A Magical Book Review.
Normally I don't get into a book series unless I have all of them to read. Furyborn happened to show up time and time again, raising interest enough for me to go grab an introductory chapter. I liked it, so I went ahead and paid $10 for the full novel. NEVER in my life have I paid so much for an ebook before. The question is, did I find ten dollars worth of satisfaction in book one of the Empirium trilogy?
Furyborn is the telling of two stories. One for the Blood Queen and the other for the Sun Queen. Throughout the novel, you're given excerpts from religions books, journals, prayers and more, concerning the two women. When one arrives, she will be the people's champion but the other follows bringing destruction.
You're given two worlds during two different points of time, but they're connected, thanks to the "prophecy"! Even though you see they're from different times, they're actually from the same! I know that sounds confusing but should I say more, I'll be giving away the process pertaining to the plot of the story. No SPOILERS here!
So what did I think? Was I happy to bounce back and forth with this novel, learning about the two women, their trials and difficulties? I did. I liked what took place because I paid attention. I saw where things were coming from, even if I didn't understand them. I surprisingly found great appreciation in the method of the storytelling. I don't always like bouncing back and forth, the way the author did, for an entire novel, but it worked. I do admit, I grew weary from time to time with it all but it didn't take from the story.
I managed to figure out a few things and that was cool too, no disappointment there, which brings me to what I didn't like. First, it was the back and forth through the entire novel. It irritated me! I know many don't want a story that simply states what's going on, but to go back and forth all the time was way too much for me. Secondly, the way LeGrand wrote made the read feel choppy from time to time. It's like she preferred shot sentences, instead of throwing a conjunction or even a semi-colon in there from time to time. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.
Before I read the novel, many called the book sexy and intense. A little intense, yes but not sexy at all. Where'd they come up with that? Also, it wasn't breath-taking. Something happened rather quickly, to the point I didn't quite understand what I was supposed to be seeing. It happens I guess. The thing is, I didn't see all the pizzaz I'd heard about.
For me, Furyborn was a decent read. I don't know if I'm deep into it enough to spend another ten bucks, or if I want to bounce for another novel in order to see who wins the battle and such. It's just too much bounce. You'll see if you read it. Don't get me wrong, it's good. I just don't know if I'm willing to invest anymore in to it.
Grab yourself a copy while I move on to the next read. Cheers!
Furyborn, book 1 of the Empirium Trilogy
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Released May 2018
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