The B&N YA Podcast: Claire LeGrand Brings Worlds to Their Knees

Explore the stories behind the young adult books you love with the B&N YA Podcast. Join host Melissa Albert, bestselling author of The Hazel Wood, as she sits down with fellow YA authors to talk about books, life, their teen years, their pop cultural obsessions, and how they came up with the stories that keep us up at night. Subscribe to listen in on fascinating new conversations every other week.

Claire LeGrand is the author of YA and middle grade books including The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, feminist horror novel Sawkill Girls, and Furyborn, the first book in the epic, bestselling fantasy Empirium series, which she dreamed about for years before she wrote it. It’s the story of two powerful women, separated by centuries, who will succumb to or defy a very dark destiny. We talked to LeGrand about book two in the series, Kingsbane, subversive writing, and how she worldbuilds.


The anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller 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. 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 is on shelves now. 

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