Tuesday, June 11, 2019

My Thoughts: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (Audiobook)

(Empirium #2)
by Claire Legrand
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Publication Date: May 21st 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 608
ISBN: 9781492656654
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy / Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I was super excited when an advanced copy of Kingsbane by Claire Legrand arrived on my doorstep, as I had read Furyborn, the first book in the Empirium series, when it was released last year and really enjoyed the story. I was super curious to see what was going to happen next in this anticipated sequel, and I’m beyond thrilled with how much I enjoyed this book.

One of the things that I like most about this series is the characters. There are A LOT of awesome characters in the first book, and we get to meet even more as the story goes along with this second book. Rielle has always been my most favorite character in the book, but I am also Eliana’s story as well. And since each of these characters have two different, yet entwining storylines in the book, you have double to reason to be hooked on their stories. The book has some pretty interesting secondary characters as well, some of who have interesting twists as well.

Another thing I really like about this book (and series) is the storyline. It’s definitely addictive, and will keep you hooked as you turn the pages to see what is going to happen next. For some reason I thought this was only a two-book series, but after Kingsbane ending with a pretty massive cliffhanger, I was very pleased to discover that there will be a third book in the series. (Yay!) I will be most definitely be waiting to get that book asap, as I really need to know how this story is going to end.

I also want to add that while I started reading the print version of this book, I ended up also listening via the audiobook after listening to a quick sample. The narrator, Fiona Hardingham, does an absolutely wonderful job telling the story in audio, and very much enjoyed listening to her as she narrated the book. She also narrates the audiobook for Furyborn, so if audiobooks are your thing, you may want to check this series out in audio as well!

Overall; Kingsbane was a wonderful follow-up to Furyborn, and I now need the next book in the series, which is currently untitled but set to release sometime next year. If you’re a fan of fantasy stories, I definitely recommend you check out the books in this series, as well as Sawkill Girls, which is another of Claire’s books that I read and LOVED. These books definitely make me want to read more of Claire’s books, and I do believe I will have to check out some more of her books as soon as possible.

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