Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
Published May 22nd, 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres Fantasy, YA
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 really enjoyed Furyborn and although it is most certainly a YA fantasy, it also has some elements of science fiction as well. I feel like I have read quite a few YA fantasy books lately that revolve around magic, but I did like this story and moves along at a pretty fast pace, blending the above mentioned genres. There are two different stories going on throughout the book focusing on two different main characters, Rielle and Eiana, yet the stories take place a thousand years apart.
I really enjoyed the prologue (no spoilers) that explains a few things about the duel story line right from the beginning. The book definitely starts out filled with action and the plot moves like that throughout the book. I have to say, there were a few story lines and things that happened that seemed a bit familiar, actually quite familiar, from one of my favorite series. But every reader can decide what they think about that on their own. Overall, it is a certainly a fast-paced and action packed YA fantasy. The author did a good job with the world building and overall I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the sequel.
Thank you to the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, for sending me an ARC of this book.