Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Phew, this book took me an absolute age to get through, but that has nothing to do with me disliking the book and everything to do with me starting a new job and having a boatload of e-learning to do.
I must admit, when I first started Furyborn, I was a bit confused. The prologue was all fine and well, I understood that, but then chapter one jumped back to before the prologue, and then in chapter two we jumped forward one thousand years, and I just couldn’t wrap my little head around it.
But once I got the hang of it, once we got little clues here and there as to how our two main characters are linked, I was hooked.
What It’s About
Rielle has spent almost her entire life hiding her extraordinary abilities from the world; because while having control over one elemental ability is celebrated, to have control over all seven elements is unprecedented. But after a failed assassination attempt on the crown prince, Rielle’s abilities are exposed, and she must face seven deadly trials – or be executed. For there are only two people who can wield all seven elements; the prophesied queen of sun and salvation, and the queen of blood and ruin. Rielle must face each trial in order to prove herself as the Sun Queen.
Eliana is a bounty hunter, having long ago learned the art of killing in order to save both herself and her family. She’s a master at what she does, having hardened her heart long ago – and her indestructible body comes in pretty handy too. After her mother becomes one of the many women to randomly disappear, Eliana sets out on a mission to find her. And she might just find herself in the process.
For me, the characters are hands down the best part of the book. The plot is good, the pacing is good, but the characters are excellent. They’re so complex; we don’t have strict ‘Good Characters’ and ‘Bad Characters’ boxes, instead following characters who are both. Sure, sometimes they lean more towards one side than another, but you could never call Eliana the good guy, and you also couldn’t call her the bad guy.
Out of the two POVs, I definitely preferred Eliana’s (that may or may not be more to do with Simon than anything but shush, I’ll get to that). I did like Rielle’s chapters, but I kind of found her trials a bit boring. I’m not sure if that’s because we know that she gets through them (thanks to the prologue), or if I just wanted more of Rielle herself, without having to block herself from avalanches or save her mentor from a fire. I wanted to see how she got to the point where we first met her in the prologue, and I just wasn’t interested in the trials.
I loved Eliana, but she did irritate me at times, especially all her hard talk and thread whenever something didn’t go her way. We get it, pet, you’re a ruthless killer who can gut people without batting an eye.
But I couldn’t help but like her, and so I could overlook her constant threatening for no reason. I loved her character growth, and I still think she has the potential to grow in the coming books.
And I absolutely loved Simon. I was a goner as soon as he came onto the scene.
And then when he immediately started fighting with Eliana?
That, my friends, was the moment I started shipping Simon and Eliana hard.
Has the scarred, brooding, ruthless rebel fighter been done before? Yes. Am I immune to it? No. I lap that shit up.
I loved this book, but I would like to do a reread of it soon because I think that I would enjoy it lots more had I not been under some stress with my new job. I went from reading for five hours a day to only having one hour to read, and because my tbr is practically endless, I was trying to get through it as quickly as I could.
I still loved it though, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where the rest of the series goes.
*thank you to the publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review*