Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

GoodReads Summary: 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.

Kingsbane (Empirium, #2)Review: I honestly have no words right now. I can say that I’ve never written a review like this before. I’m still currently listening to the audiobook for Kingsbane. I’ve never started writing a review before actually finishing the book before. But I feel so utterly betrayed by Claire Legrand. I don’t know how she could do me so dirty. Before about five minutes ago, I would have talked about how much I loved Eliana and Simon together, but Simon has done something unforgiveable and I don’t even know how to talk about it. So, I’m just not going to talk about him. I also still really hate Corien and that’s all I’ll say about him too. Eliana really grows in this story. She’s lost so much, but she still feels like she should step up and work to become the Sun Queen that she’s thought to be. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and develop into the good and kind person that I knew she could be. She’s still fierce as hell and will kill you if you look at her wrong, but she has so much love inside of her for others. She lets herself care about these other people (Navi, cough cough). Also, she really loves her brother Remy and that’s been clear this whole time. But I loved the complications of their relationship in this book. Eliana has to do something terrible to save her own life and she hides this from Remy, so when he finds out, things between them are not great. But the bond of siblings is a strong one and it’s the only part of this story that had me in tears. I was literally driving to pick up some food and sobbing. It was a terribly dangerous situation. Eliana’s story was inspiring and heartbreaking throughout the story and I will be physically in pain until I get to read Lightbringer and find out how this story ends. Rielle had an interesting storyline as well. We get to see her descent into darkness. Corien is influencing her, but we see the balance of her trying to resist with her love for Audric. I really loved Rielle and Audric (and really hate Corien). I think they maybe could have had a bit more growth to their relationship because it was basically happy until their wedding when everything fell apart. Rielle had a serious problem with keeping secrets. But I was happy that she had Lu to confide in. I loved Lu. I feel like she was a really good influence on Rielle. Overall, I’m so angry at the last hour or so of this book. I don’t know why Claire Legrand felt like she needed to hurt us like that, but I’m very unhappy about it. Despite this, I fucking loved this book. It was full of action and drama, love and desire, fear and despair. There are diverse characters (Eliana is bisexual and it’s not confirmed I don’t think but I’d love to think Rielle is too). There’s also talk of periods and masturbation (plus a ton of great sex scenes, not too descriptive but still enjoyable). I loved all of the things Legrand included in this story (except the betrayal. I’m still mad about that.) I don’t know why there aren’t more people that love this series because it was amazing and full of kick ass girls I’d love to befriend.

Quotes:

“Like the sun and the moon. Like day and night. I am the shore and you are the sea, my darling. The wild, wild sea – ever-changing and mighty. I need your passion, and you need something steady to come home to. An anchor, warm and sunlit.”

“We are the light against the darkness, and we must continue to burn brightly, so others may find their way out.”

“We are more than what’s been done to us. We are more then our anger.”

“It’s unfair that you should have to bear so much.” “Me? Or women?”

 

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda

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