“We are more than what’s been done to us. We are more then our anger.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand 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.
Never in my life have I been so thoroughly betrayed by an author. This review is brought to you halfway from the grave because that’s how much this book hurt and there’s a good chance once Lightbringer comes out I will fully be six feet under after I finish it. If you haven’t read Claire Legrand’s Empirium Trilogy…what are you waiting for? But also, prepare yourself because this is truly one hell of ride.
You can find my review for Furyborn HERE.
What I Liked
👨👩👧👦 Multiple POV’s. I honestly can’t remember if Furyborn included more than just the dual timeline with POV’s from Eliana and Rielle, but every now and then some of the characters in Kingsbane would get a chapter or two to themselves and it was such a nice change up. I think it was a smart move on the authors part because it added that much more depth to the story.
💖 Sex positive. I absolutely loved how sex and sexuality were handled in this book and I hope that more YA authors will continue to include content like this in their books. Also, that fact that the author includes multiple instances of Rielle and Eliana having their periods in this story was another plus, I’d love to see this normalized in more YA books as well.
😈 Villains you love to hate. I’ll be the first to admit that I love Corien as a villain. I love, love, love to hate that man. Claire Legrand is able to create such compelling characters that villain or not it’s just easy to love and hate everyone at the same time. It’s pure magic.
📈Pacing. Coming in at a little over 600 pages Kingsbane is quite the intimidating read but at no part in this was I bored. The author does a fantastic job of making the action packed parts impossible to put down and the parts where most books would fall into a little bit of a lull it fills readers in on the backstories we’ve been dying to know about since book one. It was a perfect balance of action and unraveling all the little hidden details within the plot.
What I Didn’t Like
💔 My heart got stomped on. I had an inkling about one of the betrayals in this book but just because I had a feeling didn’t mean it softened the blow any less. Plus, there were still plot twists that I never in a million years would have seen coming. So I don’t know whats worse – having a pit in your stomach knowing you shouldn’t love and trust some of the characters or being so utterly blindsided by a plot twist that a literal knife to your heart would have been less painful.
⏳The wait for the next book. I’d like to think I planned this out nicely that I have to wait only week one for Lightbringer to come out (even less by the time this review goes up) but it is still one week too long after that ending. For those of you who waited over a year for the conclusion my heart goes out to you, I probably would have lost my mind. And yes, I am utterly terrified to see how this trilogy will end. Thoughts and prayers are welcome at this time.