Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
Link to the author: http://www.claire-legrand.com/
Furyborn is an action-packed story about two girls, both struggling with the dark and light within themselves. It’s set in two timelines and describes the events leading up to and after the fall of a magic and rise of a mysterious and cruel Emporer. The chapters alternate between Rielle, in the past, and Eliana, in the future.
‘Elements’ of Furyborn I loved:
-Both main characters, Rielle and Eliana are trying to decide if they stand in the dark or the light. Rielle feels certain she can use her magic for good but can she control it? And can she resist the dark temptations of the voice in her mind? Eliana feels her actions means she is unredeemable, a monster, but the people around her believe she can be kind and honorable. I favored Eliana but enjoyed both of these strong, indepedant women
-I often find dual timelines to be confusing but that wasn’t the case with Furyborn. The two stories remain separate and easy to follow
-It was non-stop action from the first page! The prologue sunk its claws into me and I was heavily invested in the story from there on.
-Intrigue. Secrets and mysteries are slowly revealed and more questions arise that keep you turning the pages.
-The magic history and how each element has a temple, a magical beast, and a casting item.
-I really enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters like Remy, Simon, Zahra, and Ludavine. I’m especially interested in their roles in the sequels.
-Eliana’s story doesn’t involve romance the end, and I’m not even sure it will be a thing, I just have a feeling. If he is a love interest for her then I totally ship it, I’m a sucker for hate-to-love.
-I find that when characters are using magic or fighting the author’s ability to describe the scenes clearly for the reader can really make or break a book for me. Legrand did a really good job creating atmosphere, describing the settings, and fight scenes. I pictured the sprawling city of Orline and the towering castle of Celdaria with ease, and the action scenes were vivid and gripping.
Things I didn’t enjoy:
-The perspectives changed too often and because they didn’t affect one another I think each characters chapter could have been longer.
-Rielle’s trials felt tedious, it was clear she would pass each one and I didn’t learn much about the use of magic, or Rielle, in the process.
-I wasn’t invested in Rielle’s romance at all
-Not enough was explained or explained well. Leaving some things a mystery creates interest, but not enough detail just leaves the reader confused.
-The ending was underwhelming. After a book full of cliffhangers it ended with very little suspense.
Overall I really enjoyed reading Furyborn by Claire Legrand and I’m eager to read the sequel, I have some predictions and I need to see how things turn out. My star rating is 4 out of 5 stars and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy but perhaps not those new to the genre.
Q&A with Claire Legrand
Jessica: You’ve written a lot of beautiful stories for children and young adults. What were some of your favorite books to read growing up?
Claire Legrand: Thank you! That’s so kind of you to say. Some of my favorite books growing up were A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and two books by Michael Bedard—A Darker Magic and The Painted Devil. I also adored any books that involved horses, like the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell, Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books, and Can I Get There By Candlelight? by Jean Slaughter Doty.
Jessica: I loved books about horses as well, but I haven’t heard of some of the others – I’ll have to look them up at my library.
Thank you for reading my review of Furyborn by Claire Legrand, and also to Raincoast Books for this review opportunity. I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.