The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.
In need of an intense, sexy and badass feminist adventure? This is the book for you.
I really wanted to read this book because the synopsis intrigued me but I didn't let myself have high expectations due to the mixed reviews I've read. I usually love YA Fantasy and was really curious as to which side of the spectrum I would fall under after reading Furyborn. Well, safe to say, there's a new fangirl here!
I was engrossed by the beautiful yet jarring worlds of Rielle and Eliana. Both female leads had their flaws but I was right there with them on their adventures of self-discovery and awakenings. I loved how Rielle was so gently handled in the beginning and how she evolved into an untouchable entity. And on the opposite end, you had Eliana, a ruthless assassin in the beginning who you discover actually has a heart and a gentle side in the end. The way they morphed and became even more dynamic characters than they already were made me yearn for the next book immediately. It was also refreshing to see male supporting characters who were there just for that - support - and let the female characters shine. I personally preferred Simon and his blunt, jagged edges more than Audric and his undeniable holiness, but hey, what girl doesn't love a literary bad boy who really good deep down?
The plot itself was gritty and engaging - a page-turner that would literally keep you up all night to finish it. Almost everything in the story was connected in some way and I appreciated finding those little connections, big or small, throughout my reading experience. The way the characters and their stories all weaved and intersected through centuries was brilliantly done and easy to follow.
I can't wait to read what's next for the Blood and Sun Queens!