Happiest book birthday to Furyborn by Claire Legrand! I got an advance reader copy in a Fairyloot box this past November and I started reading it very soon after I got it. So by now, almost half a year will have passed since I read it (which is crazy!) but my opinion stays the same: I absolutely love this book! I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for Furyborn’s release so I can finally fangirl about it without spoiling it! Ahhh, it’s about time I can share this review with you! Of course, it’s spoiler free (and very, very long…)
“We are all of us dark creatures.” Navi said, “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.”*
* Quote taken from the advance reader copy. It’s subject to change in the final print of the book.
Oh, my goodness. Furyburn was absolutely AMAZING! I’d never read anything by Claire Legrand before, but I’ve fallen absolutely in love her writing. She’s crafted a very complex world with incredibly interesting characters. I found the first few chapters somewhat info-dumpy, but quite easy to follow along. The story really got in my head and it stuck. If I’d put it down, and picked it up hours or days later, I had no problem getting back into it, as I knew what was happening. It was perfectly paced as well, not too slow, not too fast. Usually the beginning can be a bit of a struggle for me, but I got past that point very quickly!
One of the characters we follow in Furyborn, is Rielle. She’s been sort of hidden from the world most of her life and she’s had to keep her elemental magic a secret. She was quite the typical teen; sheltered, but still sneaking away to do what she wants to do and then of course, things go wrong and her secret is outed. After that, I’m just not sure what to think of her in terms of her personality and how I feel about her. She has a kind of confidence and bravery I admire her for, but I guess I’d just like to see a bit more of it.
Eliana is the second character who’s story we follow. I loved her pretty much straight away. She was this epic, badass, invincible bounty hunter. She was confident and strong. I immediately understood why Furyborn was in Fairyloot’s “Ladies That Slay” box. Later on, I realise these “qualities” made her quite unlikeable, actually. It was a bit odd, to me. I never really both loved and hated a main character before. It didn’t annoy me, though. It was quite refreshing to read about a character like El.
Their perspectives alternated and I often struggle with this in other books. Most of the time, something really exciting happens to one character and then it switches to a boring one and asdfghjkl it’s the bane of my existence. This wasn’t the case with Furyborn. Both perspectives were equally interesting and it never bothered me when one perspective was “interrupted” by the other.
Obviously, Rielle and Eliana aren’t the only characters. I’m amazed by how much depth there is to so many of the characters besides our two leading ladies. Remy, Eliana’s little brother, for example loves books and stories. and Navi is a princess, but also the youngest of her siblings. Simon is my favourite, though. I used to get huge crushes on like every male character I read about (hehe, awwwwkwaaaard!) but that hadn’t happened to me in the longest time. That changed with Simon and I actually love him so, so much. I don’t want to spoil too much, so let’s keep it at that.
Furyborn is set in this fantastic, epic fantasy world. I got a good sense of what this world looked like between the lines, as it wasn’t really described. It was more than enough to imagine it, though! Mostly, the world was build through religion, beliefs and stories – and the snippets of what I think are documents at the beginning of the chapters. These snippets often confused me a bit, and I feel like they didn’t always “line up” with the story, but I absolutely loved them as they told a lot about the world of the book.
The first line of Furyborn’s synopsis is “The stunningly original…” and that always scares me a bit. I’d read 94 other (YA) books before I finished this one in 2017 alone. How original can it really be? I did actually see some small resemblance between Furyborn and other books, like The Bone Witch (for the snippets before the chapters), the trials (A Court of Thorns & Roses, Dividing Eden) and some other things reminded me of Angelfall… I didn’t go looking for these resemblances, really. They just popped into my head as I was reading. I do have to admit, though, that these were all different elements in the story. I found the concept of the two queens and light/dark really original. Of course, we also shouldn’t forget about the two perspectives, which are about a thousand years apart from each other. I haven’t read anything like it before!
Since we’re talking about originality, let’s talk about plot twists as well. I was a little afraid Furyborn would be predicable. It had so much “potential” to go down a road already walked dozens of times. I thought “Hmm, this might turn out like….” and it just never did. Or maybe once, but it was still sort of unpredictable. The plot twits weren’t overly shocking. I wasn’t gasping when the story turned around in a certain way, but I was definitely surprised. Speaking of surprises; this book was much hotter than It though it would be, oooohhh my! I’d definitely say this falls into the “older YA” category, but it was done so well!
Furyborn is an absolutely incredible book. The characters are interesting and have depth to them and the world is phenomenal. I really loved the plot. It’s original and full of surprising twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down and I definitely couldn’t rate it any less than five stars.
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, 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.
Will you be reading Furyborn?
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