The opening scenes of Furyborn start where it all began — the story of a mother, Rielle, who only wishes to protect her child and sacrifices herself along the way. The landscape is created in the reader’s mind with no connection to what is happening, making it confusing. It takes the reader a minute to fully understand what is happening, but it is all worth the wait.
“The Gate will Fall. The Angels will return and bring ruin to the world. You will know this time by the rise of two human Queens – one of blood, and one of light. One with the power to save the world. One with the power to destroy it. Two Queens will rise. They will carry the power of the Seven. They will carry your fate in their hands. Two Queens will rise.”
The unknown setting starts to build itself through the eyes of the audience. The universe of magic wielders, kingdoms and an unheard of religion– a religion that dives the novel into the sphere of angels and prophecies.
First, the reader is settled in with Rielle and then dropped off a millennia later in the world of Eliana. It is time to start understanding the place Eliana is in, where the Empire reigns and are the sole contributors to her home’s prophetic doom.
The story hits an upkick and introduces best friends, lovers and family. Rielle grows into a powerful queen who loves her prince and Eliana grow into a fighter who loves her long-lost savior. It all sounds too cheesy, but in its place is a beautiful love story, even if all of it comes second to the action of the story.
Legrand illustrates two worlds: one vibrating with magic and the other drained of it. Rielle, a prophesied queen, exposes her powers in sacrifice of saving her true love’s life. The actions of Rielle exposes her to the gruesome trials of the seven elements.
Then there is Eliana, who comes a thousand years later. The setting of Eliana’s world is conquered by overbearing forces known as the Empire.
“We live in a world where good kings die and those foolish enough to hope for something better are killed where they stand.”
Eliana learned the skills of an assassin growing up– a choice she only made in order to save herself and her family. There is the question of if she decides to continue to save herself or join the rebellion, a force with the intentions to restore the old powers and unite the prophecy queen with the throne.
The two perspectives may have caused some frustration, but it also allowed a puzzle to be pieced together. Through the eyes of both women, there is something revealed from the other’s side. It is amazing and tricky, but very fulfilling to understand what is happening in the novel.
The romance is something to highlight, but it doesn’t compare to the two worlds Legrand built. The worlds are incredibly complex and so are the characters. The stories of Rielle and Eliana portray some of the hardest challenges humans face in the most unique way possible.
“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle,” he said, his voice rough. “That is what it means to be human.”
Furyborn, by Claire Legrand, marks the beginning of the much anticipated Empirium Trilogy. The story follows the journey of two young females centuries. It becomes a story of prophecy that involves the women, who are said to be the destroyer and remaker of worlds.