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(Empirium #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  39,818 ratings  ·  6,548 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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Chris Keefe I'm sure I'll catch flak for this reading, but I believe the book's portrayal of sexual and relational power dynamics is fundamentally unhealthy. I wo…moreI'm sure I'll catch flak for this reading, but I believe the book's portrayal of sexual and relational power dynamics is fundamentally unhealthy. I wouldn't recommend the book for anyone still in a formative period of social/emotional development.

There's plenty of sex in contemporary media, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that. Portrayals that normalize healthy, loving intimacy can model healthy real-world relationships. Socially transgressive sexual practices, when approached safely and with full buy-in by the parties involved, can absolutely be a part of healthy, loving relationships. Furyborn, though, is rarely a book about loving relationships, and its romanticization of abuse should be considered before labeling it YA fiction.

Sexuality in this book is tightly bound to dynamics of power and control. The protagonist approximates a strong female lead, but experiences compulsive attraction toward a character that is controlling of her, treats her family/friends/community with extreme violence, and interacts with her in ways reminiscent of stalking behavior.

The "I just can't help but want the bad man" trope is not unique to this book, but that doesn't make it any less unsettling. (See tropes 1 and 3 here: https://www.bustle.com/articles/15487...). Legrand normalizes abusive behavior, and normalizes the idea that love/lust can be inescapable, despite horrible cruelties.

Abusive relationships and emotional entrapment happen, and are probably relatable to many young people. I am not advocating that portrayals of these experiences should not exist, or should be barred to teens. Rather, I'm asking whether it is wise to cast them as titillating fun. (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 Youtub…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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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, an
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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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
Miranda Reads
May 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook

I fear no darkness
I fear no night
I ask the shadows
To aid my fight
Rielle Dardenne is one of the legendary queens - either the queen of light or of blood. Either a queen of goodness, or evil.

She's hidden it her entire life but when one of her friends become threatened, she exposes her powers in front of the king.

Now that the kingdom knows, Rielle must undergo seven trials to prove that she's a queen of light and if she fails - well...let's just say that the kingdom has no use for a blood queen
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
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018-reads, fantasy
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
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
holy smokes. how come i only just recently found out about this book/series!?! i feel like ive been hiding under a rock. lol.

i originally picked this up because i heard there are angels in it and, although i wouldnt necessarily consider this a book about angels, it still met my expectations. and more!

what really got me was how there was not one main character i didnt like. usually with multiple POVs, there is one character who i prefer more than the others. so i was surprised when i found myse
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
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, i-own
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, BUT....it. 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
This book reminds me of the picture on the front of a cereal box. It looks appetizing at first, until you learn that the milk? It's glue.
It also bears resemblance to chocolate Easter bunnies. Sure, they're good, but they're hollow and won't satisfy you for long.

Oh, and did no one else pick up on the obvious similarities between Furyborn and Throne of Glass? Eliana is basically the Walmart version of Celaena Sardothien.

- The Dread of Orline ➼ Adarlan's Assassin
- Harkan = the assassin who doesn
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••
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
alana ♡
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reread: 3/20/20 on audio - enjoyed Eliana’s chapters way more this time than on first read. I’m glad I decided to reread before moving in to book 2, as I forgot more than I realized.
Whitney Atkinson
Original rating: ★★★☆☆
Reread rating: ★★★★★

June 2022

I remain convinced that this is one of the best and most underrated YA series of all time. What this first book lacks in speed and depth, the rest of the series make up for it twofold. I was weeping while rereading this just from the sheer fact of knowing how it ends, so all the foreshadowing and flashbacks were that much more impactful. I can see why I rated it 3 stars the first time around because it keeps you in the dark on some things that e
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!
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
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
Elle (ellexamines)
Jan 27, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Shelves: x-coverporn
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)
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I have so many mixed thoughts about this, but overall it was a pretty big disappointment :(
chan ☆
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
guess who's back
back again
chandler's back
(on her FANTASY SHIT) tell yo friends

it's gonna be real hard for me to objective here. the only other fantasies i've read thus far in 2019 have been cassie clare books & morgan rhodes book. which i adore. but i haven't read a truly ORIGINAL fantasy this year.

and honestly thank fuck for claire legrand. this was phenomenal. and again, maybe i just haven't read fantasy in a while but i don't think that's it. i really do think this was awesome.

first off let'
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: released-2018
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'. ...more
Grace A.
Jan 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
Furyborn is a great introduction to the trilogy. Two queens, a generation apart, tied together by blood and a prophecy. In one generation, a world, free and filled with magic is transformed into a world ravaged by war, very few believe there's such a thing as magic, and killing to survive is a thriving occupation. The only thread between the two generations is the bloodline of the queens, and the villainous, telepathic, evil angel bent on revenge.
Eliana, the 2nd generation queen, need to awaken
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
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.
May 25, 2018 marked it as to-read


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
l 53% l

i should write this review now or i probably never will. although i really don’t know what to say because i have a lot of different thoughts and i don’t know where to start.

i am also forgetting this book rather quickly.

i don’t think that this book was necessarily for me, and while i enjoyed some parts, some aspects of the book annoyed me and overall it had no lasting impact on me whatsoever. having said that, i can 100% see how people adore this book. (i can also see why people hate it,
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

i stand by my original rating, except we’re moving it to 4.25. I really enjoyed it and the writing is really easy to follow and the whole book overall is just such a great read. more thoughts soon in a review maybe.
2/06/18: This was definitely a really fun high fantasy read although it took me quite a while to get through it because it's pretty big but don't let that stop you from picking this one up! I gave this a 4.5⭐

Full RTC but I don't know when😂
Paige ♠
I went in with really high expectations for this and was overall pretty disappointed.

I GOT READING WHIPLASH from reading this book. The chapters were so short - a major event/conflict would happen every 5 pages and then the POV would immediately change. This made it so hard for me to care and feel invested in either character/storyline because anytime something interesting happened we were jerked back to the other POV

FELT LIKE I WAS READING TWO BOOKS at once, with two different sets of chara
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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. Now she is a New York Times bestselling author of darkly magical books.

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 middle grad

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“We all have darkness inside us, Rielle,” he said, his voice rough. “That is what it means to be human.” 52 likes
“I fear no darkness
I fear no night
I ask the shadows
To aid my fight”
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