*Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this ARC!*
It's been a while since I've read a new-to-me fantasy series, and I've been completely blown away by Furyborn. Usually I don't like alternating viewpoints, but the ways Rielle's and Eliana's stories intertwined even with centuries between them intrigued me.
Rielle's story does feature a possible love triangle, but I appreciate how Legrand chose not to go the route of girls hating other girls for no reason, and instead gave Rielle a true, strong friendship. She also has a complex relationship with her feelings about her magic and its intersection with her family life, which I would enjoy the possibility of exploring in the future.
Eliana's cold, hard "Dread of Orline" exterior duels with warm feelings for her mother and brother. I admire her tenacity in the face of her entire world changing, and, in the end, her willingness to accept a new reality. I enjoyed Rielle's parts more than Eliana's in the beginning, because of the allure of the elemental trials and the magic, but by the middle, I had come around to Eliana's story.
These two women were fierce and independent each in their own ways, but I do think I enjoyed more of the story after we began to see more of the connection between them and how that will come into play.
I was also interested in the elemental system of magic and its intersection with the Saints. In order to prove herself as the Sun Queen, Rielle had to prove that she had mastered all seven elements by undergoing a trial for each. I've always liked trials, and seeing what distinguishes Furyborn’s magic from other books’ was a treat.
The plot was enthralling, if a bit slow in the beginning. I do think that some elements were unnecessary, such as some of the science-fiction-esque creature-creation in later chapters, and Eliana’s beginning dragged a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery about Eliana’s history, and the suspense of Rielle’s terrifying trials.
Well done, Legrand! I am waiting on the edge of my seat for book 2.
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