Author: Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium Trilogy
Date Started: October 17
Date Finished: October 18
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
Oh, oh, oh. It has been a long time since a debut novel has struck me this hard. I think the last time this happened was when I read A Court of Thorns and Roses three years ago. And what do I mean by “struck me” you might ask? Well, most of the time when I’m reading at work I’ll get easily distracted by the internet or something else, and it will take me a bit to get back into the book that I’m reading. Furyborn was not that book. Instead I was hooked from the second set of chapters – which is odd since I really don’t like dual POV and time jumps – and I literally had to tell myself to stop reading yesterday or else I would have been at work far longer than my schedule dictated. Yes, this book is that good.
This book deals with two women – Rielle and Eliana – only their stories are told over 1,000 years apart. Rielle is best friends with the crown prince and his betrothed, but she secretly harbors the fact that she has powers over the elements. Unfortunately, for her the secret comes out as she tries to save the crown prince – Audric – from a band of assassins. Now, under suspicion, she must prove herself to the king and his council that she is the prophesized Sun Queen who will stop the angels when the Gate finally falls. Only problem is that there is an angel in her head and he is making her life very difficult.
Eliana is an assassin who is about to be picked for the Emperor’s elite forces. She just has one job to do. Track down the rebel Wolf and turn him in. Except the Wolf has already found her and strikes a bargain with her. He’ll help her find her mother – who, like a lot of other girls has been mysteriously taken in the middle of the night – if she helps him rescue a prisoner from the palace. Along the way though, she learns a startlingly revelation about the secret that she’s been keeping.
Like I said, this book had me hooked. The whole Angels being locked behind a Gate to stop them from overcoming the humans reminded me of something from the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. The fact that our heroines were so bad ass was another awesome plot device. And I especially loved the plot – the prologue in particular really drew me into this story. How is it possible that Eliana can exist one thousand years in the future? Unfortunately, we don’t really get an answer to that question in this book (along with a lot of other questions) but I’m really looking forward to the next book.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I’m hooked. The characters really jumped off the page. The world was so well developed for a first novel. And I especially loved the slow burn between Rielle and Audric, and Simon and Eliana. Also the character of Corien intrigues me. I’m very curious to see how everything from the prologue comes to be…
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