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 in Furyborn. 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. (via Goodreads
I received an eARC of Furyborn via Netgalley, courtesy of Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange for an honest review.
I have one thing to admit – I adore Furyborn’s cover. If I hadn’t been already intrigued by its premise, I would have still picked this up based on the cover alone. I know – I shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but just look at it!
It took me a few point of view switches to figure out what was going on, but once I did, I grew to enjoy what was happening throughout Furyborn. Eliana is a sympathetic protagonist, but not a particularly likable one. To speak plainly, she was an asshole. She treated everyone around her like dirt.
I loved that this was sex positive and inclusive when it comes to its minor characters. There were also several plot points that I did not entirely understand. I’m sure they’ll be explained further in the sequel, but Furyborn left me with quite a few questions. Maybe that’s a good thing.
Furyborn would be a good fit for fans of Three Dark Crowns and the Graceling series. I’m excited to see what comes next for Eliana and Simon. If this sounds up your alley, you can pick up a copy on Amazon or Indiebound!