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Book Review: Furyborn (Book I of The Empirium Trilogy) by Claire Legrand

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Furyborn (Book I of The Empirium Trilogy)
by Claire Legrand
May 22, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ASIN: B07B3FTJDM ISBN: 9781492656623
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.

This YA fantasy is two stories set a 
thousand years apart. One story is about Rielle, who saves her friend and exposes her abilities, maybe showing she may be one of a pair of prophesied queens. One queen is of light, the other, of blood. 

The other tale concerns Eliana, a bounty hunter for the Undying Empire. She does this for her mother and brother, but suddenly, her mother vanishes. She joins the rebels and learns terrible things about the Undying Emperor who she works for.

The book would have been better if they'd written
 two different books for each character. The formatting of the back and forth of each character’s story made it confusing and irritating. Also, both female heroines behavior irritated me. I didn't like them that much.

I hope the next book's format will be better thought out.

I give Furyborn (Book 1 of The Empirium Trilogy) 3 ½ sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a librarian who writes novels for children and teens. Legrand is the author of THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, WINTERSPELL, SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, and FOXHEART. She is also the author of the upcoming YA epic fantasy FURYBORN, the first book in The Empirium Trilogy (May 22, 2018), and SAWKILL GIRLS, a YA horror novel (October 16, 2018). She is one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle-grade fiction. She lives in New Jersey. Visit her at and on Twitter @clairelegrand.

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