Kingsbane by Claire LegrandKingsbane by Claire Legrand

Kingsbane

byClaire Legrand

Hardcover | May 21, 2019

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In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength-and their hearts.
Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien-but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption-fear of becoming another Rielle-keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how towear a crown she never wanted-by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.

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, Winterspell, and The Empirium Trilogy. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit claire-legrand.com.
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Title:KingsbaneFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.89 inPublished:May 21, 2019Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492656658

ISBN - 13:9781492656654

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ending Broke Me HO. LY. SH*T. I have so many emotions, so many questions, so much chaos in my head right now thanks to this book. I knew full well it would be a roller coaster and end on an epic cliffhanger, as all second books in trilogies do. But I was not prepared for THIS. Let me preface that this is a heavy read. Not just in that the book itself is physically heavy, but it it is emotionally heavy and will leave you worn out. It deals with some rough subjects and while they were handled with care, some moments made me deeply uncomfortable, though they added to the story itself. And what a story it was. Packed with the action and passion I expected, and so filled with twists and turns I thought my brain was going to get whiplash (it probably does have emotional whiplash because I haven't fully processed the ending and refuse to accept certain aspects). It is actually killing me not to discuss the ending in the review, because let's just say the game has changed. The action scenes were intense, explosive, and filled with artistic flourish. The romance and relationships between various characters were among the highlights for me. This definitely caused problems for Rielle, since I swear she had four romances going on at one point. While her story was definitely the most emotional and romantic of the two, I was more hooked on Eliana's story. It progressed amazingly, and the way it ended will leave me haunted for a while. I am seriously not prepared for the finale. FURYBORN swept me off my feet, but KINGSBANE has left me breathless. It's dark, unforgiving, heart-wrenching, and scandalously steamy (seriously, there is so much sex in this book), and I wouldn't have it any other way. Absolutely one of my favourite books of 2019 and a must read for all YA Fantasy and adult fantasy.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demands a lot from the reader but is equally rewarding. Kingsbane is an intricate, complex story set in a detailed world. It demands a lot from the reader but is equally rewarding. It is emotionally involving and often devastating. There is some ambiguity and uncertainty with both the “good” guys and the “bad” guys being capable of great brutality and deception. Even at the end of this second book I’m not completely sure that I know which side is good and which is evil. From the very first chapter of book one in this series, Furyborn, we know that Rielle is going to turn evil and destroy the world. Seeing her as a fairly innocent teen it was hard to imagine how this was possible. Through the first book we began to see glimmers of the mad queen but this comes to a head in Kingsbane. Piece by piece we witness her descent into evil and madness and by the time she throws in completely with the angels it makes perfect sense for her character. Her arrogance and megalomania grow in line with her power and by the time she goes full on mad queen it is no surprise. I even felt a little bit sad for her as everyone she cares about turns their back on her due to her inability to control her great power and anger which leads her to horrific behaviour. Her eventual “snapping” is completely understandable. Awful and disappointing but understandable. Similar to in Furyborn the perspective shifts with each chapter, mostly between Rielle and Eliana, who are separated by 1000 years. While I didn’t find this confusing at all in book one I was ill while reading much of Kingsbane and I found it difficult to follow and keep the two story lines straight, especially after they begin to cross over . Once I was recovered it was not a problem. This was a case of “it’s me not you” and I don’t think that this is an issue with the book itself but be aware that this is two complex stories in one and you need to be on your mental game. The end of Kingsbane is a serious cliff-hanger for both story lines. Eliana’s story had a particularly cruel end and it will be excruciating to wait for the next book. I think I know what happened to cause this huge, terrible ending and I don’t know if it can be redeemed or reversed but I’m sure hoping it can! This whole time travel aspect has blown my mind and apparently the “butterfly effect” is seriously powerful. I’m hoping it can be harnessed for good in the next book. It’s going to be a long, painful wait! Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2019-05-24