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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  18,850 ratings  ·  4,321 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. Whi…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 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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Emily May
Jan 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2018, arc
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, an
Cristina Monica
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sarah J. Maas
Shelves: magic, fantasy

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: 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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
Miranda Reads
May 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scribd, audiobook
1.5 stars

The May Reading Vlog (aka tier listing 30+ books) is up! Now that you know where this one ranks, click the link to check out the rest!
The Written Review

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 ki
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.
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
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I have so many mixed thoughts about this, but overall it was a pretty big disappointment :(
Elle (ellexamines)
Jan 27, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
Shelves: z-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)
Whitney Atkinson
Thanks Sourcebooks for the review copy!

3.5 stars

During the first half of this book, I was convinced I would give it 4.5 stars. I was really liking it, and my vlog footage matched that same excitement. but the last 100 pages of this book lost so much steam, it's like the author got tired of writing it and just flung her characters into situations without thinking whether it's realistic or explained enough.

The main character Eliana reminds me so much of Lou from Serpent & Dove. She lives just to
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'.
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
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The prologue of the book strongly reminded me of that of The Wheel of Time. Everything went to hell - figuratively speaking; all thanks to treachery of Lews Therin Thelamon I mean Rielle Dardenne.
Lews Therin Thelamon
She did save her newborn daughter though.

Jump forward 1000 years in time. People had to live with Rielle's choice ever since. A young assassin and bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora paid her bills by doing her noble job of slaying people.
One day she received an assignment of catching a notorious rebel. Sh
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


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'
Helena of Eretz ✰

Wow, am I on a roll with awful reads... :((((
Shelly Strange
$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
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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 librarian and New York Times bestselling author 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 st

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