If you’ve read this book and want to discuss spoilers, please stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, in which my buddy Birdie and I discuss the heck out of this book. But for those who haven’t read it, I wanted to put a spoiler free review out there for your consideration. This was such a great start to a series, and the more people to discuss it with, the better!
Furyborn by Claire Legrand | Empirium Trilogy #1
Fantasy | Young Adult
Publication Date | May 22nd, 2018
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Furyborn was a book that was not even on my radar until Birdie Bookworm put it there, and I can’t thank her enough. I probably never would have picked this book up otherwise, and I would have really been missing out. Furyborn introduces us to the Empirium Trilogy, and it’s a solid start to what’s sure to be a stellar series. Going back and forth between past and ‘present,’ we visit characters Rielle and Eliana, and at different parts through this book, I flip-flopped between which parts I was more invested in. I was devouring the pages so I could find out what would happen next! The pacing would have been fine otherwise, but with the alternating POVs, it was impeccable and ensured I was glued to the pages.
There were things I liked and didn’t like about Eliana and Rielle, but the fact of the matter is they were both flawed characters who made a lot of mistakes and are (hopefully) still learning from them. Simon was a standout secondary character in this book, and the world building and imagery was very well done. My only gripe with this book was I feel like the end battle was a bit lackluster and was hoping for a more action packed conclusion to this part of the story. It felt a little anti-climactic compared to the pacing of the rest of the book, and amping it up more would have made it more exciting.
While I wouldn’t necessarily compare this book to Shadow and Bone from The Grisha Trilogy, I do feel like it’s what I was looking for when I picked Shadow and Bone up. I may have rated them the same, but world building wise and character development wise, I feel like this book was more lush. I would caution a reader that while this book may be classified as Young Adult, it is a very mature Young Adult and should be read with that in mind.
Overall, I thought Furyborn was enthralling from the beginning, and I cannot wait for the next book in this series. If you’re a fan of Fantasy, YA or otherwise, this book is for you!
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