Furyborn (Empirium, #1)by Claire Legrand Published 22 May 2018
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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.
"Furyborn (Empirium, #1)" Reviews
Well. Here’s to a new season of FANTASY 👏🏻
To say I went into this book with reservations and Z E R O expectations is an understatement because this book is h e l l a f u c k i n g HYPED.
H Y P E D i tell you.
but, bUT, BUT....it. was. really. fucking. GOOD.
I was honestly not expecting the amount of great good epicness that was this book.
Aside from the riveting and hyping reviews, there were also the polarizing and scathing reviews, but most of them consisted mainly of points that either stated the book was too long and boring, or trashing the world building and characters.
Well golly gee, I didn't what to think going into this book pre-review. I was prepared to drop it like old takeout into the trash....however,....said takeout was actually fucking delicious and fresh af.
I honestly can say that there are only two times in my life where reading fantasy has taken a firm and gripping hold on me, a new and refreshing take the genre itself; a new outlook, something I know and will grow to love.
The Lord of the Rings books
The Throne of Glass books
Say what you will about TOG series but I read the first three books before I knew anything about booktube and overhype and toil and trouble and I actually really enjoyed this series (it has gone rather downhill but i am faaaaar too invested into giving up now).
And now, enter Furyborn.
And I can see, in the near future, a HUGE potential for this series to become an added fav to the collection. Key word p o t e n t i a l.
I for one, agree with all the 5 star reviews because they say pretty much the same thing.
and so and so forth.
This was an extremely solid start to a new fantasy era for me because I've been wobbling on this spectrum for quite a bit, not really caring or investing into most of the other fantasy books I've read since after LOTR and TOG. (OFC, there are other great fantasy books as well but I count these in line with the TOGs season).
Only thing I docked off a star for would be the repetitive story telling of the two main characters-- the alternating chapters back and forth, although, each chapter was relatively short and managed to hold my attention long enough to want to know what would happen to each character.
Also, I didn't really care for Rielle's story. I didn't really care for her and Audric's romance or life. Geez all they wanted to do really was have sex and the 'heat' between them was bothersome for me and some cringe but it's fine; they're literally hormonal teenagers caught in the crossfires of war of kingdoms and magic. lol.
But as for Eliana's story.....HELL YEAH GIVE ME MOOOOOOORRREEEEEE.
4 FURYBORN STARS
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The one question that kept spinning around in my mind as I read Furyborn is “why should I care?” I didn’t like the characters, the story almost put me to sleep, the stakes were never high enough to get my blood pumping, and the sex scenes made me laugh (not in a good way). I dislike giving one star but there was literally nothing I enjoyed about this book.
It's just too long, poorly-paced and oh so very boring. I feel like the author tried to channel Throne of Glass, which is also too long, poorly-paced and occasionally boring, but it still manages to somehow keep me interested. I need to break my notes down into points to try to make sense of them.
➽ Two perspectives. 1,000 years apart.
I'm not sure if I found it jarring and confusing because the book jumped quickly from one perspective to the next, not allowing me enough time to connect with either Rielle or Eliana, or if I found it jarring and confusing because these two different perspectives were 1,000 years apart, though the voices remained virtually identical and very little had seemed to change in that millennium.
If you compare it to our world, 1,000 years ago our world looked a little something like Game of Thrones but with disappointingly fewer dragons - how could so little have changed in that time frame in the novel? I sometimes couldn't even remember whose chapter I was on.
➽ A little less action, a little more conversation. Please.
Okay, that's decidedly less catchy. But I feel like this is a book of mindless action scene after mindless action scene. It lacked all the other things that give a story some substance-- complex characterization and relationships, world-building, compelling plot. It is 500+ pages of almost constant action and it draaaagggs. If I don't care about the characters or story, I'm just not going to care about the action.
➽ Bland characters.
You know what’s worse than a Mary Sue heroine? TWO Mary Sue heroines. Rielle is deliberately made to sound oh so baaaddd and uber-powerful but I just found her uninteresting. I think the author wanted her to be some kind of complex anti-heroine but instead she just rubbed me the wrong way with her all-powerful super specialness.
Eliana is pretty much the same. Super special cardboard cutout badass who is known as "the Dread of Orline.”
➽ What is the plot exactly?
I found it confusing to follow at times. I know what happened, but I really struggled to get a sense of what I should be concerned about, want to know, or root for, as I read. Rielle's chapters offered very little tension to me, even though I usually enjoy books with magical trials. Perhaps it was because she was so special that it never occurred to me that she might fail.
And Eliana's chapters were full of a lot of action but, again, I found it so dry and unexciting. It all felt like yet another forgettable YA fantasy bogged down by a bland romance and mindless action scenes.
➽ Romance, sex and bi rep(?)
It's just weird, honestly. Sex-positivity is great, the normalizing of masturbation is great, but these characters often act like sex is the most important thing in their world. I felt like all Rielle cared about was banging Audric the bland. I also don’t feel like it always was sex-positive, especially as Eliana seems to use sex as a form of manipulation most of the time.
The sex scenes themselves are pretty nauseating and overwritten, with the earth shaking and mist rising (no, seriously) à la Sarah J. Maas.
I don't know about you, but I was eager to read this for the bi rep. I've even heard this being touted as a "bi fantasy" which, having read the book, is a huge stretch. I'm gonna be honest and say I actually missed it the first time and had to go skimming back through the book to find it. The bi rep in this book is like two casual mentions of the MCs having been with women sexually. That's it. Great.
➽ To conclude...
I was mostly just bored. I think the book has a great premise, but that is by far the best thing about it. There was so much talk of angel wars and fantasy politics and deadly trials, but all that got lost somewhere under everything I didn’t give a crap about.
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CONTAINS LOTS OF SWEARING. YOU ARE WARNED
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present.... The biggest disappointment of 2018
oK. oK. WHAT KIND OF A FUCKING MESS DID I JUST READ????
I WANT MY TIME BACK. I'm just thankful I didn't have to pay for this shit.
If this book was on fire and I have a bowl of water, I would drink the water
Let's break it the fuck down, shall we?
✨What I liked ✨
the beginning was bomb as hell. It started off with a fucking bang and I was hooked. but as you can see from my one star rating, it went downhill.
ok fine the idea, the premise is interesting.
3. ya that's it
✨What I disliked✨
SIS WE CAN GO FOR HOURS BUT LET ME LIST SOME.
1.The main characters.
They're just basically two cats in heat. I feel 0 connection, I find their personality as lovely as a dead rat on the road. What is wrong with you idiots??
bitch ass was supposed to be the tough bounty hunter and shit she even got the title of "the dread of orline." Nah Eliana is the typical "strong" "deadly" special snowflake ya mc with a personality of a goldfish. I cant stand her. I honestly feel like the author was trying to recreate Aelin from throne of glass. I hate Aelin but at least I can still read about her I can't say the same for this bitch
i literally just sighed before I typed this. Ok. She's a mess. a mess. and not even a hot one. This bitch literally cares nothing other than "I'm so powerful" and how much she want to suck Audric's earth shattering penis. she's the definition of a cat in heat.
2. The plot
WHAT THE FUCK IS EVEN THE FUCKING PLOT TO EVEN FUCKING BEGIN WITH?
Watching paint dry is less boring than reading this
4.The Bi rep
A bi rep sounds hella interesting right? Well prepared to be hella fucking disappointed.
Eliana is Bi and (Rielle is may or may not be?? issa mess)
What I hate is that these two bitches are thirsty as hell. tbh it just enforced the whole "Bi people are promiscuous" thing. I absolutely hate it. I mean Eliana would honestly fuck anything I'm done.
The ground literally shook when she came. if that doesn't make you laugh idk what will. I read better Draco Malfoy smut on wattpad back when I was twelve. How the fuck is this even ya??? literally half of this book is talking about how these two horny girls wanting to fuck.
I don't even know what I don't know
This was supposed to be the release of 2018. but nooooooo. I'm so disappointed I want to scream.
I honestly want nothing more than to throw this book into a well.... full of gasoline... I'll bring the match.
I'm honestly tempted to make a "I hate furyborn" club. Just so I can yell and rant and scream about this trash
ok adios I'm done
Buddy read with the furyborn buddy read gang:
fake Thai, Scrill, Emma, and Danielle
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with great pleasure that I present you the best release of 2018.
(Actually it’s a tie between Furyborn and Sky in the Deep. Please don’t make me choose, I love them both.)
Once upon a time, the angels roamed the world, burning it to cinders. But the Seven Saints rose and defeated them, and locked them away in a dark, dark prison, and thus ensuring the future of mankind. But their exile shall not last. As foretold by angel Aryava, the Gate separating them from humans will fall, and they will return, seething with rage and hatred, seeking to dominate the land of Aritas. That is when two human Queen will rise, two Queens carrying the power of the Seven combined. A Queen made of blood, and a Queen made of light.
One of them will save the world.
The other will destroy it.
“Some say the Queen was frightened
In her last moments
But I like to think that she was angry”
A few years ago I read Claire Legrand’s Winterspell. It was a truly unique novel, and Claire’s writing was sparkling with magic, but I was left a little unsatisfied. Wanting something more, something that would enchant me and make my skin tingle with anticipation and my heart flatter in my chest. And now, four years later, she delivered what I craved. She made me bow to her exquisite pen and boundless creativity. Because Furyborn is bloody brilliant. Featuring elemental magic, prophecy, angels, trials, war, politics, fierce and diverse characters and sweeping romance, it bedazzled me to the point all I could feel and breathe was Claire’s words. With her dual PoV, alternating between Rielle and Eliana’s time, she managed to fill a 1,020 years gap and make you equally invested in their stories, which were intertwined in the most satisfying way. She mixed fairydust and blood, and she created a stunning saga that filled your veins and your cells, that took you to a rich and dangerous world that made your body hum with energy like a living wire, and filled your mind with images and senses you could not erase.
“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle. That is what it means to be human.”
Deeply sensual and lush, Furyborn was brimming with intriguing and three dimensional characters. Rielle was a rather controversial one, a girl banished from the world, a woman who could not quench her insatiable hunger for attention, for admiration, for power and love.
Eliana, the Dread of Ornline, was a bounty hunter who silenced her conscience and committed terrible crimes in order to protect her family.
Always present, a shadow working as a puppeteer, was Corien, a villain that gave you goosebumps and was too alluring for your own good.
But every story needs a knight in his shining armor, a ray of sunlight between the looming shadows, and Furyborn was no exception. Prince Audric Lightbringer, the powerful sunspinner and soft marshmallow extraordinaire warmed your insides and made you want to cuddle him and keep him safe at all costs.
And then there was Simon, connecting the past with the present, a tortured soul devoted to the frantic request of a dying mother.
“We are all of us dark creatures, but if we linger in those shadows, we’ll be lost. Instead we must seek the light when we can, and that’s just what you’re doing. I see it happening.”
Furyborn was an intense novel. The most astounding thing about it was that you knew the majority of the important events that would take place since the first chapter. And due to this fact, you tried to guard your heart, to not get attached to characters you knew would perish or give in to the darkness, but it was a lost cause. You struggled and fought, but they crawled into your soul and tore it to shreds nonetheless.
All in all, Furyborn is a beautiful, dark and seductive masterpiece that will haunt me for a while. There’s nothing more I can say except READ IT PEOPLE.
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*ARC generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Holy shite balls! I loved this freaking book and I have a new favorite author and I hope the rest of the books in the series are just as good!
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This story is about Eliana and Rielle. This is told from both of their stories, one from the past and one in the present. I'm not going to get to heavy into this book as it comes out in May 2018.
Both women have wonderful characters in their stories. They have magic and they do good things and not so good things. It's a world people, a world full of everything! I love it! Fighting, killing, plotting, magic, assassins, angels, etc ....
I'm going to add a few excerpts that are actually some chapter headings:
"Since our war with the humans began, I have had only one dream. Every night, the fog surrounding it lifts, and I understand more of what I see: a woman, made of gold brighter than the sun. She stands in a river of blood, and light falls from the ends of her hair. Is she friend or foe? This my dreams have not made clear to me. But I know this: she will come. In this war, or the next-she will come."
-Lost writings of the angel Aryava
"Lift your eyes to the eastern skies
Wait for the sun, and with it-rise
We will march down the roads gone black with the dead
We will tear down their walls and paint their crowns red."
-A rowing song composed by suspected Red Crown ally
Ioseph Ferracora during the siege of Arxara Bay
"Dark-hearted Tameryn had never seen anything good come by daylight. With her daggers, she carved shadows from every corner and hollow. She breathed life into their gasping mouths, twined them around her limbs and neck, tied their newborn fingers into the ends of her hair. There the shadows whispered secrets to her, in gratitude, and so she was never alone, and always safe in the shroud of night."
-The Book of the Saints
This book made my day!
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