Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Two queens, separated by thousands of 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 falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity's long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana's power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother's power, or rejecting it forever.
"A sequel of epic proportions." J.M. Buckler, author of the Seeker of Time series.
My, oh my, how I adored this book. Book two in the Empirium Trilogy picked up right where book one left off. Thank goodness, because Furyborn left the reader on quite the cliffhanger. The stakes are high, and the plot twists are mind-blowing in Kingsbane. Elaina’s growth and Rielle’s downfall are both eye-opening and heart-breaking. I loved reading about the relationship struggles between Rielle and Audric, and Eliana and Simon. I could literally feel their pain. Author Legrand gave each character their own voice. Like the threads of the Empirium, she wove a glittering tale of love and betrayal. I rarely tear up when reading, but Legrand tugged at my heartstrings toward the end of this amazing novel.
The pacing kept my attention; the world-building was magical; the vivid descriptions allowed me to escape reality, and the character development deserves a standing ovation.
Readers: An excellent read for those who love stories of adventure, romance, betrayal, and mind-blowing plot twists.
Writers: An excellent read for those wanting to elevate their craft. Author Legrand excels at romantic tension, imagery, world-building, heated discussions, realistic dialogue, inner turmoil, and beautiful storytelling.
Triggers/Warnings: adult language, adult content
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Completed Read: 10/29/2020