This book doesn’t come out for a while, but I can’t stop thinking about it. Furyborn is the first book in Claire Legrand’s newest trilogy.
Series: The Empirium Trilogy
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: May 22 2018
Page Count: 512
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire 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.
WHY I’M WAITING:
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Legrand’s previous novel Winterspell. It was a fantasy story inspired by the Nutcracker and at certain points it felt like the need to tie it back to the original story held back the story Legrand was trying to tell. I’m interested to see what she will be able to do with her own original idea.
This book sounds like it has everything that I love and more. I feel like a lot of the big tent pole fantasy and science fiction series have been coming to an end. It will be nice to start something new and exciting.
And if that doesn’t get me hyped enough, Legrand’s comments on her new trilogy really got me excited.
It’s a story about two young women deciding how to use their power–for good or for evil, or maybe to fight a war, or maybe not at all. These girls make lots of mistakes. They fall in love and they tell many lies. They do great things and they do awful things–sometimes to save the people they love. Sometimes to save themselves. Sometimes just for the hell of it.
It’s a story about faith–how it can help, and how it can hurt. It’s about god and rage and war and grief, and grappling with the dark side of humanity, and how to keep fighting for what’s right even when it would be much easier not to.
It’s about magic and temptation, sacrifice and desire, rage and belief. It’s about monsters both profane and divine. It’s about digging down into that deep burning place in your heart and telling yourself to stand up. It’s about helping others who can’t stand on their own, and broken people coming together to make a whole.
Also, there’s kissing. Lots of it.
So yeah, get excited. I think we’re in for a super fun epic fantasy.
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