Furyborn

Furyborn

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.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 quee...

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Title:Furyborn
Author:Claire Legrand
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Furyborn Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    November Fairyloot ♥ More pictures linked below ♥

    Holy shite balls! I loved this freaking book and I have a new favorite author and I hope the rest of the books in the series are just as good!

    I love some bad arse woman in books. I had about 20 gifs of bad arse women to go with this statement but we will just go with a couple or so.... =D

    This story is about Eliana and Rielle. This is told from both of their stories, one from the past and one in the present. I'm not going to get to

    November Fairyloot ♥ More pictures linked below ♥

    Holy shite balls! I loved this freaking book and I have a new favorite author and I hope the rest of the books in the series are just as good!

    I love some bad arse woman in books. I had about 20 gifs of bad arse women to go with this statement but we will just go with a couple or so.... =D

    This story is about Eliana and Rielle. This is told from both of their stories, one from the past and one in the present. I'm not going to get to heavy into this book as it comes out in May 2018.

    Both women have wonderful characters in their stories. They have magic and they do good things and not so good things. It's a world people, a world full of everything! I love it! Fighting, killing, plotting, magic, assassins, angels, etc ....

    I'm going to add a few excerpts that are actually some chapter headings:

    This book made my day!

    Happy Reading!

    Mel ♥

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  • Katerina

    (Actually it’s a tie between

    and

    . Please don’t make me choose, I love them both.)

    , the angels roamed the world, burning it to cinders. But the Seven Saints rose and defeated them, and locked them away in a dark, dark prison, and thus ensuring the future of mankind. But their exile shall not last. As foretold by angel Aryava, the Gate separating them from humans wil

    (Actually it’s a tie between

    and

    . Please don’t make me choose, I love them both.)

    , the angels roamed the world, burning it to cinders. But the Seven Saints rose and defeated them, and locked them away in a dark, dark prison, and thus ensuring the future of mankind. But their exile shall not last. As foretold by angel Aryava, the Gate separating them from humans will fall, and they will return, seething with rage and hatred, seeking to dominate the land of Aritas. That is when two human Queen will rise, two Queens carrying the power of the Seven combined. A Queen made of blood, and a Queen made of light.

    One of them will save the world.

    The other will destroy it.

    A few years ago I read

    ’s

    . It was a truly unique novel, and Claire’s writing was sparkling with magic, but I was left a little unsatisfied. Wanting something more, something that would enchant me and make my skin tingle with anticipation and my heart flatter in my chest. And now, four years later, she delivered what I craved.

    Because

    is

    . Featuring

    , it bedazzled me to the point all I could feel and breathe was Claire’s words. With her dual PoV, alternating between Rielle and Eliana’s time, she managed to fill a 1,020 years gap and make you equally invested in their stories, which were intertwined in the most satisfying way. She mixed

    , and she created a

    that filled your veins and your cells, that took you to a rich and dangerous world that made your body hum with energy like a living wire, and filled your mind with images and senses you could not erase.

    , Furyborn was brimming with intriguing and three dimensional characters.

    was a rather controversial one, a girl banished from the world, a woman who could not quench her insatiable hunger for attention, for admiration, for power and love.

    , the Dread of Ornline, was a bounty hunter who silenced her conscience and committed terrible crimes in order to protect her family.

    Always present, a shadow working as a puppeteer, was

    , a villain that gave you goosebumps and was too alluring for your own good.

    But every story needs a knight in his shining armor, a ray of sunlight between the looming shadows, and Furyborn was no exception. Prince

    Lightbringer, the powerful sunspinner and

    warmed your insides and made you want to cuddle him and keep him safe at all costs.

    And then there was

    , connecting the past with the present, a tortured soul devoted to the frantic request of a dying mother.

    Furyborn was an

    novel. The most astounding thing about it was that you knew the majority of the important events that would take place since the first chapter. And due to this fact, you tried to guard your heart, to not get attached to characters you knew would perish or give in to the darkness, but it was a lost cause. You struggled and fought, but they crawled into your soul and tore it to shreds nonetheless.

    All in all, Furyborn is a

    that will haunt me for a while. There’s nothing more I can say except

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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    4.5 Stars!!

    This was REALLY fun.

    Only minor spoilers below - nothing big.

    Let's start with the prologue because holy crap that was fantastic. Way to suck me in, Claire. Anyway, we're thrust into an intense birth-and-escape scene where Queen Rielle delivers her daughter and shoves her into the arms of a young boy-Simon- telling him he must escape and save her life. Simon basically witnesses this whole horrific scene with the queen and an angel that has come for her before whisking the baby to safe

    4.5 Stars!!

    This was REALLY fun.

    Only minor spoilers below - nothing big.

    Let's start with the prologue because holy crap that was fantastic. Way to suck me in, Claire. Anyway, we're thrust into an intense birth-and-escape scene where Queen Rielle delivers her daughter and shoves her into the arms of a young boy-Simon- telling him he must escape and save her life. Simon basically witnesses this whole horrific scene with the queen and an angel that has come for her before whisking the baby to safety. (Safety meaning years and years later because Simon has that type of magic.)

    The first chapter takes us years previous before Rielle becomes the ever-famous 'Blood Queen'. We follow her story as her life leads up to the inevitable prologue. Additionally, as a dual POV, we watch her daughter years in the future, who has no idea her real heritage. We learn of a prophecy, one that speaks of the coming of a 'Sun Queen' and a 'Blood Queen'. Thanks to the prologue, we know Rielle is the 'Blood Queen'.

    Anyway, I was super invested in Rielle's story, especially knowing how it 'ends'. It's almost a villain origin story, except Rielle's heart stays true. I don't want to spoil much, but her story begins when the kingdom discovers she can control all the elements with her magic, not just one like the rest of the population. They assume she is the long-foretold Sun Queen, and to prove she is the Sun Queen and not the Blood queen, she must complete Trials in front of the kingdom. She also has a bit of a forbidden romance with Audrik , the prince, though there are about a billion things keeping them apart. Anyway, phew her scenes are super riveting, especially at first. While she's completing the Trials (which are cruelly put together), she hears a voice. She grows to know the voice as Corien and discovers he is an angel. (Which again, we know Corien is the one she tries to save her daughter from in the prologue.)

    Then we have Elianna, her daughter. In her time, she's known as the "Dread of Orline" - she's something like a bounty hunter. Think Celaena Sardothian from the 'Assasin's Blade' - or something like that. She's a bit of an anti-hero--she's fierce and doesn't listen to anyone, but somewhere in there, she has a good heart. We don't know what happened to the boy that saved her as a baby, and she doesn't remember any of that. She was raised by another family and pretty much only cares about them and no one else. BUT her 'mother' goes missing and Elianna gets mixed up with a man called the "Wolf' who makes her a deal to find her mother if Elianna will help him.

    So the story jumps in two different directions.

    Anyway, the pacing was batshit crazy - there isn't a single dull moment. I almost wonder if it was *too* fast at times, but I applaud Claire's ability to suck the reader in and keep them turning the page. Expect a ton of action! The crazy fast pacing lost me a bit at the end though. I feel like things with Simon + Elianna were a bit rushed

    - I think Elianna's character arc felt a little fast at the end. As far as Rielle, I still like her a lot, and I loved the whole struggle with Audrik vs Corien. I think at the end, I was just expecting a big blow up with Corien vs Elianna, but nothing really happened -yet. (Soooo I'll be back for a sequel...)

    But the story was fun! Corien was a fantastic villain - I'm super intrigued by him. If you know me, I'm a sucker for a good villain.

    Do I recommend this? You bet.

    *** A huge thanks to Source Books for the early copy!

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  • Melanie

    Apparently, this is going to be a super polarizing book here on Goodreads, which is totally fine. Whatever your feelings are towards this book, they are totally valid. I did end up really enjoying it though. I thought it read like an adult high fantasy, I loved the constant juxtaposition between the two main protagonists, I thought it was high action back to back to back, and I love

    Apparently, this is going to be a super polarizing book here on Goodreads, which is totally fine. Whatever your feelings are towards this book, they are totally valid. I did end up really enjoying it though. I thought it read like an adult high fantasy, I loved the constant juxtaposition between the two main protagonists, I thought it was high action back to back to back, and I loved how morally grey and ambiguous everyone was. Maybe this book just catered to my personal reading tastes a bit more than others, but I really loved reading this.

    I loved the worldbuilding, I didn’t find it difficult to understand. I loved the fast paced and constant action. I ended up completely adoring many of the characters. I thought the writing was smart and lyrical. And I just overall thought this was an expertly crafted tale and made these two girl’s stories and parallels blend perfectly.

    is a book about two girls who are leading very different paths, from very different times:

    - A girl that has been forced to hide who she is her entire life. In this world, it is rare to have a magical power, but completely unheard of to be able to wield all seven, well, except in a prophecy. After a life or death situation, her kingdom finds out, and then she is forced to complete seven magical trials or be executed.

    - A bounty hunter that is forced to work for the Empire, who put every rebel they find to death. In this world, this is the only way to survive, until Eliana’s family gets broken apart, and she is forced to truly see the world in a different light.

    And one of the best prologues that I’ve ever read, shows the starts of how these two women are connected, despite their stories taking place one-thousand-years apart. We are also introduced to a prophecy about two queens, who will change the world and leave it impacted forever.

    My favorite part of this entire book was seeing the juxtaposition between Rielle and Eliana constantly. This story is told entirely in alternating chapters/points of view of the two girls. They would be doing such similar things, a millennium apart, but we’d get to see the different reactions, choices, and actions they decided upon.

    - My second favorite character, and an amazing representation of found family and the unconditional love we have for friends. And like, give me all the wonderful girl friendships!

    - Rielle’s love interest, and the king in waiting. Also, a sweet cinnamon roll and powerful light bringer.

    - I could write at least one page on this character alone. But he’s wonderfully crafted, and I can’t wait for you all to meet him.

    - Eliana’s little brother, who is in love with stories and is just adorable in general.

    - Princess from another country that truly stole my heart. Also, more friendship goals.

    - Oh boy, I don’t even know how to talk about him. Simon ended up being my favorite character, but I can’t say much without spoiling things. He’s amazing, he’s caring, he’s selfless, and he’s a wonderful leader.

    (Six of the Seven beautiful character cards created by

    !)

    Next, I love you all, and these next two paragraphs aren’t directed at any one person. I’m only even writing them, because I’ve seen many reviews talking about both of the things I’m about to talk about. And both of these paragraphs are also going to be very personal to me, so please be respectful, and try not to hate me. Thanks.

    I see a lot of people talking about how they feel the bi rep is bad because those characters think and talk about sex a lot, but I honestly think that’s such a dangerous way to think. Bi people/characters should be able to be promiscuous without the world yelling that it’s bad rep/bad actions. You all that do this set queer people back every time. And you only help to reinforce that stereotype. Hi, my name is Melanie, and I identify as pansexual, and you know what I like to have? A lot of sex. So, whenever people say things like this, it actually hurts me and makes me feel bad about myself. People should be able to have sex, a lot of sex, sex with one partner, sex with many partners, sex with themselves, and they shouldn’t be shamed for it. Literature, our society, and the damn world need more sex positivity. And you’ll never catch me shaming anyone or any book for having too much of it, as long as it’s healthy and consensual.

    I also see a lot of people saying that there isn’t bi rep in this. Just because a bisexual ends up with the opposite gender, and only has sex on the page with the opposite gender, that doesn’t make them not (or less) bisexual. Both main characters, who both identify as female, state attraction to women, a few times, and that’s enough. Am I going to say this is the best rep in the world and I see myself so much on the pages? No. But am I going to discredit female bisexuals who are with men or who have never even been with a woman? Hell no. This is also super harmful thinking. Hi, my name is Melanie, and I identify as female pansexual, and you know what I’ve been in? A lot of monogamous relationships with partners that identify as male. People shouldn’t make bi/pan people only feel valid if their representation means they end up with the opposite sex/people who identify as nonbinary. Miss me with that gross line of thinking, please. Bisexuality is about attraction, not action, you don’t have to perform any action, sexual or not, to prove your bisexuality. And both these characters say they are attracted to women, one of them many times, despite her also performing sex work with females, which many are acting like that’s the only time she’s expressed attraction to women. Also, I’m not going to write a third paragraph about how we shouldn’t shame sex work, you all should just know better in 2018.

    Okay, so moving on, the next thing I want to talk about is the portrayal of grief. I really appreciated the portrayal of grief and how real and constant it felt. And it is focused on by both of the leading protagonists throughout this novel. And even though this book is at least borderline New Adult, I still think YA and NA need so many more normalized stories of grief, and how it’s something you might always struggle with, with good days and bad.

    And let me emphasize more, that this is a dark book that has constant dark actions and dark themes. When I said above that this reads like an Adult high fantasy, I truly mean it, even though I would consider this book New Adult, and even though it is marketed as Young Adult.

    Abuse, child abuse, death, gore, violence, abduction, kidnapping, animal cruelty, loss of a parent, loss of a loved one, sexual content, slavery, and torture.

    Also, I’d like to touch on the animal abuse scene a bit more, because animal cruelty is one of two triggers that I personally have. Was the scene hard to read for me? Yeah, a bit. Do I think it was done in a malicious manner? No, not at all. Did the character feel really awful afterwards and remark on it a few times after the event took place? Yeah. And lastly, do I think it’s extremely believable that someone who doesn’t understand their powers would not think about harming an animal consequentially while using them to save the human being you love most in this world? Yes, 100% yes.

    Okay, moving on to the romance. I was much more invested in Rielle’s romance than Eliana’s, which is maybe not the general consensus either. After reading the prologue, and knowing what happens between Rielle and Aurdric, I just became so invested to see the events that took place to make the events come to fruition. Like, I became obsessed. And I will read book two alone so that I can hopefully find out more. Also, yeah, there is sex in this book, but it’s tastefully done and for sure not anywhere close to the worst sex scene I’ve ever read. It was just a normal sex scene to me; nothing over the top and nothing bad. But it did heavily emphasize consent and making sure this was something that the woman wanted to do throughout the act. I loved that, and please give me more books like this.

    But I really enjoyed this one, and I can’t wait to see where Claire Legrand takes these two interwoven tales next, especially with how both points of view leave off. I thought this was fun, and filled with action, and hard to put down each night. Also, give me all the *Breaking Benjamin voice* evil angelssssss! But I am excited to see how everyone feels upon release, since this does seem like a very polarizing book thus far.

    You know who I really think would enjoy this book? Fans of

    ! Now, I know that that series is super polarizing, and I was such a strange reader and gave the entire trilogy three stars, but I truly kept thinking how much

    reminded me of that series. But, dare I say? Better. It reads and feels better. Yet, if you liked

    , I would 100% recommend this to you still.

    Overall, reading is subjective. And something that one person loves, another could just as easily hate. And one ownvoices reviewer can think the rep is bad in a book, where another could really appreciate and love it. As long as someone isn’t personally coming into my house and bothering me or my loved ones, I’m not going to fight someone over a book. Let people enjoy the things they love, and let people dislike the things they hate. But remember, telling a person their feelings aren’t valid is never a good look.

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  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)

    Well. Here’s to a new season of FANTASY 👏🏻

    To say I went into this book with reservations and

    expectations is an understatement because this book is

    HYPED.

    .

    but, bUT,

    ....it. was. really.

    .

    .

    I was honestly not expecting the amount of great good epicness that was this book.

    Aside from the riveting and hyping reviews, there were also the polarizing and scathing reviews, but most of them consisted mainly of points that either state

    Well. Here’s to a new season of FANTASY 👏🏻

    To say I went into this book with reservations and

    expectations is an understatement because this book is

    HYPED.

    .

    but, bUT,

    ....it. was. really.

    .

    .

    I was honestly not expecting the amount of great good epicness that was this book.

    Aside from the riveting and hyping reviews, there were also the polarizing and scathing reviews, but most of them consisted mainly of points that either stated the book was too long and boring, or trashing the world building and characters.

    Well golly gee, I didn't what to think going into this book pre-review. I was prepared to drop it like old takeout into the trash....however,....said takeout was actually

    .

    thank god.

    I honestly can say that there are only two times in my life where reading fantasy has taken a firm and gripping hold on me, a new and refreshing take the genre itself; a new outlook, something I know and will grow to love.

    Two eras:

    and

    Say what you will about TOG series but I read the first three books before I knew anything about booktube and overhype and toil and trouble and I actually really enjoyed this series (it has gone rather downhill but i am faaaaar too invested into giving up now).

    And now, enter

    .

    And I can see, in the near future, a

    potential for this series to become an added fav to the collection. Key word

    .

    I for one, agree with all the 5 star reviews because they say pretty much the same thing.

    characters.

    world building.

    story.

    writing.

    characters.

    world building.

    storty.

    writing.

    characters.

    and so and so forth.

    This was an extremely solid start to a new fantasy era for me because I've been wobbling on this spectrum for quite a bit, not really caring or investing into most of the other fantasy books I've read since after LOTR and TOG. (OFC, there are other great fantasy books as well but I count these in line with the TOGs season).

    Only thing I docked off a star for would be the repetitive story telling of the two main characters-- the alternating chapters back and forth, although, each chapter was relatively short and managed to hold my attention long enough to want to know what would happen to each character.

    Also, I didn't really care for Rielle's story. I didn't really care for her and Audric's romance or life. Geez all they wanted to do really was have sex and the 'heat' between them was bothersome for me and some cringe but it's fine; they're literally hormonal teenagers caught in the crossfires of war of kingdoms and magic. lol.

    But as for Eliana's story.....HELL YEAH GIVE ME MOOOOOOORRREEEEEE.

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  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    4.5*

  • Lola  Reviewer

    In exactly

    , this book will be released.

    In exactly six days also, your life expectancy will be extended of a couple of years. Coincidence? I think not, because this book will breathe life into you.

    It’s that good. It’s that intense. And it’s that close to the kind of YA fantasy book I want to be reading day and night.

    Rielle and Eliana are two fierce heroines with incredible power that puts them in danger as much as it helps them grow into the invincible young

    In exactly

    , this book will be released.

    In exactly six days also, your life expectancy will be extended of a couple of years. Coincidence? I think not, because this book will breathe life into you.

    It’s that good. It’s that intense. And it’s that close to the kind of YA fantasy book I want to be reading day and night.

    Rielle and Eliana are two fierce heroines with incredible power that puts them in danger as much as it helps them grow into the invincible young women they want to be. They often do the unexpected, thus keeping you on the edge of your seat, and I quite admired their headstrong personalities and self-confidence.

    There is romance, but that’s not the most important aspect of this book. It is overshadowed by the trials that Rielle faces to become the next Sun Queen, as well as Eliana’s mother’s disappearance. Eliana will do anything to get her mother back - lie, betray, kill. She doesn’t want to lose her like she lost her father. Those are the focal points.

    I admit that it took me fifty pages to really get into this book, since I was very confused in the beginning. That’s why I cannot give it five stars. The prologue is incredible, but also extremely vague at the same time. I had about a thousand questions nested inside my mind by the time I finished it.

    But here are two pieces of information that will make it easier for you to understand this book: 1. Rielle doesn’t want the king to discover she has magic, because she is afraid of what he and everyone else will do to her. 2. Eliana also doesn’t want people to discover her abilities because magic is supposedly extinct in her a-thousand-year-later world and she doesn’t want to draw attention to herself since she is an assassin.

    Whenever you're lost or you don't understand why the characters would have said or done this and that, consider thinking back to those two points. After all, when you are keeping a huge secret, it is forever on your mind, so it is bound to influence your actions as well.

    Don’t worry too much if things aren’t clear for you either in the first fifty or a hundred pages. Eventually, you’ll be able to spot what’s important and what isn’t, and lose yourself in the story and the adventures of the two strong magic users worth getting to know.

    Enjoy the ride.

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  • Nadhira Satria

    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present.... The biggest disappointment of 2018

    oK. oK. WHAT KIND OF A FUCKING MESS DID I JUST READ????

    I WANT MY TIME BACK. I'm just thankful I didn't have to pay for this shit.

    If this book was on fire and I have a bowl of water, I would drink the water

    Let's break it the fuck down, shall we?

    1.the beginning

    the beginning was bomb as hell. It started off with a fucking bang and I was hooked. but as you can see from

    Ladies and gentlemen, may I present.... The biggest disappointment of 2018

    oK. oK. WHAT KIND OF A FUCKING MESS DID I JUST READ????

    I WANT MY TIME BACK. I'm just thankful I didn't have to pay for this shit.

    If this book was on fire and I have a bowl of water, I would drink the water

    Let's break it the fuck down, shall we?

    1.the beginning

    the beginning was bomb as hell. It started off with a fucking bang and I was hooked. but as you can see from my one star rating, it went downhill.

    2.The idea

    ok fine the idea, the premise is interesting.

    3. ya that's it

    SIS WE CAN GO FOR HOURS BUT LET ME LIST SOME.

    1.The main characters.

    They're just basically two cats in heat. I feel 0 connection, I find their personality as lovely as a dead rat on the road. What is wrong with you idiots??

    a) Eliana

    bitch ass was supposed to be the tough bounty hunter and shit she even got the title of "the dread of orline." Nah Eliana is the typical "strong" "deadly" special snowflake ya mc with a personality of a goldfish. I cant stand her. I honestly feel like the author was trying to recreate Aelin from throne of glass. I hate Aelin but at least I can still read about her

    b) Rielle

    i literally just sighed before I typed this. Ok. She's a mess. a mess. and not even a hot one. This bitch literally cares nothing other than "I'm so powerful" and how much she want to suck Audric's earth shattering penis. she's the definition of a cat in heat.

    2. The plot

    WHAT THE FUCK IS EVEN THE FUCKING PLOT TO EVEN FUCKING BEGIN WITH?

    3.The Pacing

    Watching paint dry is less boring than reading this

    4.The Bi rep

    A bi rep sounds hella interesting right? Well prepared to be hella fucking disappointed.

    Eliana is Bi and (Rielle is may or may not be?? issa mess)

    What I hate is that these two bitches are thirsty as hell. tbh it just enforced the whole "Bi people are promiscuous" thing. I absolutely hate it. I mean Eliana would honestly fuck anything I'm done.

    5.The smut

    The ground literally shook when she came. if that doesn't make you laugh idk what will. I read better Draco Malfoy smut on wattpad back when I was twelve. How the fuck is this even ya??? literally half of this book is talking about how these two horny girls wanting to fuck.

    6.The worldbuilding

    I don't even know what I don't know

    This was supposed to be

    release of 2018. but nooooooo. I'm so disappointed I want to scream.

    I honestly want nothing more than to throw this book into a well.... full of gasoline... I'll bring the match.

    I'm honestly tempted to make a "I hate furyborn" club. Just so I can yell and rant and scream about this trash

    ok adios I'm done

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  • may ➹ (hiatus)

    There are books I will never be able to remember even if my life depended on it, and there are books that I wish I didn’t remember.

    I enjoyed (very few) parts of it? I hated others of it? I was confused about it, but also really bored, and I found it hard to actually care about it sometimes? (So basically, everything I feel towards myself.) I’m just a whole bunch of negative emotions right now.

    A list of what disappointed me:

    There are books I will never be able to remember even if my life depended on it, and there are books that I wish I didn’t remember.

    I enjoyed (very few) parts of it? I hated others of it? I was confused about it, but also really bored, and I found it hard to actually care about it sometimes? (So basically, everything I feel towards myself.) I’m just a whole bunch of negative emotions right now.

    A list of what disappointed me:

    And here’s a list of what didn’t disappoint me:

    I think that the problem with this book is that it has such an interesting and fabulous premise. There are so many tiny aspects of this world and the story taking place that are so fascinating, and

    .

    Those aspects really could’ve been amazing also if the book had not been 400+ pages long.

    Even worse, it was told through alternating viewpoints, making it even longer. Rielle’s chapters were mainly about very similar trials that we knew she would complete, so they were boring. Eliana’s chapters were filled with lots of action, but it was all pointless, with no ultimate goal to everything that was happening.

    The beginning was super !! good !! and it was actually interesting !! The prologue got me instantly hooked*. The first few chapters were action-packed and well-paced. And then suddenly we get to a point in the book where things start to drag and

    . A shock.

    So, so good. But again (like everything else in this book!!!), the actual writing of them failed and whatever emotion I felt towards them at the beginning slowly faded away after the numbing apathy that comes when you have to read 500 pages of something you don’t like.

    Rielle is a woman whose magical powers are discovered after a certain incident, and she is forced to complete trials to prove those powers. She is written as a good-person-soon-to-turn-evil, so this gives off the impression throughout the book that she is a morally grey character. Except… is she? Is she really anything but a character who alternates between lusting after a prince and an angel?

    She also just got on my nerve a lot. I don’t know what it was about her, but there was something in the way that she was written that just made her SO annoying. And also, I can’t define any personality traits of hers. None. (Besides annoying.)

    Eliana is a bounty hunter who kills to survive. But an attempt to write her as if she is three-dimensional, or the least bit interesting, fails, and she is instead written in two dimensions: One is the “I kill everyone and I fear no one and you can try to hurt me and you will FAIL” side, and the other is the “I am so guilty about everything and I’m going to get really angsty and I’m also going to do something reckless” side. It uhhhhh doesn’t work well.

    She was a slightly better character than Rielle, in my opinion, but just like Rielle, it’s very hard to actually get an idea of what her character is like?? Because she is nothing but bland??

    I’m grouping these three together because they were the love interests. First of all: THAT SEX SCENE NEVER HAPPENED I DO NOT CLAIM IT. Second of all: There is a really weird love triangle between Rielle, Audric, and Corien. Except Rielle doesn’t want to be attracted towards Corien, but can’t help it. (Oh yes, totally healthy.)

    The romance between Eliana and Simon was weird, unnecessary, had no chemistry, and also, had a suspicious age gap (8 years). I found myself in between levels of “dislike” and “I don’t care” about all of these characters.

    These are the only two people I claim. Remy is a poor smol who deserves better, and Navi is a GAY ICON I TELL YOU SHE IS GAY SHE IS GAY

    .

    Okay, and now the rant regarding… the bi rep, which was

    One main character is said to have flirted with both men and women, but that’s the only mention of it. There is nothing else to suggest that she is actually attracted to both men and women. Bi women can flirt however they like, of course!! But just

    .

    And the second main character mentions that in the past, she has had sex with both men and women in order to get information… but that doesn’t equal actual attraction. She also talks about the best lovers she’s had, one male and one female. This can totally mean that she is attracted to women and men! But the way this was written, FOR ME, someone who is attracted to multiple genders, read off as her just enjoying sex with that woman.

    And I don’t mean to shame sex at all—we need more sex positivity in books!! (In fact, though it was a very very strange scene because of the context of it, there was also female masturbation in this book, which is important to be normalized!) But to me, again, one enjoyed experience of sex in the past does not automatically equate to actual attraction.

    (There is, of course, sexual attraction, but not even that seems to be implied.)

    And I’m completely fine with the fact that both of these girls end up with male characters—if they’re bi, they’re bi, and the gender of their partner can’t change that. But

    .

    I also feel like I should mention that I personally felt like other side characters could be queer?? For example, Navi I feel is a SAPPHIC PRINCESS who loves girls, and I could feel romantic tension between her and Eliana. And also Ludivine! Who seems like she had feelings for Rielle!! I have no idea if anyone else got those vibes, or if it will be explored in the rest of the series, so it was probably just my Wishful Gay Thinking.

    (If anyone has specific quotes or anything that clears some of these things up, I’d love to see them! Note that I read an ARC and it may change in final publication. But the way this all read to me as a multi-gender attracted person did not seem like actual bi rep. I PERSONALLY do not feel good calling this bi rep, but

    )

    There is a chance that in the next books, the plot may have an actual point (wow!), the characters may actually be well-developed and fleshed out (omg!!), and bisexuality will actually be clarified and explored (amazing!)… but this particular book did a sore job of it. It’s a big no from me, and

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  • Emily May

    The one question that kept spinning around in my mind as I read

    is

    I didn’t like the characters, the story almost put me to sleep, the stakes were never high enough to get my blood pumping, and the sex scenes made me laugh (not in a good way). I dislike giving one star but there was literally nothing I enjoyed about this book.

    It's just too long, poorly-paced and oh so very boring. I feel like the author tried to channel

    , which is also too long, poorl

    The one question that kept spinning around in my mind as I read

    is

    I didn’t like the characters, the story almost put me to sleep, the stakes were never high enough to get my blood pumping, and the sex scenes made me laugh (not in a good way). I dislike giving one star but there was literally nothing I enjoyed about this book.

    It's just too long, poorly-paced and oh so very boring. I feel like the author tried to channel

    , which is also too long, poorly-paced and occasionally boring, but it still manages to somehow keep me interested. I need to break my notes down into points to try to make sense of them.

    I'm not sure if I found it jarring and confusing because the book jumped quickly from one perspective to the next, not allowing me enough time to connect with either Rielle or Eliana, or if I found it jarring and confusing because these two different perspectives were 1,000 years apart, though the voices remained virtually identical and very little had seemed to change in that millennium.

    If you compare it to our world, 1,000 years ago our world looked a little something like

    but with disappointingly fewer dragons - how could so little have changed in that time frame in the novel? I sometimes couldn't even remember whose chapter I was on.

    Okay, that's decidedly less catchy. But I feel like this is a book of mindless action scene after mindless action scene. It lacked all the other things that give a story some substance-- complex characterization and relationships, world-building, compelling plot. It is 500+ pages of almost constant action and it draaaagggs. If I don't care about the characters or story, I'm just not going to care about the action.

    You know what’s worse than a Mary Sue heroine? TWO Mary Sue heroines. Rielle is deliberately made to sound oh so baaaddd and uber-powerful but I just found her uninteresting. I think the author wanted her to be some kind of complex anti-heroine but instead she just rubbed me the wrong way with her all-powerful super specialness.

    Eliana is pretty much the same. Super special cardboard cutout badass who is known as "the Dread of Orline.”

    I found it confusing to follow at times. I know what

    , but I really struggled to get a sense of what I should be concerned about, want to know, or root for, as I read. Rielle's chapters offered very little tension to me, even though I usually enjoy books with magical trials. Perhaps it was because she was so special that it never occurred to me that she might fail.

    And Eliana's chapters were full of a lot of action but, again, I found it so dry and unexciting. It all felt like yet another forgettable YA fantasy bogged down by a bland romance and mindless action scenes.

    It's just weird, honestly. Sex-positivity is great, the normalizing of masturbation is great, but these characters often act like sex is the most important thing in their world. I felt like all Rielle cared about was banging Audric the bland. I also don’t feel like it always

    sex-positive, especially as Eliana seems to use sex as a form of manipulation most of the time.

    The sex scenes themselves are pretty nauseating and overwritten, with the earth shaking and mist rising (no, seriously) à la

    .

    I don't know about you, but I was eager to read this for the bi rep. I've even heard this being touted as a "bi fantasy" which, having read the book, is a huge stretch. I'm gonna be honest and say I actually missed it the first time and had to go skimming back through the book to find it. The bi rep in this book is like two casual mentions of the MCs having been with women sexually. That's it. Great.

    I was mostly just bored. I think the book has a great premise, but that is by far the best thing about it. There was so much talk of angel wars and fantasy politics and deadly trials, but all that got lost somewhere under everything I didn’t give a crap about.

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