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Furyborn
The Empirium Trilogy Series, Book 1
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "Set in an immersive world of elemental magic, legendary godsbeasts, and cutthroat assassins, Claire Legrand's Furyborn is an addictive, fascinating fantasy." —...
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! "Set in an immersive world of elemental magic, legendary godsbeasts, and cutthroat assassins, Claire Legrand's Furyborn is an addictive, fascinating fantasy." —...
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  • THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

    "Set in an immersive world of elemental magic, legendary godsbeasts, and cutthroat assassins, Claire Legrand's Furyborn is an addictive, fascinating fantasy." — Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

    Two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

    When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

    One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart 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.

    A thrilling, dark fantasy perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black!

    Additional 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
    "One of the biggest new YA Fantasies." —Entertainment Weekly
    "Empowering." —BuzzFeed

 

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  • Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, Winterspell, and The Empirium Trilogy. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit claire-legrand.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 19, 2018
    This fantasy trilogy opener from Legrand (Foxheart) introduces teenagers Rielle Dardenne, a Celdarian, and Eliana Ferracora, a Venteran. Many Celdarians are able to magically control a single element, but Rielle can secretly manipulate all seven. According to legend, this means she is either the Sun Queen, who can save the world, or the Blood Queen, who can destroy it. When Rielle reveals her talent by single-handedly saving the crown prince from invaders, the king imposes a series of deadly trials designed to test her strength and prove her loyalty. A millennium later and a continent away, assassin Eliana ponders the source of her preternatural healing abilities while hunting insurgents for the Empire. When her mother vanishes, Eliana offers tactical assistance in exchange for information, thus altering the course of her future. Action and steamy romance abound, but character development takes a back seat to worldbuilding and an excessively complicated mythology. Legrand cleverly intertwines her protagonists’ seemingly discrete storylines, which unfold in alternating chapters, but her plot is overstuffed; a conclusion lacking resolution or closure will leave invested readers eager for the next installment. Ages 14–18. Agent: Victoria Marini, Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2018

    Gr 10 Up-Set in the fantasy world of Aritas, this novel alternates between the stories of two dynamic young women. Rielle is forced to use her elemental magic in order to save her best friend, the Crown Prince, during a disastrous horse race. In response, the King forces her to undergo seven trials to discover if she is the Sun Queen, a long prophesied savior of their people, or the Blood Queen, bringer of destruction. One thousand years in the future, Eliana is a bounty hunter working to keep her family alive in a kingdom long conquered by the Undying Empire. When her mother disappears, she has to decide if joining the rebels or ingratiating herself to the Empire will give her a better chance of bringing her family back together. By the time Eliana is coming of age, the stories of magic, angels, and Saints are thought of as myths, but Eliana will learn that there is still a cosmic battle being waged that she and Rielle have both fought in their own ways. The book gets off to a slow start due to the large amount of world-building devoted to the planned trilogy. However, once the story truly gets underway, it quickly becomes a page-turner. Readers will find the complex and flawed characters immensely relatable. The two narratives are deftly interwoven, and plot twists will keep teens on the edge of their seats. Frank descriptions of masturbation and a graphic sex scene make this appropriate for older teens. VERDICT A good choice where Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Kate Elliott's Court of Fives are popular.-Sunnie Scarpa, Wallingford Public Library, CT

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    Two girls separated by a thousand years are connected by a prophecy.In a prologue, readers learn that pale-skinned Queen Rielle has killed her husband, the biracial Audric. She gives birth to their baby while a war between angels and humans rages. To keep the infant safe from the angels' leader, light-skinned Corien, Rielle desperately charges a child with magical abilities to use his gifts to flee with and protect her--with mixed success. Later chapters alternate between telling Rielle's story and flashing forward 1,020 years to focus on olive-skinned Eliana. Following a childhood tragedy, Rielle hid her staggering ability to control all seven elements until a threat against her beloved Audric caused her to reveal her gifts, prompting the Magisterial Council to impose seven trials to determine whether she was the Sun Queen or Blood Queen spoken of in prophecy. While readers start off knowing her story's end, a steamy romance and devious twists along the way pack surprises. Eliana, meanwhile, is a deadly bounty hunter--serving an evil empire in order to protect her own family--who gets mixed up with rebels when her mother is abducted. The rigid, cliffhanger-heavy chapter structure is supported by breakneck pacing and constant action. The ending leaves neither storyline resolved.High stakes, epic scope, intense action, and sweeping mythologies. (element guide) (Fantasy. 15-adult)

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  • Booklist

    February 15, 2018
    Grades 8-12 Sun Queen Rielle was both savior and scourge, but her dying act was pure love: saving her only child from discovery by an ancient enemy, the angel Corien. As Eliana grows up among ordinary people, she notices differences in herself but has no explanation for them until she becomes part of the rebellion against the Undying Empire. There she meets Simon, who is strange and yet somehow familiar to her, and who is bent on saving her life at all costs. Intertwined stories of mother and daughter, told in alternating high-octane chapters, tease readers to discover which woman is truly the Sun Queenwho will save the worldand the Blood Queen, who will end it. Legrand excels at world building, deftly integrating the religion and history of this imaginary world into a dark yet rousing adventure story that combines passion and danger at every turn. Juxtaposing the mother's past with the daughter's present provides a unique way to get to know memorable characters. A world map and a chart of the elemental (religious) temples are included.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series "Set in an immersive world of elemental magic, legendary godsbeasts, and cutthroat assassins, Claire Legrand's Furyborn is an addictive, fascinating fantasy. Truly not to be missed, this story of two fierce queens battling their way across two different eras will have you on the edge of your seat."
  • Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy "Claire Legrand's Furyborn is as complex as the angels it depicts-captivating and lovely, volatile and deadly. The contrast of elegant, stately court politics with gritty, blood-soaked war is balanced perfectly alongside shifting timelines, blurred prophecies, and a sprawling cast of characters, each more alluring than the last. Furyborn is a sexy, luscious shiver of a book."
  • Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of The Illuminae Files and the Starbound Trilogy "I tried to stop reading Furyborn and go to bed... then I got up and kept going. Epic in scope, endless in imagination, this book will grab hold of you and refuse to let go."
  • Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series "Furyborn by Claire Legrand is the epic start to a YA fantasy trilogy focused on two very different and fascinating young women, a delicious villain, non-stop action, and heart-pounding romance. A fantastic read!"
  • Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes "Immersive and intricate, Furyborn is a kick-you-in-the-teeth and grab-you-by-the-heart tale of two queens."
  • Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone saga "Beautiful, brutal, heart-stopping, and epic, Furyborn is a world to lose yourself in-just bring weapons. It's dangerous there."
  • · Mary E Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles and The Jenna Fox Chronicles "Legrand has created magic on every page. Flawed, smart, and fierce heroines kept me dazzled and breathless. Furyborn is explosive and stunning."
  • Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician "From the opening pages, Claire Legrand's Furyborn plunges the reader into a captivatingly imaginative world filled with intrigue and deception. Beauty wars with violence as the stories of these two fierce women intertwine with stunning results. Furyborn will leave you breathless and aching for more."
  • Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of the Sea of Ink and Gold series "In an epic that spans a millennium, Legrand serves up a veritable feast of magic: mystical beings, ruthless power struggles, and gorgeously cinematic writing that will sweep you off your feet."
  • Amy Tintera, New York Times bestselling author of the Ruined trilogy "Furyborn is epic and unforgettable. I was immediately captivated by the story of two powerful young women fighting to survive in this vivid, unique fantasy world. A must-read!"
  • TeenVogue.com "We're already excited to see what else is to follow in Claire Legrand's new series"
  • Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles and The Jenna Fox Chronicles "Legrand has created magic on every page. Flawed, smart, and fierce heroines kept me dazzled and breathless. Furyborn is explosive and stunning."
  • School Library Journal, popular pick "A page-turner. Readers will find the complex and flawed characters immensely relatable. The two narratives are deftly interwoven, and plot twists will keep teens on the edge of their seats."
  • School Library Connection, Highly Recommended "This first book of a planned trilogy will not supply all of the answers but will nevertheless enthrall fans of epic fantasy. Highly recommended."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review "Strikingly vivid prose...the nearly five hundred pages race by in stunning fashion. This is a must-have for fans of Marchetta's Lumatere Chronicles (Finnikin of the Rock, or Cashore's Graceling.

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  • Bookish.com "This is the first in Claire Legrand's Empirium trilogy and readers will be left waiting with bated breath for the sequel."
  • Refinery29 " For a trip into a wholly new universe in which women are furious, dangerous, and capable of making or ending the world, Furyborn is a must-read."
  • VOYA Magazine "This massive novel packs a punch. The characters are passionate and well defined. The worldbuilding is immense, colorful, exciting, and unique. The villains are horrible. The author saves a final twist for the last few pages that throws everything into line and will leave readers thirsting for the next book...This series will find a wide audience among teens, especially...

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