Kingsbane
Kingsbane
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Series: Empirium Trilogy Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Having become the Sun Queen, Rielle is now exposed to terrible temptations as she seeks to help her loved ones. Centuries later, Eliana faces similar temptations, and fears becoming corrupt like Rielle. Contains mature material. Contains Mature Material
Catalog Number: #184358
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Adult Language Adult Language Mature Content Mature Content
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 587 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-492-65665-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-492-65665-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018052449
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
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.
Kirkus Reviews
In the sequel to Furyborn (2018), Rielle and Eliana struggle across time with their powers and prophesied destinies.Giving readers only brief recaps, this book throws them right into complicated storylines in this large, lovingly detailed fantasy world filled with multiple countries, two different time periods, and hostile angels. Newly ordained Rielle contends with villainous Corien's interest in her, the weakening gate that holds the angels at bay, and distrust from those who don't believe her to be the Sun Queen. A thousand years in the future, Eliana chafes under her unwanted destiny and finds her fear of losing herself to her powers (like the Blood Queen) warring with her need to save those close to her. The rigid alternation between time-separated storylines initially feels overstuffed, undermining tension, but once more characters get point-of-view chapters and parallels start paying off, the pace picks up. The multiethnic cast (human versus angelic is the only divide with weight) includes characters of many sexual orientations, and their romantic storylines include love triangles, casual dalliances, steady couples, and couples willing to invite in a third. While many of the physically intimate scenes are loving, some are rougher, including ones that cross lines of clear consent and introduce a level of violence that many young readers will not be ready for. The ending brings heartbreaking twists to prime readers for the trilogy's conclusion.A very full mixed bag. (map, list of elements) (Fantasy. 17-adult)
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 9+

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! The anticipated sequel to the New York Timesbestseller Furyborn! 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. Butfear 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. 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." --Pastemagazine "Visionary." --Bustlemagazine "One of the biggest new YA fantasies." --Entertainment Weekly "Empowering." --BuzzFeed


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