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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  12,660 ratings  ·  3,402 reviews
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 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, 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 Quee
Hardcover, 501 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published April 15th 2018)
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Vicki (The Wolf's Den) I'd agree with Kate, but want to expound slightly. There is a descriptive sex scene in the book taking up a majority of one of the later chapters.…moreI'd agree with Kate, but want to expound slightly. There is a descriptive sex scene in the book taking up a majority of one of the later chapters. While it isn't anything close to erotica, it's definitely more than I've ever run across in YA before. So mature YA or New Adult.(less)
T.R. Horne Not a bunch of romance but definitely some anxious love...I loved this book and the level of romance, action, suspense. I did video about it on…moreNot a bunch of romance but definitely some anxious love...I loved this book and the level of romance, action, suspense. I did video about it on Youtube under Yoshima Books if you want to see a non-spoiler review. (less)
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Emily May
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, arc, young-adult
The one question that kept spinning around in my mind as I read Furyborn is “why should I care?” 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 Throne of Glass, which is also too long, poorl
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

ARC provided by Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.

“The queen stopped screaming just after midnight.”

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
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sarah J. Maas

In exactly six days, 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
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, fantasy, arc
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure that I present you the best release of 2018.

(Actually it’s a tie between Furyborn and Sky in the Deep. Please don’t make me choose, I love them both.)

Once upon a time, 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
may ➹
1.5 stars

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. Furyborn is one of the latter.

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:

🌹 the bi rep?
🌷 the bi rep
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
Nadhira Satria


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

✨What I liked ✨

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
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2018-books
Well. Here’s to a new season of FANTASY 👏🏻

To say I went into this book with reservations and Z E R O expectations is an understatement because this book is h e l l a f u c k i n g HYPED.

H Y P E D i tell you.

but, bUT, was. really. fucking. GOOD.

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
Claire Legrand
Feb 17, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
These are the books of my heart. I've been working on them for thirteen years.

It's a story about two young women deciding how to use their power--for good or for evil, or maybe to fight a war, or maybe not at all. These girls make lots of mistakes. They fall in love and they tell many lies. They do great things and they do awful things--sometimes to save the people they love. Sometimes to save themselves. Sometimes just for the hell of it.

It's a story about faith--how it can help, and how it c
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.75 stars.


Look, nobody is more disappointed about this rating than me.

The worldbuilding tries to be complex. The plot tries to be complex. But in the end, the problem with Furyborn is the same problem I have every time my university’s exam week rolls around—it tries to excel in an impossible number of things and falls disappointingly short in almost every single one.

I’m just kidding, I’m actually way better at my exams than Furyborn is at establishing compelling characters and plotlines.

Alana • thebookishchick
"We  all have darkness inside us, Rielle. That is what it means to be human."

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an early copy of this!

Plain and simple, I loved this. The premise of this book was so incredibly intriguing to me that even if I had not received a copy of this book I would be racing to the bookstore on release day to get my hands on it. Two Queens that are separated by a thousand years but somehow their lives are intertwined to determine the fate of the world? YES PLEAS
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ pg 210

I normally don't give star ratings to DNFs unless I've put in a substantial enough effort to fully determine my thoughts on the book, but I'd say 200+ pages of effort is enough to justify a star rating for this one.

Do you ever have one of those books that something in your gut tells you, 'You're not going to like this one, but you give it a try anyways? And then within a few chapters, you realize that your intuition was totally right and you never should've bothered? Because that wa
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
RATING: 4.5/5

Well...that was intense! Long review coming through :)

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle 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. A bounty hunter for the Undying
C.G. Drews
Wow there was a heck of a lot going on in this book and I can safely say...I'm exhausted. Like seriously. I finished and took a nap. But I also might be turning a hundred soon, WHO KNOWS. Anyway! I wasn't as enamoured with this one as I hoped so I'll come back for a full review later. For noooow, here is a list:

• I loved BOTH the girls, Rielle and Eliana
• they were honestly slightly wicked, terrifying, badass, powerful and unapologetically them
• which is really refreshing
• although Rielle's sto
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I’d say if your a fan of Sarah J. Maas books I think you would love this!

I do think maybe there was to much action and not enough dialogue and world building but overall was a very enjoyable read!
I definitely will be continuing on with this series and can’t wait for the next book!
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3 Stars

Con ● flict ● ed

Verb: Past tense
Kaylin’s feelings about this book

I could write a review recapping this evil-angel infused fantasy world, or promoting the ‘two-strong-willed-female-protagonists-hundreds-of-years-apart-with-somehow-linked-stories’ but I don’t think there’s anything new I can add to that conversation? Those elements are fun There’s some issues with execution, but nothing that ruins them?

So I’m going to focus on the three things I’m conflicted about. Aka: the things bringing
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I have so many mixed thoughts about this, but overall it was a pretty big disappointment :(
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jan 27, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
I just found out that this is bi fantasy and honestly the fact that I wasn’t notified? homophobia

Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. (Jan 31)
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this first thing this morning and was gonna write a review for it sometime throughout the day, but now I just ate two huge wraps and fell into my bed so I guess it ain't happenin'.
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
TWO QUEENS, one blessed and one wicked. TWO POVS, one of the past and one of the present. TWO KINGDOMS, one fallen and the other a pit of hell. TWO SCRUMPTIOUS BOYS, one is a prince and one is a wolf. Are you in?

We live in a world where good kings die and those foolish enough to hope for something better are killed where they stand.

Mark my words, y'all: this series will go down in book history as one of the most epic YA fantasy series of all time.


Alrighty, let's start you off with th
May 25, 2018 marked it as to-read


Trina (Between Chapters)
You know those books that make you reconsider all your recent 4 and 5 star ratings? THIS IS THAT BOOK. I *thought* I was loving some other fantasy series I've been reading recently, but this filled a hole I didn't even know I had in my life.

There are a couple of things I wish had been fleshed out more but as this is just the first in a series I am sure more of that is coming in future installments.
Let me start by letting you all know that as a reviewer, it is my responsibility to give honest opinions. And I'm about to get real honest with y'all. Proceed at your own caution.

Now let's get to it.

As the title of my review implies, I (personally) believe that this is the single most overhyped book of this year. It seems that everyone and their mother somehow got an ARC of this book and was raving about it.

All that hype, of course, did nothing to settle my nerves and in fact, made me almost cer
Feb 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
I need this BADASS book in my life.!.!.!
Please be good! I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed feelings about this one.
$2.99 on US Kindle, March 28, 2019

My reviews can be found at:

Thank you Edelweiss and publisher for providing a digital copy to read and review!

Okay, where to start (rubs hands together gleefully)... The story is told by switching from two points of view. We have Rielle, the daughter of the Lord Commander Dardenne, who has grown up in the palace of Celdaria with Audric, the prince, and his cousin and betrothed, Ludivine. They are the best of friends until Rielle's po
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

I received this E-Arc via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My ‘Wish’ was granted.


I was highly anticipating this book! A friend of mine had given it a positive review and it sounded so good! Unfortunately it wasn’t good.

The prologue was fantastic! There was murder and general excitement. While yes pretty much everything was spoiled I didn’t mind it. It gave me a reason to continue. It went downhill from there.

Both women annoyed me. I felt that the p
joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
Furyborn: A Recipe
(this cake is 3.75 stars and is also posted here on starburnt reads with pretty pictures):
1. Start with a base full of stabbing, knife wounds, and bloody murder.
2. Mix thoroughly.
3. Add more stabbing and brutality.
4. Add just a pinch of death, but don’t overdo it. Actually, nevermind. Overdo it.
5. Magic. This depends on the chapter you're in, and on what kind of cake you want to make. Either way, add lots of magic or none at all.
6. Sprinkle in the weirdest love triangle I’ve
Amy (libraryofamy)
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-time-faves
“Some say the Queen was frightened in her last moments. But I like to think that she was angry.”

I'm, surprisingly (?), lower my rating from 5 stars to 4.

I still really enjoyed this book, and I still think of it as one of my favorites. However, upon rereading it, I can't pretend it doesn't have its flaws. Sometimes the dialogue is a little cheesy, the character choices a little too out-of-character, and some aspects of the plot and magic system are just a bit weak or unbelievable. When I firs
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
There are some books that are so problematic that they end up making you question the state of the universe.

There are some books that are horribly written, and you wished you didn't bother reading them.

Then we have Furyborn, which was none of the above. So what the heck was it, Aimee?! Calm down, my booknerd friends, I'm getting there! Furyborn, to put it simply, was just so boring and forgettable. Too harsh? Heck, I can't even remember most of the characters' names anymore. Let me get into deta
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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for mid

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“I fear no darkness
I fear no night
I ask the shadows
To aid my fight”
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