Author: Claire Legrand
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
SYNOPSIS: 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.
Since I suck at life and have been extraordinarily busy the last few months I have been severely slacking on writing reviews for my recent reads 😭 I read the Kingsbane ARC over a month and am just now sitting down to write my review. I ended up listening to the audiobook this last week to refresh my mind about what all happened because I have the memory of a goldfish and I wanted this review to be truly reflective of how I felt about it!
I do want to point out up front that Kingsbane has a more Adult feel to it than Furyborn did, especially since these are classified as Young Adult. There is a LOT more mature content in this book. I’m not saying this in the sense that I think teens can’t handle it but more of a cautionary statement that if you are not comfortable with some heavy topics and uh, certain scenes that don’t fade to black and are very descriptive, then I would advise against this story.
With that being said though, I did love Kingsbane! You all should know by now I have an undying love for Furyborn and this sequel Did. Not. Disappoint. This story is complex, dense, entirely enticing, and well thought-out. Claire Legrand is weaving a tale that is so rich in world building and character arcs I can’t help but be swept away by it!
I am really big on world building in a fantasy novel and Kingsbane more than delivered. I felt as though we got to see another side of Celdaria throughout this story and I was beyond pleased with it. This world is rich and beautiful while also cruel and cunning. There are magical beasts like you wouldn’t believe and creatures that roam this world that will leave you haunted and happy that you don’t live there as well.
I have read a lot of reviews that give a lower rating because this story is told from multiple POV and spans across a millennia, so a lot of people found it too confusing switching back and forth between POV and the different timelines. This is honestly one of the reasons that I love this story though! I don’t mind the multiple POV, especially in Kingsbane because we get a few extra character’s sporadically than we did in Furyborn. I don’t find it confusing either because the stories end up being weaved together and it is done so very beautifully. I loved watching these two stories come together, and I can’t wait for the third and final book to see what happens!
I know these books aren’t for a lot of people but I want to urge you to give them a try, I truly love these books. While no book is without it’s faults I think Furyborn and Kingsbane are among my favorite fantasy novels. They are brutal and heart breaking and everything in between. If you don’t have time to sit down and crack open a 600+ page book then get the audiobook! It’s on Audible, or at your local library! I listened to both audiobooks and read both physical books. If your library doesn’t have it, request the get it! I want Claire to have as much support as possible for these marvelous books 💖