Furyborn, by Claire Legrand, should be right up my alley. After all, I love a good fantasy novel, I love courtly intrigue, and I love strong women. I didn’t, however, love this book. I didn’t hate it, either.
The book shifts between the point-of-view of two women, a thousand years apart, and each firmly stuck in the middle of their own version of political and celestial intrigue. One is a noblewoman with extreme magical power kept cloistered and protected by her father after an accident killed her mother when she was a toddler. The other is an assassin who grew up poor, working for a tyrant she despises so that her family can survive. At
For the noblewoman, Rielle, within the first few pages my immediate reaction was “Someone watched too much Avatar.” Though magic is a normal part of her world, she is a “chosen one”, who can wield the powers of all of the elements. (Most people of magical talent can only use one
The more interesting of the two women is Eliana, the assassin, one thousand years into the future in a world where no one believes in magic anymore, a woman with
The villains of the piece are Angels, godlike beings that can enter and control the minds of humans. Here are the true sociopaths, manipulating the very people they claim to love, and here also is where the author does shine. Her angels are truly terrifying and seem (at first, at least) impossible to defeat, as if the only way to fight is to destroy yourself before they can destroy you. They were intriguing and truly alien in thought and behavior, as such a non-human being would have to be.
Overall, my opinion of the book is a resounding “It Was Okay.” It did
My rating: 3.5 of 5 cups
Disclaimer: I received this book for free as an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This has in no way impacted my review of this book.