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This is book number 1 in the The Empirium Trilogy series.
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“This book is told in alternating points of view and a thousand years apart. Rielle and Eliana are women unknowingly connected by a looming prophecy spanning between the centuries in which they live. Conspiracies, secret identities, toe-curling romance, and (of course) awesome fighting scenes, Furyborn has it all. And the best part: of these two prophesied queens, one is doomed to end the world and one to save it. If you’re a fan of Sarah J. Maas, Kristin Cashore, or Leigh Bardugo, look no further because here is an instant YA fantasy classic that’ll keep you up into the early hours of the morning.”
— Leah Atlee, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
The first book in the instant New York Times bestselling series, the Empirium Trilogy!
Furyborn is an epic YA fantasy about 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 one of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed as the Blood Queen...unless the trials kill the queen 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.
- Epic fantasy and dark fantasy YA readers
- Fans of To Kill A Kingdom and Ash Princess
- Lovers of dual POVs and epic world building
- Those who enjoy fiction about strong girls and women
The Empirium Trilogy:
- Furyborn (Book 1)
- Kingsbane (Book 2)
- Lightbringer (Book 3)
Praise for Furyborn:
"Set in an immersive world of elemental magic, legendary godsbeasts, and cutthroat assassins, Claire Legrand's Furyborn is an addictive, fascinating fantasy." — Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
A BuzzFeed Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
A Bustle Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018
"A must-read." —Refinery29
"A series to watch." —Paste Magazine
"One of the biggest new YA Fantasies." —Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for children and teens, including the Empirium Trilogy, the Edgar Award–nominated Some Kind of Happiness, the Bram Stoker Award–nominated Sawkill Girls, and The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. A Crown of Ivy and Glass is her debut adult novel.
"Claire Legrand’s Furyborn is as complex as the angels it depicts—captivating and lovely, volatile and deadly. The contrast of elegant, stately court politics with gritty, blood-soaked war is balanced perfectly alongside shifting timelines, blurred prophecies, and a sprawling cast of characters, each more alluring than the last. Furyborn is a sexy, luscious shiver of a book." — Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy
"I tried to stop reading Furyborn and go to bed... then I got up and kept going. Epic in scope, endless in imagination, this book will grab hold of you and refuse to let go." — Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of The Illuminae Files and the Starbound Trilogy
"Furyborn by Claire Legrand is the epic start to a YA fantasy trilogy focused on two very different and fascinating young women, a delicious villain, non-stop action, and heart-pounding romance. A fantastic read!" — Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series
"Immersive and intricate, Furyborn is a kick-you-in-the-teeth and grab-you-by-the-heart tale of two queens." — Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes
"Beautiful, brutal, heart-stopping, and epic, Furyborn is a world to lose yourself in—just bring weapons. It’s dangerous there." — Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone saga
"From the opening pages, Claire Legrand’s Furyborn plunges the reader into a captivatingly imaginative world filled with intrigue and deception. Beauty wars with violence as the stories of these two fierce women intertwine with stunning results. Furyborn will leave you breathless and aching for more." — Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician
"Furyborn is epic and unforgettable. I was immediately captivated by the story of two powerful young women fighting to survive in this vivid, unique fantasy world. A must-read!" — Amy Tintera, New York Times bestselling author of the Ruined trilogy
"Legrand has created magic on every page. Flawed, smart, and fierce heroines kept me dazzled and breathless. Furyborn is explosive and stunning." — Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles and The Jenna Fox Chronicles
"In an epic that spans a millennium, Legrand serves up a veritable feast of magic: mystical beings, ruthless power struggles, and gorgeously cinematic writing that will sweep you off your feet." — Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of the Sea of Ink and Gold series
"A dark yet rousing adventure story that combines passion and danger at every turn." — Booklist
"A page-turner. Readers will find the complex and flawed characters immensely relatable. The two narratives are deftly interwoven, and plot twists will keep teens on the edge of their seats." — School Library Journal, popular pick
"High stakes, epic scope, intense action, and sweeping mythologies. " — Kirkus Reviews
"This first book of a planned trilogy will not supply all of the answers but will nevertheless enthrall fans of epic fantasy. Highly recommended." — School Library Connection, Highly Recommended
"Strikingly vivid prose…the nearly five hundred pages race by in stunning fashion. This is a must-have for fans of Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles (Finnikin of the Rock, or Cashore’s Graceling." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
"This is the first in Claire Legrand’s Empirium trilogy and readers will be left waiting with bated breath for the sequel." — Bookish.com
" For a trip into a wholly new universe in which women are furious, dangerous, and capable of making or ending the world, Furyborn is a must-read." — Refinery29
"This massive novel packs a punch. The characters are passionate and well defined. The worldbuilding is immense, colorful, exciting, and unique. The villains are horrible. The author saves a final twist for the last few pages that throws everything into line and will leave readers thirsting for the next book...This series will find a wide audience among teens, especially those who love Sarah Maas’s The Court of Thorns and Roses." — VOYA Magazine
"An electric plot and enticing characters make Furyborn an absolute page-turner. With characters who never fail to deliver the unexpected and surprises around every corner, this novel is sure to capture readers’ interest and possess it. " — VOYA Magazine
"For those looking for some serious girl power in their "Game of Thrones"-style epics." — USA Today
"We’re already excited to see what else is to follow in Claire Legrand’s new series" — TeenVogue.com