Book Review #14 Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Book Specifications

Author: Claire Legrand

Format: Paperback

Part of a Series: Yes. Empirium Trilogy 

Release Date: May 22, 2018

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

ISBN: 9781492656623


Synopsis from Goodreads

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.


My dear Anika created a Furyborn playlist on Spotify so you can play it while reading the book or if you wanna imagine and feel the novel in terms of music.

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I absolutely loved this book! I had heard very mixed views previously but I absolutely adored it!



The story is told from shifting angles of two kick-ass, strong and powerful heroines that also have their own pitfalls and despairs.

The varying perspectives also take place in different time periods that would ordinarily confuse me but each is relevant to the other that makes intriguing and impressive narratives alone.

I don’t think the two stories separately would have been as spectacular but together they were compelling.




I adored the world. The political aspects and the overall geography of it were fascinating. I truly enjoyed the way Legrand described the surroundings out of the eyes of the characters.

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I am blown away by Claire’s creativeness to write a lot of unique voices and develop them well. I loved almost all of them—with the exception of the villains, of course. Also, I felt like they are modern characters in a historical fantasy world.

Rielle Dardenne – A girl that has been compelled into her entire life to keep her powers a secret. In her world, it is rare to have magical power and ultimately dangerous to be able to wield all seven, well, except in a prophecy.


Eliana Ferracora – A bounty hunter that has no choice but to work for the Empire to survive. Her family got broken apart so she was forced to go seek for them and see the world from a different perspective.


Audric – Rielle’s love and the next heir to the throne.  A powerful light bringer.


Simon – Oh gosh, I’m having a hard time describing this one without spoiling you! He is my all time favorite character in the book. He’s mysterious, fascinating, selfless and a marvelous leader.


Remy – Eliana’s little brother, who is in love with stories and is just adorable in general.


Ludivine – An amazing example of a wonderful friend you can have and unconditional love that you can experience.


Corien – I can freaking write a whole sentence on this character alone! I so love him despite his true color. He’s mysteriously and amazingly crafted and I can’t wait for you to meet him and be blown away!


Despite the fact that this book is set in two different time periods, it was great to see that they were both fairly open and accepting of different sexualities. This was a very unique way to read about sexuality in a historical fantasy world.  It was indeed pleasant for  Legrand to write these characters with a modern attitude about acceptance and love.


I’m glad the ending I have in my head didn’t happen so I was surprised despite the mere fact that I was expecting something big or a cliff hanger but there’s none so I will surely read the book two!



The pacing was kinda confusing for me and almost wonder if it was *too* fast at times, but I commend Claire’s ability to suck the reader in and keep turning the pages. I’m hoping that in the next book the magic system will be more discussed so I can further understand it’s origins.

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There is a lot to cover and I think this is a book you need to take your time with for you to truly appreciate it. Like really read, absorb and ponder the bearings of the story. I’m a slow reader and I guess that’s a good thing sometimes because for this book it made me crave and yearn to get back to the world.


All in all, I would absolutely recommend this one to any high fantasy lovers. If you enjoy well-written villains, don’t skip this one. If you like betrayals, forbidden romances, magic, badass females, action-packed pages the make sure to go now to your nearest book store and grab a copy, or if this is on your TBR go ahead and start reading it!

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Quotable Quotes

“I fear no darkness
I fear no night
I ask the shadows
To aid my fight”
― Claire Legrand, Furyborn

“People like us don’t fight for our own hope,” he said quietly. “We fight for everyone else’s.”
― Claire Legrand, Furyborn

“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle,” he said, his voice rough. “That is what it means to be human.”
― Claire Legrand, Furyborn

“A sword forged true in hammer and flame
Flies sure and swift
A heart forged in battle and strife
Cuts deeper than any blade”
― Claire Legrand, Furyborn

About the Author


Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for middle-grade readers, WINTERSPELL, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, and SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, a middle-grade story about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling.

SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS is a 2017 Edgar Award nominee and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016. Her latest novel, FOXHEART, is a fast-paced fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is also one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle-grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.

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