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Book Review: Furyborn

Genre: Fantasy Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I have seen Furyborn by Claire Legrand mentioned by so many readers. I read Sawkill Girls by the same author, and it was also a three star read for me. However, I decided to read Furyborn for a reading BINGO giveaway in October. I have to say, I’m really torn about the book now that I’ve finished it.

Rielle can manipulate all 7 elements, but this power is not necessarily a good thing considering a prophecy that foretold of two queens that would wield this power; one the Sun Queen, the other the Blood Queen. Rielle knows if people discover her abilities she will be questioned and feared, but it is not always easy to hide her powers.

More than a thousand years later, the myth of Rielle, the Blood Queen, is no longer viewed as fact. The world of the Blood Queen is long gone, replaced with a harsh world ruled by the Emperor. Eliana basically works for the Empire to keep her family alive, but women are mysteriously disappearing, and Eliana’s loyalties will be tested. She is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family and survive, but she might be asked to do much more than she expected.

This book sounded really good, but I feel like the execution did not meet my expectations. Perhaps my biggest issue with the book was that the chapters switched POVs between Rielle and Eliana, but for the first 3/4s of the book, the two characters did not really feel distinct. For that reason, the first 75% of the novel felt really slow to me.

I will say that towards the end of the book, Rielle and Eliana became a bit more distinct, and the novel picked up a lot. I personally feel torn about the book because it wasn’t outstanding, and I’m not sure if I want to read then next two in the trilogy. On one hand, I need to know what happens, but on the other hand, I don’t want to spend 75% of book two and three wanting to be finished with it.

Overall, a lot uncertainty about this book. Only time will tell if I ever get to the second and third books. Maybe they will improve my opinion on the series.

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