A prophecy nearly a thousand years old is coming true. Rielle knows she’s one of the two queens – the Blood Queen to bring ruin to the kingdom of men, or the Sun Queen to save them when the Angels return – but she’s not allowed to tell anyone.
She’s spent her whole life training to control her gifts. She can control all seven of the elemental magics, something the original saints couldn’t even do. When she loses control, it has devastating consequences for the surrounding people.
Eliana, the Dread of Orline, lives nearly a thousand years after Rielle. She makes her living as an assassin, but with a strange power: she heals from all wounds almost instantly. She doesn’t think much of it until her mother goes missing and the Wolf, a captain in the rebellion against the Empire that rose with Rielle’s fall a thousand years ago, contracts her for a mission to smuggle a foreign princess home.
First of all, this was the first book I finished in the time of COVID-19, so I want to genuinely thank that author (and all authors). It was much-needed entertainment while I’m social distancing. Without your art, we’d all be going insane, so thank you.
My biggest complaint is the ending. I understand that this book was always intended to be the start of a trilogy, but the prologue set up a lot of specific dramatic events, and we don’t get to see them in this book. It feels like an unfulfilled promise. I spent the entire book wondering why Rielle would kill Audric, and it never comes. I kept wondering how Rielle knew Simon was a marque and could save her daughter, and was never given the information to figure it out. The prologue was incredibly effective in capturing my interest, but it’s taking too long to follow through with that.
My struggle with books that switch point-of-view like this is that it’s often too jumpy to get invested in either character’s arcs. I almost wish the first book had been about Rielle, the second about Eliana, and the third about the Second Angelic War (which I’m positive is what is coming up, but have not confirmed). That probably isn’t the perfect solution, but it might’ve helped the plot feel less jumpy.
I like both characters (Rielle and Eliana). I’m not all that invested in what happens to either one of them, but I like them. They feel like acquaintances whose stories I’m happy to listen to when I see them out and about. They’re both strong and opinionated, so I like listening to them. I have a lot of confidence in their ability to solve their respective problems, which may not make them more compelling, but does make me like them better.
Corien provides a useful tie across both timelines. It’s interesting to see how he fleshes out in both realities. I also like the addition of other angels that are not interested in revenge for being trapped, but I do wonder at their motivation, though? I understand not being angry, but why actively help the humans? And why actively press out of the Gate to aid the humans?
Again, my biggest complaint is that everything feels unresolved. I understand that it’s a purposeful lack of resolution, but it still feels unfulfilling. Furyborn gets 3 out of 5 stars from me because it’s fun, but not stellar. People who like Red Queen will like this a lot (in fact it’s strongly reminiscent of Red Queen, but with much better writing), but folks who are uncomfortable with sex scenes may find some events uncomfortable to get through. I look forward to reading the second book and hopefully getting some closure.