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.
I know I’ve only read two books in 2018, but wow that new year has brought me some great books. I wasn’t sure how to feel about Furyborn at first, I was interested enough in the premise to request an ARC but I wasn’t completely sold yet. As I was waiting for my copy, I started to see reviews roll in- almost all of which were raving praise. I was excited to start, but still skeptical. I don’t feel that the back of the book does the story justice. I was still unsure when I first started reading, but after the first two chapters I was hooked.
The story is told in alternating POV’s, switching between the two main characters, Rielle and Eliana. Usually, multiple POV’s aren’t my favorite: I tend to feel less connected to the story and find myself dreading the chapters that aren’t from the POV of the character I like best. Furyborn totally broke that rule for me. Both Rielle and and Eliana were equally enjoyable. Their stories were both extremely intriguing and it was so enjoyable to watch them slowly intertwine.
Queens with magical powers isn’t a revolutionary idea in YA literature, but Furyborn didn’t have the same tired, old plot. It easily stands on its own as an independent story. In fact, I can’t really think of any comp titles. (If you’ve read Furyborn I’d be interested to hear what you think this book reminds you of?) It was a uniquely executed story that was incredibly well written. I give this book 5 out of 5 Stars.