As Sun Queen Rielle is seduced to the dark side, her daughter, Eliana, separated from her by centuries, tries to undo the harm caused by Rielle and to best the angels once and for all. Legrand's masterful sequel to Furyborn (2018) demands the background of the first book as it continues the collision course between the mother and daughter's endeavors to defeat dark angels, who are bent on erasing humans. An omniscient narrator alternates chapters between Rielle and Eliana, but occasionally includes other important characters, such as Corien (aka the Emperor, leader of the angels), Ludivine (a human-sympathizing angel), and Audric (Rielle's lover), among a few others. The two women's stories unfold side-by-side, revealing that Rielle's journey is a quest for seven instruments to help heal a gate protecting humankind from angry angels, while Eliana's is that of an apprentice hero learning her powers. Rich descriptions, near-constant action, and full-bodied characters keep readers riveted, although the few sexy scenes seem dropped in for effect and are not fully integrated into the story. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
A follow-up to the best-selling Furyborn finds the anointed Rielle working to repair the angel Gate and turning spy to protect her beloved prince, while her future successor Eliana races against time to prevent her own corruption and save a dying friend.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Sun Queen Rielle faces new trials as she tries to maintain the Gate and is tempted by the angel Corien, while centuries later, Eliana must choose whether to embrace the crown or reject it forever.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Book two in the New York Times bestselling dark fantasy series, the Empirium Trilogy!
Two queens, separated by thousands of years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.
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.
Perfect for those looking for:
- Epic fantasy with stunning and elaborate world building
- Teen fantasy books for girls
- Strong complex female characters
- An immersive series with an intricate magic system
- Friendship and teen romance books
The Empirium Trilogy:
- Furyborn (Book 1)
- Kingsbane (Book 2)
- Lightbringer (Book 3)
Praise for Furyborn:
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
"Visionary." —Bustle Magazine
"One of the biggest new YA fantasies." —Entertainment Weekly
"Beautiful, brutal, heart-stopping, and epic." —Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer and the Daughter of Smoke and Bone saga