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Furyborn

Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Series: The Empirium Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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This stunningly original, must-listen fantasy 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.

©2018 Claire Legrand (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Epic feminist fantasy." (Melissa Albert, New York Times best-selling author)

"Truly not to be missed..." (Kendare Blake, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"Fiona Hardingham expertly narrates this thrilling fantasy, giving voice to two remarkable young women.... Hardingham's portrayal of these seemingly disparate but inextricably linked young women strikes exactly the right notes, precisely conveying the girls' single-minded intensity, which is underscored by sorrow and self-doubt. Impeccable pacing exquisitely ramps up the tension as the story hurtles towards a breathtaking climax that will leave listeners eager for more." (AudioFile)

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dnf

could not finish it. the narration was bland and the characters, well i didnt care about. it was predictable from the beginning with every single YA trope thrown in.

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  • Caffeinated Fae
  • 01-06-2018

Fun Action Thrill Ride

When I saw this book on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it. The description grabbed me & it sounded like a book that I would fall in love with. Once I finally found time to read the book it grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, I wound out of time to physically read the book so I ended up buying the audiobook. When I first listened to the narrator's voice I was hesitant but by the end I loved it. Fiona Hardingham (Narrator)just added a little bit more to the story. I was so glad that I switched to audiobook that I think it added a half star to my rating.

My rating would be a 4.5 but since I cannot do a half star I'm going to round up to 5. The plot was fascinating and I loved all of the characters that I read. This book was jam packed with action, swoon worthy heroes, and some really powerful women. I loved that Rielle & Eliana had their flaws and I loved that we got to know them on a fundemental level. It was fun to see the growth in them.

All in all, I really liked this story. I probably wouldn't consider it young adult though. I think it belongs in the adult fantasy section.

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  • Cindy Xiong
  • 26-11-2018

ummmm, liked it, but did not like it as much.

Two girls, but very much the same personality. couldn't tell who is who in between chapters. the story does have the build up, but the dialogues are very bland(but of course, these dialogues of teenagers going into teen-adult). the character development of supporting-characters are not well developed, felt like the characters were just thrown into the scene to kill chapters. I want to know more about Zara, but not explained why she chose her path to support Eille. and when things are being explained, its beated around the Bush a lot (literally had to speed the narrator because it took forever to get to the point). Speaking of which, the Narrator did a good job of getting into character, but her narration/voice-acting into characters' voice is terrible. **spoiler** (like when Ludivine tells Rielle that she is all for Rielle to have intercourse with Audrick, the narrator narrates their voices like a bunch of 12 year olds), honestly, 18 year olds does not talk like that at very least.

The trials were very boring to me, felt the need to rush through those scenes, it didnt intrigue me as much as I thought. it felt weird that I was more interested in Eillinas story more than Rielle. Would I recommend it, no, would I read book 2? probably not. it was good, but not how I thought i would enjoy it.

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  • Lizzym214
  • 07-08-2019

Didnt capture my attention.

The story was all over the place and nothing new.I finished it just because I started to read it and in the end I never found out why she killed the prince.

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  • Robin
  • 28-07-2019

Glad I didn't use a credit

Got this because I like long books, but this was 17 hours too long. Perhaps if I'd had a hard copy it would have been better, but I couldn't figure out the how much time had passed between one character's time period and the other, the end just sort of fizzled out, I found my self not paying attention then having to back up, thinking I'd missed something important. It just didn't work for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2019

Narrator ruined it for me

Wound up reading a hard copy after about 7 hours. The narrator is good with different voices, but her sentences have strange inflections. It's very choppy and sounds like a droning speech, not a cohesive story. I couldn't stand it. Story itself is interesting. Would not recommend the audiobook.

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  • Natalie Cole
  • 25-09-2018

I Couldn't Stand Either Main Characters!

First off, this rating is actually 3.75 stars. I loved this world and the magic system, but I could stand either Rielle or Eliana. Both of them just made me want to scream at them. Like seriously, the both Rielle and Eliana just couldn't seem to understand how idiotic they were being. Rielle starts hearing a voice in her head, but it doesn't sound any alarm bells in her mind to tell someone?!?!? Eliana doesn't realize that secrets are being kept from her for MOST of the book!!!!! I wasn't even surprised with the twist since I figured that out way before the reveal. I didn't enjoy the weird, but totally not sure if it was there love triangle between Rielle, Audric, and Corien. This book would have been so much better if Rielle and Eliana used a little more sense. Hopefully book 2 will be better.

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  • Louise Montgomery
  • 09-10-2019

Why were the Angels warring with humans

The entire book I felt as though I was scrambling to catch up... as if I missed a whole series before this one... why were the angels fighting? Who was this blood queen and why did everyone hate her? There was just too much guesswork and not enough background knowledge.

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  • Tucker FitzGerald
  • 24-09-2019

Okay

I wanted to like this book. It has some wonderful premises. But in the end the characterization and storytelling were pretty flat.

Some rather female-centric sex positivity. Female masturbation, erotic dreams, birth control (!), and female orgasms during sex all show up.

The world also has a superficially queer setup to it. Same-gender couples in the world, both protagonists coming across as bisexual (one only in an erotic dream, the other has a bisexual partner history). No gender varience. But none of the actual romance or sex in the story is queer. As a reader I couldn't find an authentic sense of queerness at play.

The world is also superficially racially diverse. Lots of variations of skin color. But no deeper sense of non-white or post-collonial understandings of things show up.

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  • Billy
  • 03-09-2019

Review from me to you

I enjoyed the story itself. However, I couldn’t get into the story very much because of the narrator’s speech pattern. It may be because I’m an American English speaker and the narrator was not. She had these unnecessary pauses that just annoyed me. But overall good story, for me, probably would’ve been better read than listened to.

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  • B
  • 29-03-2019

Captures your full attention

Didn't want it to end...Can't wait for Book 2! Great narrator and I like how it flips between both women each chapter

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