Firstly I wish to thank Charlotte Cooper of Midaspr for inviting me on the blog tour for KINGSBANE (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand.
Two queens, separated by thousands of years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength–and their hearts.
Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien–but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption–fear of becoming another Rielle–keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted–by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.
Praise for Furyborn:
A BuzzFeed Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Bustle Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
“A must-read.” —Refinery29
“A series to watch.” —Paste magazine
“Visionary.” —Bustle magazine
“One of the biggest new YA fantasies.” —Entertainment Weekly
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the second book in the trilogy and a huge read to boot at just under 600 pages. The alternating chapters between Rielle Dardenne and Eliana Ferracore, both Sun Queens set years apart, make for two epic stories, each often ending on a bit of a cliff hanger. I flew through this book unable to leave either character in peril. At times hating who and what they did and at others seeing the vulnerable side of them that had so much growing to do.
There is an abundance of characters on both timelines but all very distinctive, as I remembered each of them how each Queen saw and felt about them, be it through love or mistrust, there is a lot of the latter. There is a brutality about each betrayal that hurt more than anything physical and as a reader, I felt each one. I wasn’t ever an outsider looking in Claire Legrand made this story part of me.
I loved the in-depth descriptions of each of the factions distinctive house colours, the castles, and people, the riches and filth, as it paints a vivid picture on every page, bringing together a total experience feeling of being there. It is a truly epic read of angels, special powers handed down to heirs, heroes, villains and mere mortals.
The last 100 pages have a different feel as the atmosphere in each just intensifies with chapters being devoted to different characters. I welled up in so many as the story worked to at outstanding ending that I really can’t wait to continue in the final book.
Highly addictive, truly magnificent.
I wish to thank Charlotte Cooper for arranging a readers copy of this book for me, which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.
Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for middle grade readers, WINTERSPELL, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, and SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, a middle grade story about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling. SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS is a 2017 Edgar Award nominee and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016. Her latest novel, FOXHEART, is a fast-paced fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is also one of the four authors behind THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.