Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Fun Post: An Upcoming TBF Book I'm Dying to Read

Cover May Not Be Final
So many talented TBF authors with upcoming books… how to choose? Somehow I narrowed it down to Furyborn, the first book in the Empirium trilogy, a new fantasy series from Claire Legrand, set to publish on May 22, 2018.

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.

I will pretty much look into any YA fantasy novel that involves the words “dangerous,” “rebel,” “war,” or “kingdom,” but what drew me in the most to this particular novel was the plot- a cosmic war with magic with trials with assassins? I have already read (and reviewed) one of Legrand’s other books and I know this promising plot is in good hands with her straightforward yet thought-provoking writing style. She has also stated that Furyborn and the Empirium series are the books of her heart, and that she took special care in ensuring that her characters are flawed, real, and unapologetically themselves as well as heroic so I'm very excited for Furyborn’s cast. I’m curious how the dual perspectives will work together with the centuries separating them, and since each one seems to follow a different plot-line, I’m sure it will be exciting to read. The reviews I've seen have been full of praise, and recommend Furyborn to fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo. The summary also gave me Red Queen/Ember in the Ashes vibes, other books I thoroughly enjoyed, and Legrand is sure to include her own unique twists and turns as well. In any case, I’m sure Furyborn will not disappoint, and it's definitely a book I would keep an eye on!

PS The cover is gorgeous (even though it might not be final yet)

Be sure to check out Furyborn and meet Claire Legrand at TBF 2018!


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