Hello and happy Thursday, you guys! Today I get to be one of three people to officially kick off the Kingsbane blog tour to celebrate the release of the upcoming release of the sequel to Furyborn by Claire Legrand! I’m still pretty amazed that I even got a chance to be part of this tour, so I want to make sure I give proper thanks to the publisher for having me and for sending me a review copy of Kingsbane to read early. It meant a lot to me. 🙂
In no way did that influence my rating or overall feelings for this particular book though. I honestly enjoyed it a ton and am so glad I asked to review this as I might’ve just found a new series to love.
Up next, I’ll share a synopsis for Furyborn with you guys to make sure we avoid any and all possible spoilers for Kingsbane (this review is going to be spoiler free too, by the way!), so we all know what this trilogy is about. 🙂
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows 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 a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her 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. (via Goodreads.com)
Discussing Plots Points & Writing
You guys may have noticed that I’ve been having a lot of fun with my newer reviewing format and we’re definitely going to go that way here too as it allows me to stay spoiler free more easily.
Easy To Read Writing – Furyborn and Kingsbane are the first books I’ve ever read by Claire Legrand and while I’ll usually find it a bit difficult to get familiar with an author’s writing style, none of that happened here. I was able to get into the writing rather quickly and easily and I’m forever grateful for that. Especially since it made one of my least favourite aspects of starting a new series much easier: getting through world-building.
And it’s not like the world-building was too much or too difficult to get into, it’s just an overall me thing. I actually enjoyed getting to know the world and it’s magic system and am looking forward to learning even more in the last book.
Periods And Birth Control – Here’s the thing, so often in the fantasy books I read (which are almost always female lead) the topic of periods and birth control rarely come up. The only book I can think of at the top of my head is Throne Of Glass which had two different scenes talking about the main character being on her period and that might just be it. I loved that Claire brought this topic up here. It was done absolutely naturally which is always a big plus too.
And on top of that? We’re talking about birth control too. I’m almost 100% certain I’ve never heard that mentioned in the fantasy novels I’ve read. And what I loved even more was the fact that the male character talked about how he should’ve thought about it too. It’s both parties’ responsibility and I think it was handled really well here.
Sex And Female Pleasure – Since we were just talking about birth control and it being brought up after the fact, I figured we’d quickly talk about how sex is dealt with in this trilogy too. I really enjoyed the fact that Claire put importance on female pleasure in the sex scenes throughout the book – I feel like too often the focus will be put on making just the man feel pleasure when it should be something that’s equal.
No Cattiness – I still expect female characters to be mean and rude to each other for absolutely no reason (guess I’m still used to that being the norm from years ago) in the books I read so it’s always a pleasant surprise whenever they’re not doing either of the things. And while female characters don’t always get along perfectly from the start, usually it’s called for for either of them to distrust the other or for being careful.
You Are Responsible For Your Own Destiny – Here’s probably one of my most favourite discussions in books: who’s in charge of your destiny. Is it predetermined by the people who raised you? Is it your environment? Is it you? All of the things combined? Whenever that’s a topic that gets discussed I find myself super intriguied and rooting for the character currently in the middle of trying to figure it out and it was no different here. I loved how it was discussed here and the journey the character went on to come to their conclusion on the issue.
Powerful Female Characters – This book is filled with so, so many women in powerful positions it’s awesome! And these women are also different and strong and powerful in their own rights which was super fun to read about too.
Here’s something I realize as I type out this review: I flew through this book so quickly that my thoughts aren’t all 100% clear to me anymore. I made a couple of notes on my phone but they were quite short and undetailed which I’m regretting at the moment.
But I truly really enjoyed this book and trilogy so far and cannot wait to read the next book – it’s bound to be quite the ride, especially since we kind of know where the story is headed thanks to the very beginning of Furyborn and I need to know how we get from the end of Kingsbane to that chapter in Furyborn.
The only complaint I ever really had with this book was the fact that the big ‘plot twist’ (if it was even supposed to be one) was super obvious so learning about it was more of a ‘duh’ moment rather than anything else. But! I feel like the author expects you to know where this trilogy going? Especially if you’re an avid reader and know how certain plots turn out in the end.
Rating & Release Date
Overall, I ended up giving Kingsbane a total of 4.5 stars and you can get your hands on this book starting May 21st, 2019 so mak sure you do! Request it at your library, borrow it from a friend, but it from your local bookstore – whatever works for you!
Now it’s time for the most fun part of this post: the international giveaway! I’m so, so excited to be able to give one of you guys the chance to win this book and to make sure someone else out there reads this trilogy and hopefully falls as much in love with it as I have.
And it’s super easy to enter too! All you have to do is share this post on your social media account (Twitter is probably easiest) and leave me a comment down below with a link to where you shared it. That’s it!
This giveaway runs until May 23th, 2019. Once the blog tour wraps up, I’ll pick one winner and contact them (please make sure I can get in touch with you!) to ask for their address which I’ll then send to my contact at the publisher who will get the book mailed to you! 🙂
This is my first official post back after my hiatus so I hope you guys don’t mind that it’s a review – I did make it a bit sweeter with that giveaway though, right? 😉 I can’t wait to fully get back to blogging and sharing content with you guys come next week. 🙂
Have you guys read Furyborn and are you going to pick up Kingsbane? Or has it been sitting on your TBR for way too long now too because that was definitely the case for me. *hides away* But as I said in my review, I’m so, so glad I asked for this review copy because I’ve found a new series to love and had a fantastic time reading Kingsbane – you should see my review copy, it’s filled with fun tabs and notes! 😀