Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1)
By Claire Legrand
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Bang Bang Review
If you plan on reading this book, I highly suggest you take notes because you ARE NOT going to remember anything when book 2 comes out. You’ve been warned.
Furyborn is told in duo POVs. Rielle, the daughter of the king’s commander and Eliana a hired killer living 1000 years after Rielle. (OMG, there’s so much story I don’t know where to begin). Okay, let’s go back. The book begins with Rielle giving birth and in the room is her new husband Garver and his seven year old son Simon. At one point, an angel named Corien comes and that’s all I’ll say. Rielle’s story is then told two years prior to the birth of her child. Legrand slowly reveals how Rielle came to be pregnant and married to this Garver guy, what Simon is, and the significance of Corien.
This world is in a constant war with angels and humans and a very important angel named Aryava foretold a prophesy that there will be two queens-Blood Queen and a Sun Queen. One is bad, Blood Queen, and she will unleash the angels and destroy the world. One is good, the Sun Queen, she will save all of mankind. Both queens posses all the power but there are problems- some think Aryava was crazy, some think the prophesy can be interpreted a bunch of different ways, and lastly you won’t know if the queen is good or bad until it’s too late. Rielle possesses all the magic and the king needs to test if she’s good or bad. (Please see the spoiler edition for my theory). Rielle’s portion of the story is about her going thru trials to see if she does indeed possess all the magic and if she is good or bad.
Eliana’s story is the journey of a girl who prides herself on her great killing skills all the while trying to ignore the fact that she captures innocent rebels to be hanged by her Lord. Meanwhile someone is snatching girls and women and Eliana wants to know who is doing this and why. She’s strong but incredibly flawed and she makes some pretty shitty mistakes.
Can’t say too much because it’s all spoilery but Legrand creates a vast, interesting world of magic and rebels. The pacing might be tough for some because the story starts the middle of the trilogy and you have to work your way backwards and forwards. There are a lot of lands and people and angels and names and EVERYTHING is important to the plot-no fluff here. There are no points where you can skip around. There are some wonderful complex characters. There’s diversity and some beautiful female friendships. I’m always a little skeptical of overhyped books but Furyborn is worth the hype. I didn’t rate it higher because there were a couple of questions that weren’t answered.
Bang Bang Rating: 1/2