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(Empirium #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,454 ratings  ·  919 reviews
In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is f
Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Whitney Atkinson
this book somehow deserves the electric chair and 5 stars at the same time
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Just don’t even talk to me about this book right now!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I did not expect a cliffhanger ending, so be warned!

This sequel took on a much darker tone than book 1, and the women are being challenging continuously. Although the story itself tells you what’s supposed to happen in the future, it still manages to allow you to hold onto hope that maybe it won’t get that bad, even as things are going to shit around the characters. The villain origins this story has is unlike any other. I also adore that the main characters are both angry women, and
chan ☆
Apr 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
kick me in the teeth, i'm ready for this fcking book
Again, I am so sad to be giving another book in this series only 3 stars, but I just had so many issues with it and it was extremely hard for me to get through. I kept losing interest and didn't want to finish. Which is sad because I love the core idea of this trilogy. There's just so much going on that it really disrupts the flow of the book. Also, there will probably be spoilers of the first book.

In Furyborn we were introduced to Rielle and Eliana- two "Queens" who were somehow connected to e
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
😱😱😱😱😱😱 I can't believe this!!!!
And now we're supposed to wait for a year?!??!?
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally threw this book across the room when I ended it and then I proceeded to text my friend along the lines of "WHAT DID I JUST READ?! DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN?!?! HOW CAN I WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK?!?!"
I won't say anything else about this book cause spoiling things for others is the absolute worse...but you need to get this book AS SOON AS IT HITS THE SHELVES....I want eve
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
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Thanks so much Midas PR for a copy of both Furyborn and Kingsbane!

In a way I'm glad I missed reading Furyborn when it initially came out. It just means I got to read it and Kingsbane back to back. Unfortunately, now it means I have to wait an agonizingly long time for the third book.

So, what can I say about this wonderful book? Claire Legrand has a beautiful way with words. Every page is gorgeous. Every chapter meaningful. I loved i
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

First of all I am grateful to Sourcebooks Fire for giving me the opportunity to read this much awaited sequel!

I absolutely adored Furyborn and I could not wait to read Kingsbane!
When Kingsbane landed on my Kindle I think I screamed so loud that I awoke my neighbors.

Sadly I struggled with that story. As it gets many good reviews, I guess it’s a case of “it’s not you, it’s me” . I hope to help you decide if the book still could be your jam and will go with my likes and dislikes


Julie Zantopoulos
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Christina - Traveling Sister
Workin my way back, RTC!
jo ⋆
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Update: read this 2 days ago but i can't stop thinking about it so i'm going to give it 5 stars
Raquel Flockhart
ARC received thanks to a trade on Instagram.

“That she was ⁠. . . the foretold Sun Queen, the daughter of the Kingsbane and the Lightbringer. The Furyborn Child. She had many names, it seemed, and she had chosen none of them for herself.”

This has been a wild ride. I wasn’t sure what to expect about Kingsbane, but I can tell you that what I wasn’t expecting was that my feelings towards the characters would completely change. Although I liked both main characters in Furyborn, I had a clear pref

Rec-It Rachel
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
...well f*ck
Taasia ✨
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-anticipated
Excuse me?

What. Was. That. Ending.


3rd October, 2018:
How did I miss this cover reveal I'm screaming what am I doing.

Honestly, this red hurts my eyes and not in a good way? I have very mixed feelings on the cover (but am now starting to like it more and more) but I much prefer the first one? I have to admit, my expectations were ridiculously high after the beauty of Furyborn.

Also, there is an excerpt on EW. You're welcome.

July 20, 2018,
If this doesn't come out next year, I'm riotin
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No spoilers in this rapid review of Kingsbane. I liked most of the book and LOVED the ending, so I decided on 4.5 stars. I put this book down and picked it back up several times before I finished it. The crazy thing is, I was never bored. That wasn’t the problem, yet Legrand had to work hard to earn each star from me. If I had to sum Kingsbane up in one word, I would propose “overwhelming.” More about that in a bit.

Kingsbane continues the saga of Rielle and Eliana, a mother and daughter separate
Review to come, but oh - my - god.


Review posted on my blog!

It’s going to be really hard to write a spoiler free review of a second book in a series, but I gladly accept the challenge because this book was everything and more.

I always wanted to read Furyborn but only did so last month. I knew it had great reviews but I never thought I would ever love it as much as I did. In a few words, let’s just say that this series is now my first real favourites of 2019. It has everything I love in fantasy a
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! I hate when I’m affected by cliffhanger endings like this. I need the next book NOW!!

Simon? Really Simon? There must be more to it. I refuse to believe he’s betrayed Eliana in this way.

Harkan, oh poor Harkan. I’m furious that the author brought him back from the “dead” (or when we thought he was dead anyway) just to kill kill again. I cried and I’m sad and angry. He deserved better.

I hated Rielle in this book. I felt like she used Audric and I felt like she could’ve tried a little harder t
4.5 stars

Kingsbane is the second book in the Epirium Trilogy - a fantasy world with a prophecy about the rising of two queens. A Sun Queen - a woman who will bring peace and prosperity, and a Blood Queen - a queen with terrible power and brings death and destruction. Rielle believes she is the Sun Queen but her powers are still growing and she doesn't yet know where they will lead her. And she has evil angel Corien whispering in her head - and he's the only one who appears to truly understand he
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Oct 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Can it be May already please?? 😩
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites
Wow, Kingsbane is a wild ride and that ending!!! I'm kind of dying that I have to wait a year for book 3, but this really was so good. It goes some dark places and the stakes are high, but also there is quite a lot of romance and sex, even more than Furyborn. Although, even that can get a bit dark at times. If you are looking for the steam factor of Sarah J Maas with the in-depth world-building and high stakes of someone like Jay Kristoff (albeit a bit toned down), then I definitely recommend pi ...more
Megan ❀
EDIT: Why did I reread this. Why did I decide to suffer again. These books are so good I CANNOT

Original Review:


I loved this with my entire soul, oh my god.

But folks, this ain't YA. There's so much sex in this book. This trilogy is new adult, for sure.
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019-reads, lgbt-rep
. : ☾⋆ — 4 ★


ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Sourcebooks Fire!!)

okay, wow. this book.

as much as I personally felt a little lukewarm about Furyborn the first time around, I can completely admire and appreciate an objectively well-plotted, beautifully crafted and complex fantasy world for what it is. and this series, first of all, never disappointed on that front. I’ll admit I was a litt
Shelby (Grace with Books)
This was an insane book. Claire Legrand outdid herself with the drama and stakes in this installment and it paid off. While it did get off to a very slow start in my opinion, by the end I was on the edge of my seat, desperate to finish it and see where it all goes.
There were so many insane plot twists and turns that I did not see coming that honestly shocked the hell out of me. I really liked that we got other perspectives throughout the book, not just Rielle and Eliana, but it was really hard t
Joleen (starlightbooktales)
4.5 Stars

Claire Legrand has done it again, she has completely blown me out of the water. I feel destroyed and betrayed. Seriously, what a cliffhanger.

You know the kind of book that is both beautiful and heartbreaking? Yeah, that's how I would describe Kingsbane. It's been days since I have finished the book and I still can't get it out of my head. Claire Legrand is just ridiculously talented and cruel. I mean HOW ARE YOU GOING TO END THIS BOOK LIKE THAT!! With a cliffhanger that intense, I am 10
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
While this review is spoiler-free, if you haven't read Furyborn yet, I'd recommend not reading this review or book synopsis as both have spoilers for book 1.
"With the Fall of the Blood Queen, the magic that had once illuminated humanity's path to the empirium had vanished. And, somehow, Eliana had to find it again. Find it, and control it."
Friends, this was a wild ride of a sequel and if I am being honest took me days to formulate my thoughts on this book (I still don't think I did t
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 🌟

If you liked Furyborn, I guarantee that you will end up loving Kingsbane. Claire Legrand is giving us everything we loved from the first book but better and with all those little details that Furyborn failed to give us.

We find our two protagonists a little bit after the ending of Furyborn. Rielle is trying to make amends with everything that happened after the trials that anointed her Sun Queen but she finds many obstacles, and one of them is Corien's promise for freedom. Eliana is trying to
Jules ✨
corielle saved my dark soul, but simoneliana bled my heart out.
what do you mean the third book comes out next year? is this a joke? is my life a joke to you claire legrand?
i definitely loved it even more than furyborn, the plot twists, the magic. just wow.
eliana definitely became so much interesting in this book - and at times - i even preferred her storyline.

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Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Kingsbane was an intense and wild ride from start to finish. Angels, saints, magic and mayhem collide in the second instalment of the Empirium trilogy. 

“You are the light of the world, and you will guide us home.”

It was a lot of fun to watch Eliana come into her power. She struggles to accept it or even believe that she is the Sun Queen. But more than that she has to contend with the knowledge that her mother is the infamous Blood Queen. Legrand handled this really well because part
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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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