You are the One Who Rises. The Furyborn Child. You are the Sun Queen, Eliana, and I have come to bring you home.
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. 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.
2 / 5
Furyborn ensnared me with its enticing title and beautiful cover and then failed to deliver. The book was overly lengthy, clocking in at over 500 pages, and was rather confusing. It seemed like it tried far too hard to be complex and just ended up being badly communicated and slightly weird.
“Do I wish you both had come to me, so we could discuss all of this like civilized people, instead of you rolling about half naked in the gardens for everyone to see? Yes.”
Rielle lives in a time of magic. When it is shown that she can use more than one of the seven elements, a feat which is unheard of except in legend, she is made to undergo seven elemental trials to prove whether she is the long-expected Sun Queen or the feared Blood Queen. Eliana lives a thousand years later, when Queen Rielle is just a fairytale and so is magic. She is concerned with murder and her missing mother when a mysterious boy turns up.
I found Furyborn to be incredibly slow going and not in the fun, wow this is epic, kind of way. I just didn’t feel invested in either of the characters or their respective quests. I loved the idea of two women joined together across a thousand years, two queens tied to a mysterious prophecy, one taking up the quest of the other. What I got instead was 250 pages of Rielle doing some boring trials and swooning after the prince with some angels thrown in for good measure, and 250 pages of Eliana spouting super cringy dialogue, betraying people, with bonus serious mother issues.
“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle. That is what it means to be human.”
Both women are supposed to be strong and powerful: Rielle has her magic, and Eliana has her blades and her history as a bounty hunter, putting rebels to the death. Rielle pulls it off as a powerful mage, but the magic didn’t seem to make much sense to me? It isn’t all that clear how it works or functions. And Rielle becomes totally off her rocker. Eliana on the other hand doesn’t seem all too special. Near the start of the book she encounters a mysterious man who bests her; lots and lots and lots of terribly cringe-worthy mid-fight banter ensues. Ugh.
Furyborn was an odd book. It had lots of fights and action-sequences, but it never seemed like anything particularly important was happening. There was lots of talk of angels and rebirth and whatnot, but not much explanation. I wasn’t a big fan of the book and I won’t be reading the next.
My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of Furyborn.