ARC Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1), by Claire Legrand

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Furyborn reads like a classic fantasy story, with elemental magic as many fantasy books go. If you read lots of fantasy, you’ll see many common elements with other books. BUT. This one is so, so good!

Furyborn follows the story of two girls centuries apart. Rielle has the ability to control all seven elements and must go through trials to determine if she is the prophesized Sun Queen who will bring light to the Kingdom, or the Blood Queen, who will bring destruction. Eliana is a bounty hunter with a secret – her body heals itself almost instantly and her bones are stronger than a human’s. She works for the Empire, but the kidnapping of her mother forces her to join the rebels in the hope of rescuing her.This book is character-centered, which is not to say there isn’t lots of action – there surely is! This was such a page-turner to me, I couldn’t put it down! Although I received it from Netgalley, I’m buying the paperback of it for sure. I did not expect to enjoy this book so much, but it surprised me and now it’s among my favorite YA fantasies!

I love Eliana! She is badass, her grey morality and fierce loyalty to her family make her such a great character. I also loved that she is bisexual. I sort of ship her with the Wolf, although I am suspicious of him and wonder how much he’s hiding from her. Rielle was a character I had more difficulty relating to, but I really liked her and her amazing powers, and also her friendships and the trials she had to go through to prove her powers was actually pretty interesting to read! Very classic fantasy (elemental magic, trials, falling in love with the prince…), but it kept me hooked nonetheless! I hope we can see more of the world in the next book.

I had to force myself sometimes to stop reading because otherwise I’d be awake all night. Furyborn impressed me a lot and I highly recommend it!

17 thoughts on “ARC Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1), by Claire Legrand

  1. Oh man, I’ve seen this book all over the bookish community! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it! The book sounds really good! I’m not huge into this kind of fantasy but I still really want to read it. Plus that cover! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this! 😀

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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  2. I’ve been slightly nervous to pick this up because I’ve been burned by a bunch of overhyped YA fantasy lately, but you’re really making me want to read Furyborn!

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