Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Why did this book take me so long to read?
Furyborn was a quick grab at Sourcebooks Fire’s table at YALC last year. I already owned a proof I received during a trade, but that cover was calling my name. There’s nothing like a strong fantasy cover to draw you in.
I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but that’s how a lot of my books get bought.
After getting Furyborn, it sat on myself for a good few months. TBRs grow, books get pushed back, but eventually, it was Furyborn’s time to shine, and I loved it!
*Que happy dancing*
Not that I had any worries about this book being amazing, the synopsis itself was enough to draw me in:
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.
There’s more to it, but that’s all you need to want to delve into the world of the Empirium.
Furyborn is a really great character study.
While yes, there is an interesting plot that I’m excited to read more about in the sequel, the two main characters are what make this story. Both Eliana and Rielle are perceived to be a certain way, from their pasts and just their personalities. But I loved reading one character standing up to be the hero, and one descending into villainy. It’s why I love Vicious by V.E. Schwab so much, and why I’ll continue to read about villain/anti-hero origin stories.
Not gonna lie, I struggled a little with the magic system and how it works. While I know magic within fantasy doesn’t always need that much explanation, I still enjoy the rules and repercussions of having magic within a culture. While this isn’t a poorly described element of the book at all, I hope it has a little more development in later books. A polishing if you will.