by Claire Legrand
My rating: 5 stars
Trilogy: The Empirium - Book 1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 22, 2018)
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy | Older YA
Print Length: 516 pages
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, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart 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 by Claire Legrand (The Empirium, #1)
They may have lived a thousand years apart, but two fierce women share more than just the power to save their worlds or to decimate humanity. Elemental magic, angelic forces, treachery and deceit abound in FURYBORN by Claire Legrand!
Witness both the light and the dark sides of humanity as one woman is forced to prove her magic can be controlled to gain the title of the Sun Queen. Has Rielle proven beyond a doubt her powers can be controlled or will she be forced to hide deadly truths? What secrets have been hidden for a millennia about the woman who has become a mere legend to many?
Eliana was born to fight, her cunning and strength make her a target for the evil Undying Empire. When her mother is taken in the night, she must join forces with a dark, rebel warrior or risk never seeing her again. Her journey will open her eyes to the reality of the world she lives in and it is far more brutal than she could have imagined. She will also discover that Rielle was no legend and they share a bond impossible to break and it includes the weight and the fate of the world on their shoulders.
Claire Legrand hasn’t just created an epic fantasy, she has blurred the lines between good and evil, right and wrong and filled these lines in with the bottled rage of her characters, temptation and the sacrifices that must be made at any given moment. Innocents will die, monsters will rise and at times, one will wonder who the true monsters really are!
High octane tension, fierce battles of both the physical and emotional kind sear across these pages like a wildfire out of control. If you are looking for strong, flawed, female characters, willing to run headlong into danger and the unknown and who are strong enough to go with their gut, this is a fabulous read to lose yourself in!
Every page is necessary, every word critical and every scene part of the journey into fabulous reading.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire!