Kingsbane

Empirium #2

Claire Legrand

fiction Fantasy Young Adult
adventurous mysterious medium-paced

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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.

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summary of 278 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

adventurous 100%
dark 77%
tense 55%
emotional 50%
mysterious 22%
sad 16%
challenging 11%
funny 5%
hopeful 5%

Pace

medium 82%
fast 17%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 17%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 52% | Yes: 47%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 12% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 6%

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4.06
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