Number of pages: 512
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4
So this book unexpectedly involved angels and I didn’t hate it!?! Like this was one of my 4 beginning of the year pre-orders, but turns out I knew nothing about it. Thinking back on it now, I’m not even really sure why I pre-ordered it. Turns out Furyborn is the highest rated of my most anticipated reads of the year so far, so at least it worked out.
Furyborn is a very character-driven story. If you hate Eliana and Rielle, you are probably not going to like this one, and they’re hard characters to like. It took me about 100 pages to like Rielle, and it took me until about 50 pages to the end to care about Eliana. They’re both super brash and reactionary, but I understood Rielle’s motivations a lot more than I understood Eliana’s. While Rielle wanted to protect those she loved and be loved, Eliana’s motivations felt hollow. Like she actually puts the people she cares for in danger to pursue the more dangerous and worse option for absolutely no reason.
I also liked the characters around Rielle far more interesting than I liked those around Eliana. Ludvine was the one person who felt a little off to me in Rielle’s time, but that’s actually explained. In Eliana’s time I liked the princess (whose name escapes me, but starts with an N), and I liked her and Eliana’s friendship, but I thought Remy was super annoying, and I didn’t care about Simon.
I thought the fact that the chapters just went back and forth between Eliana and Rielle was a bit annoying. In most two POV books there will be multiple chapters in a row from the same POV, but with this one it just alternated throughout the whole book, and I don’t think it worked. There were moments where there definitely should have been two Rielle chapters in a row, and there were moments were there should have been two Eliana chapters in a row.
I would like to thank this book for showing me what a non-Sarah J. Maas sex scene looks like. Don’t get me wrong, the scene went on for far too long (younger readers be warned), but it didn’t make me nearly as uncomfortable, so there’s that.
I think the world-building was pretty solid. The 7 elements and the fact that regular people needed objects to channel their powers made sense and was well explained. The only thing I found to be poorly explained was why people kept calling Eliana the furyborn. What does that even mean? Does it give her special powers? Does it have to do with her mother specifically? Is there another prophecy involving the furyborn specifically on top the existing prophecy about the two queens? They called Eliana the furyborn like 3 time right near the end, and it’s the title of the book, so it has to mean something, but the term is never explained.
I have other questions that I’m omitting because of spoilers, but for once my questions are convincing me to read book two instead of being the cause of more criticism.
Overall, I enjoyed Furyborn, but it wasn’t perfect. It has therefore earned 4 out of 5 stars.