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Book Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand


Title: Furyborn

Author: Claire Legrand

Published Date: May 22nd, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Goodreads Rate: 4.00

Goodreads Synopsis:

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, 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.


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Hiya bessies!

How are you all?


Hooray! After a very, very long while I have a review again! This is our Book of the Month at Bookstagramers PH. So without further ado, let’s start this review!


This book is about two girls, Rielle and Eliana, they are destined to be something but they are separated by a thousand of years between them. One is said to be a queen to destroy their world and the other to save it. Who is who is what the first book is tackling.


Okay. So first thoughts about this book, it has badass fantasy feels in it. Like two women protagonist –because one girl is just so “mainstream” so it has to be upgraded into two. Lol!


Let’s first talk about the character of Rielle Dardenne.

You see, at first I like her character. She kind of came out to me as this feminine and very lady-like woman with a secret crush to Audric, the prince and her best friend. She’s everything that’s a lady in a court but with a secret rebellious side. She kind of reminds me of Aelin on the rebellious personality but that’s all. And I like her character at first because she is powerful. Like really powerful. And I like that she is like that. However, aside from her being powerful, I do not like most of her attitude; like she’s low-key arrogant and cocky and boastful. And she confuses me sometimes. I certainly didn’t like her at the end of the book.


Now let’s talk about Eliana, The Dread of Orline.

First impression about Eliana is I like that she’s an assassin. And because of that, being called The Dread of Orline, I got high expectations about her character. However, I was kind of disappointed around the middle of the book. Her emotions sometimes confuse me. She’s very mad but keeps her face poker. And she always points that out in every dang emotion she feels. Like she feels this but she’s showing that as her facial expression. Bes, it’s really confusing and at the same time a little annoying. The times that I really like Eliana’s character is when she’s talking with Simon. And I like her even more around the end of the book, when she just kind of revealed who she is. Even though she is still denying who she really is but the truth will stay. No matter what she says, her real self will remain. I just hope she learns to embrace it instead of deny it.


Let’s now talk about Audric, the Prince of Celdaria.

Honestly speaking, I had a small crush towards Audric. However, it kind of felt like a mandatory crush, like I should be crushing him because he’s the first male lead that was introduced. But then when I read his character more, I found out that I don’t feel him. Like he’s character turns out to be ‘meh’ to me. xP


I honestly felt Ludivine’s character more than Audric but I don’t wanna talk about Ludivine. 😛


Lastly, for the characters, let’s talk about Simon, the Wolf.

Bes, his character confuses me more than Rielle’s and Eliana’s. I don’t know. One minute he’s like super duper mean to Eliana and the next he protects her with all his life. Honestly, I also didn’t quite felt Simon’s character until around the end of the book. But I seriously ship him and Eliana. Like go sail already!


The story of the book is enjoyable. It has a lot of actions and power displays to it. It was entertaining for me. However, knowing that it’s a trilogy, Furyborn is the first book of the Empirium Trilogy, my mind kind of like automatically thinks that it’s not gonna end yet. For me, the first book was just where the pieces of the puzzle are being laid out but not yet arranged. I think that’s the disadvantage of knowing that you’re reading a series instead of finding it out. I wasn’t expecting too much from the first book because of it. I wasn’t even surprised on the plot twist. There wasn’t much secrecy about the plot twist. It’s like; it was handed to the reader in plain sight. I knew who is who and why who is there and how. The only thing that surprised me though was Ludivine. And that’s it. There was no “Oh my gosh why didn’t I see these revelations from a mile away?” moments because I see those revelations from a mile away. That’s why I’m more excited on the next books. I hope there will be more of those moments in the next books.


Despite having a third person POV as the narration, I still kind of enjoyed the way the book was narrated. The chapters were divided for Rielle and Eliana and they are alternating, which makes me feel eager to read more. Like when I read a Rielle chapter and it has a cliffhanger ending I would be so eager to read the next chapter so that I could continue reading the Rielle chapter. And what’s worse is that most of the chapters have cliffhanger endings. So you would really find yourself reading and reading even if you actually want to stop to take a break. This kind of feeling is rare for me whenever I read a third POV narration. And that is one amazing thing I like to commend. And at the beginning of the book I like Rielle’s chapters. I’m like Team Rielle. But then when I reach around the end of the book, I leaned more on Eliana’s chapter. And after reading the book, I change sides and joined Team Eliana! Haha!


To wrap this up, I’ve got mixed feelings towards this book. Most of them are good, no worries. There are times that I’m confused but I enjoyed reading it most of the time. I would recommend this to you bessies! If you’re the kind of reader who loves high fantasy with powerful, literally, ladies as protagonist, Furyborn is perfect for you.










Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

1074989Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for middle grade readers, WINTERSPELL, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, and SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, a middle grade story about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling. SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS is a 2017 Edgar Award nominee and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016. Her latest novel, FOXHEART, is a fast-paced fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is also one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.

Coming up for Claire is FURYBORN, the first book in the Empirium trilogy, due out May 22, 2018, followed by SAWKILL GIRLS in fall 2018, and THORNLIGHT, a companion novel to FOXHEART, coming in winter 2019.

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Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Are you Team Rielle or Team Eliana? Let’s talk in the comments!


Thanks for reading up to here bessies! Love you all!



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