Today I’m going to be reviewing a book from NetGalley that is…oh, I don’t know, months and months overdue. But. Story of my life. I’ve accepted who I am as a person. Let’s continue.
Genre: YA Fantasty
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.
This story once again follows Rielle Dardenne and Eliana Ferracora as their lives continue to unfold in their respective timelines. Rielle, attempting to collect the seven hidden castings and Eliana running from who she truly is becoming.
The first 65-70% of this book was extremely drawn out for me. For instance, most of Rielle’s chapters followed her love for Audric, but her denying the desire to want Corien to be apart of her life. It felt like very little happened with her and the story of the saint’s hidden castings fell by the wayside often to discuss Audric and Corien.
On the other hand, in most of Eliana’s sections, she slowly began to feel less like the character we knew in Furyborn. She turned inward so deeply with self-hate and loathing for who she is that most of her time was spent trying to deny everything, shove it down inside of her, or have outbursts at others around her. It felt like both women swapped roles from Furyborn to “now”. Eliana was no longer the Dread I was relatively fond of, and Rielle was become less caring and a little colder. Maybe that is the point, so take my thoughts here with a grain of salt. But, I didn’t like how it played out for both of them for the majority of the story and how it detracted from where the story was supposed to be heading. On a different note, I did find that Simon was becoming one of the few characters I enjoyed learning more about in Kingsbane.
Despite chugging through most of this story not caring much for the same relationship-based topics to be replayed over and over, I was finally drawn into the actual action that began in the last section of the book. I was not prepared for that ending at all. We have betrayals, anguish, darkness, challenges, and a lot more in the last few chapters of this story. Watching that unfold was intense and left the story with a cliffhanger I had not seen coming but felt I maybe should have guessed long ago. Still, it left me perplexed as initially, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish the trilogy when the third book comes out. That cliffhanging ending may have changed my mind and saved the first part of this story.
Would I recommend this book? Well, it depends. If you are starting Furyborn and find you’re zipping right through the story, then yes, because you will love the ending of this book. If you feel like you are dragging yourself or did drag yourself through Furyborn, then no, because you will only do the same thing in book two.