eliana ends up on a quest with one of her targets when he bests her. This target was her "one last job" before taking her earnings and getting out of her oppressed country. She is headstrong and can't seem to find 3 seconds to listen to what is actually going on, beyond her narrow understanding of the world. There are obviously other side characters in the story, but the narrative focuses so intensely on the motivations of Rielle and Eliana that the others have the character depth of a drying puddle. Why is (blank) acting that way? Heck if I know, but if I had to guess, for reasons? That is about the level of development we're dealing with. The book alternates one (short!) chapter each between the two characters and most chapters end on a cliffhanger. The action is relentless, but the back and forth structure of the story feels like you're in a a short attention span tornado. The world building is completely absent, likely due to the chapter structure. We know there's magic, but not really how it is used on the day to day; we know there are angels and the humans hate them, but not why; we know the empire is on a relentless conquering spree, but it is a barely touched upon plot point. There is a glut of teen fantasy on the market, and for that reason I am hard pressed to think of a situation where recommending this book would make sense and yield an enjoyable reading experience for the recipient of my recommendation.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Messy World Building, Great Characters I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to get to this book, because the hype surrounding it was insane, and it sounded like it was going to be something that was completely up my alley. I loved the whole concept, and even though I'm not usually a big fan of multiple points of view, I was optimistic that this one was going to be fine, because of the time difference between the two main characters. That was actually the part I was most excited for, because how the hell was that going to come together. And the book itself was fine, when I got to reading it. Not quite to the quality I was hoping, considering the concept and the insane hype, but it was fine. I found that I had to drag myself through some parts, but others were fantastic. I liked one of the points of view significantly more than the other, which was disappointing and a little frustrating. Which left me with an average book when all is said and done. The Good Points of Furyborn: Rielle's story is absolutely fantastic. I loved every single second of reading her point of view and her plot line and everything that happened. It was so fast paced and fascinating and she was a fun character to read about. I actually loved the prologue (which never happens for me) and it left me so excited for the rest of the book. The pacing didn't really keep up from there, but holy macaroni, that prologue was such an amazing way to start a book. It did give away most of the twists in the book, which was unfortunate, but I was so excited to get going because of it. The characters throughout this book are brilliant. They're well developed and have their own unique voices, which was great to see in such a plot heavy fantasy as this. It made for a great balance between characters and plot that we don't often get in fantasy novels. The pacing throughout this book is so good. It's a long book, but the pacing keeps you engaged for the entire thing, and then kicks up into overdrive for the final 25% or so. The Downsides of Furyborn: This book was too long, and the fact that the two points of view are kept completely separate makes it feel like you're actually reading two books instead of one. It was quick paced, but it was still so incredibly long and it was a bit of a struggle to get through when you hit 350 pages or so and aren't even close to done. I found Eliana's story to be less interesting than Rielle's, and I found myself just skimming through until I was able to get back to see what Rielle was doing. I wasn't big on Eliana as a character as much in general, which might play a role. But I'd read more about Rielle, and could not care less about Eliana. Because of the super awesome prologue, this book was stupid predictable. It would have been nice to have been surprised by the plot twists and the revelations, but you could see them coming from the first chapter, if you're able to put basic clues together. The world and the magic system seemed underdeveloped and I spent most of the book confused about how it all worked. I'm still not entirely sure what happened the whole time.  I found out after reading it that there was supposed to be bi rep in this book? I know there was mention of sleeping with women, but that didn't strike me as rep? Maybe that's just me though. All in all, this book was fine, but it's not what I had hoped it was going to be. The plot and world building and magic was on the messy side, and while the characters were great, it wasn't enough to pull it past average. I might consider picking up future books in this series, but only to read Rielle's story. If you like complicated magic, stories that take place across different times, and strong female characters, you should check out Furyborn!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't identify with the main characters Rielle has a huge secret, that with the help of her father, she has tried to keep hidden. When Prince Audric's life is threatened, she'll do anything to save the man she loves, even reveal her secret. A thousand years later, Eliana has her own secret. One that is to her advantage considering she works as an assassin for hire. Eliana only knows of Rielle from the stories/legends her young brother Remy collects. Mostly she dismisses them as one would dismiss fairy tales. When a job goes wrong and she is forced to switch alliances, Eliana finds herself reconsidering the validity of these tales. This story spans a thousand years and is alternately told from Rielle's and Eliana's perspective. Other than their unusual powers, there appears to be little to link the two women. One a queen and the other a paid assassin, what could they have in common other than a love for their country. Unfortunately, this book didn't work for me. I couldn't identify with either young woman. They remained strangers to me. I didn't feel as though I had learned any of the intimate things that a friend or confident would know. I didn't really care about either of them. I struggled to finish the final chapters even though they were exciting and contained dramatic plot developments. Tthe biggest detractor of the book was the inclusion of angels. They are a type of character I don't enjoy and prefer not to read about. If the author had included some other race of being it would have increased my enjoyment. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need More. NOW. 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: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is going to be an EPIC YA fantasy series TWO QUEENS, one blessed and one wicked. TWO POVS, one of the past and one of the present. TWO KINGDOMS, one fallen and the other a pit of hell. TWO SCRUMPTIOUS BOYS, one is a prince and one is a wolf. Are you in? "We live in a world where good kings die and those foolish enough to hope for something better are killed where they stand." Mark my words, y'all: this series will go down in book history as one of the most epic YA fantasy series of all time. LE PLOT: Alrighty, let's start you off with the official synopsis. No, no, I am not being a lazy reviewer you muggles - I am actually doing you a favour. This book isn't meant to be thoroughly researched before diving in--even though that is a very logical thing to do--but you will thank me in the end if you take my advice. Here, I'll even copy and paste the synopsis below for your convenience, cuz I am such a good friend: "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." LE MCs: Rielle Dardenne: A prophesied queen whose heart aches for her forbidden lover. Crown Prince: His happiness comes at a high price. How much is he willing to pay? Corien: A dark, mysterious angel. And guess what? You're going to read this book now. You know how I know this? Cuz imma force you to. Muaha. A thousand years later... Eliana Ferracora: AKA "Dread of Orline". She is a bounty hunter for an evil emperor and she kills rebellious citizens in order to financially support her family, mainly her brother. description The Wolf: A rebel captain that is *Damian's voice from Mean Girls* full of secrets. "Dread," he murmured ... "is only a feeling, easily squashed. But wolves, my dear, bare teeth." Valentine: Cuz every story needs a douche *cough* I mean bad guy. LE ATTENTION: There are a few other important details that I feel I should mention to you all. This is a racially and sexually diverse book -- woohoo! There are scenes of masturbation, sex, killing and the use of profanity. And one more thing, even though this is categorized as YA, I personally feel like this book leans more towards new adult. As far as the writing style, it definitely had lyrical vibes at times. I was also never once confused by the dual POVs or the jumping back and forth from past to present. I think these factors are what made this such an amazing book because you get two stories in one! Reading the first installment to a fantasy series can be a bit daunting: lots of world-building, character introductions - lots of information that we have to absorb and process. However, Legrand did an exceptional job of juggling all of this for us readers. LE THOUGHTS: A part of me hopes that Claire Legrand will George R.R. Martin the crap out of this series because I want more than just three books! Yes, I know what you're thinking, "EEEK, Brittney. Georgieee boy's series has taken over 10 years to complete, that would be painful for us readers." Well, this is true. But I honestly think this series will be even more memorable and more enthralling if she "drags" it out if yah know what I mean. Also, how cool would it be to read this as YA, grow with these characters, then watch it flow into an adult fantasy series. Epic, right? You know I'm right. Overall, this is a book that I will never forget. One that I will take to my grave when the time comes. One that I will tuck into bed and kiss goodnight. It is also one that I will thank the Book Lord for bestowing upon us every day. Thanks a million to the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC. Quotes are subject to change upon publication. Also - this comes out on my birthday, so I am going to treat myself and buy a hard copy of this book.
Date published: 2018-02-28