Kingsbane (Empirium Trilogy Series #2)

Kingsbane (Empirium Trilogy Series #2)

by Claire Legrand


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The Instant New York Times Bestseller!

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.

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." —Paste magazine
"Visionary." —Bustle magazine
"One of the biggest new YA fantasies." —Entertainment Weekly
"Empowering." —BuzzFeed

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492656654
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: Empirium Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 17,392
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.20(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Claire Legrand is the author of several novels for children and young adults, most notably The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Some Kind of Happiness, Winterspell, and The Empirium Trilogy. Claire lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit

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Kingsbane 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it had a slow start to hook me in but by page 120 I couldn't put it down. each chapter left you at a cliff hanger eager to get back to that character's next chapter...and the cliff hanger! cant wait for the next one.
Mel-Loves-Books More than 1 year ago
“‘We survived the end of the world, you and I,’ he said softly, echoing his words from the ice of Karajak Bay. He touched the strands of hair that had fallen from her braid. ‘That’s why, love. I feel it too. You and I, we’re all that’s left of home.’” I am still reeling from Kingsbane by Claire Legrand, hours after reading it. I am so ripped apart by all that happened. And truly shocked by some of it. I really don’t want to get all spoilery, but seriously read this series. Its intense, its brilliant, and its addicting. 5 bazillion stars.
rosepetalpages More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. Every aspect of this series was already so strong, but Kingsbane has taken it all to a whole new level. Claire Legrand has such a way with words, as well as an amazing ability to pick out the exact right word or phrase that cements the tone of whatever scene you’re reading at any given time. The overall plot of The Empirium Trilogy makes up one of the most intricately-woven stories I’ve ever read. It's completely character-driven, which makes everything seem that much more authentic and allows you to be completely invested in the story. The characters themselves are incredibly dynamic, and all of the relationships are complex and so well-developed. The chemistry between certain pairs in this series is so addicting to read, and though the book was 600 pages, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
‘Kingsbane’ is an interesting second installment in this series. I’m normally a person who loves second books best, but, although there were quite a few aspects about this novel that I really enjoyed, it wasn’t what I’d hoped it would be. Let me start with the positives: -This is Eliana’s book, hands down. She goes through quite a few interesting trials and her character development is the best of the novel. From the very beginning, she was someone I wanted more of and I was extremely disappointed every time one of her chapters ended. -This novel has multiple perspectives thrown in, beyond Rielle and Eliana. These new perspectives add even more texture to the story and really give a lot of depth. -This book doesn’t shy away from sex and sexuality. At all. I’m actually surprised it’s still considered a YA novel because the descriptions were very NA. But I loved them all. Kudos to Claire LeGrand for portraying sex as something natural and not anything to be ashamed of. -THE COVER The negatives: -This novel takes a really long time to get going. Like halfway through-long. The pacing is really uneven but, for the most part, starts picking up in the second half. However, the aspect of this novel that really bogs down the storytelling is the alternating perspectives. It take a long while to get into each chapter (because the one before it takes place in a different time) and then by the time I got acclimated, it was the end of the chapter. -The biggest reason for the point above is that Rielle is truly the WORST. Even though it’s clear that she’s descending into villainy, she’s really hard to sympathize with. She treats everyone around her incredibly poorly, using them for her own advantage, including Audric who is truly far too good for her. The only time I enjoyed her chapters was when she was being called out on being awful. The in-between: -There’s a twist in this novel that I didn’t see coming. At all. And it killed me. It made me want to chuck the book and scream. But I can’t decide if it’s because I’m truly mad at the book or if I’m mad at myself for not seeing it. Ill be picking up the final novel in the series because I’m invested and need to know how it ends, but I was kind of disappointed in this installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s not often that an author can build a world you can loose yourself in, much less two different worlds in the same book. I can’t wait for the final book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a well-written, amazing sequel to Furyborn. Rarely do you see that sequels are better than the first, but the character development and world building really was stepped up a notch here. I gave this book 4.75 / 5 stars, as some things about the pacing and ending brought it down from a perfect 5. But highly recommend this-- it is AMAZING and I want to reread it after just finishing it yesterday to pick up on all the details even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let’s face the second book in most trilogy’s are usually not as exciting as the first or third. This book had me from start to finish. Just as good as the first book! I can’t wait to read the last.
courtofbingereading More than 1 year ago
***Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review*** Furyborn was one of my favorite reads of 2018. I fell in love with the characters, the world, and the intricate magic system. However, I did not enjoy Kingsbane as much as Furyborn. It pains me to give this book 3 stars, but I have to give it an honest rating. I won’t say much about the plot of this book as it would contain spoilers for Furyborn. All you need to know is that it picks up right where Furyborn left off, and we still have chapters from both Rielle and Eliana’s point of view. What I Liked: The world The magic system The side characters--Audric is by far my favorite character. He’s underrated in the book community. He deserves ALL of the love. Eliana--In Furyborn, I found myself wanting more chapters from Rielle’s perspective instead of Eliana. This time around I felt the exact opposite. In fact, I fell in love with Eliana in this book. Claire Legrand is an amazing author and this is proof of that. She helped me connect with a character I initially didn’t care for! The ending--fantastic cliffhanger What Can be Improved: The pacing--the pacing was pretty slow for most of the book. The story didn’t really pick up and maintain capturing my attention until the last 30%-40% of the book. Otherwise, I went through periods where I couldn’t put the book down and moments when I struggled to continue reading. Overall: Despite my issues with this book, I definitely recommend Kingsbane to everyone who read Furyborn. I cannot wait for the next book! I know it’s going to be AMAZING and heart-wrenching. Claire Legrand is going to break my heart, but she told me she would from page one of Furyborn.
suekitty13 More than 1 year ago
Kingsbane is an intricate, complex story set in a detailed world. It demands a lot from the reader but is equally rewarding. It is emotionally involving and often devastating. There is some ambiguity and uncertainty with both the “good” guys and the “bad” guys being capable of great brutality and deception. Even at the end of this second book I’m not completely sure that I know which side is good and which is evil. From the very first chapter of book one in this series, Furyborn, we know that Rielle is going to turn evil and destroy the world. Seeing her as a fairly innocent teen it was hard to imagine how this was possible. Through the first book we began to see glimmers of the mad queen but this comes to a head in Kingsbane. Piece by piece we witness her descent into evil and madness and by the time she throws in completely with the angels it makes perfect sense for her character. Her arrogance and megalomania grow in line with her power and by the time she goes full on mad queen it is no surprise. I even felt a little bit sad for her as everyone she cares about turns their back on her due to her inability to control her great power and anger which leads her to horrific behaviour. Her eventual “snapping” is completely understandable. Awful and disappointing but understandable. Similar to in Furyborn the perspective shifts with each chapter, mostly between Rielle and Eliana, who are separated by 1000 years. While I didn’t find this confusing at all in book one I was ill while reading much of Kingsbane and I found it difficult to follow and keep the two story lines straight, especially after they begin to cross over . Once I was recovered it was not a problem. This was a case of “it’s me not you” and I don’t think that this is an issue with the book itself but be aware that this is two complex stories in one and you need to be on your mental game. The end of Kingsbane is a serious cliff-hanger for both story lines. Eliana’s story had a particularly cruel end and it will be excruciating to wait for the next book. I think I know what happened to cause this huge, terrible ending and I don’t know if it can be redeemed or reversed but I’m sure hoping it can! This whole time travel aspect has blown my mind and apparently the “butterfly effect” is seriously powerful. I’m hoping it can be harnessed for good in the next book. It’s going to be a long, painful wait! Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
“The Gate will fall,” the woman intoned. “The angels will return and bring ruin to the world. You will know this time by the rise of two human Queens — one of blood, and one of light. One with the power to save the world. One with the power to destroy it. Two Queens will rise. They will carry the power of the Seven. They will carry your fate in their hands. Two Queens will rise.” This is the second installment in the epic fantasy series, “The Empirium Trilogy.” It continues the story of Rielle and Eliana. Rielle is the newly anointed Sun Queen, the woman with the power to save the world. Eliana is no longer an assassin for the Empire, and has discovered her true parentage, but is struggling with her awakening powers. The story takes place in two different time-lines and revolves around two strong female leads. I much preferred Eliana’s story to that of Rielle. To me, Rielle was too self-absorbed, too drunk on all her power, and it made her arrogant. After thinking about it though, I realize that it is all a part of her character, and every book has characters we love and those not so much. I even preferred the characters in Eliana’s time-line to Rielle’s. Corien, is an excellent villain. He is wicked bad, so cruel and ruthless in his quest to destroy humanity. I thought the plot was a little weak on world building. I would have liked more details about the whole Empirium entity and the conflict between the humans and angels. There’s loads of romance going on, lots of conflict, and betrayal, too. The plot moved a little slowly for me at times, but made up for it with its slam bang ending. While I enjoyed the book, I’d have to say it wasn’t the best of the YA fantasy genre I’ve read. I’d still give it 4 stars though. If you like yours with an abundance of magic and a large amount of romance then you’re sure to love this book.
onemused More than 1 year ago
This exciting and fast-paced sequel picks up right where the first book left off. For that reason, this book does not work as a stand-alone and catching up on previous events is helpful before heading into this sequel. KINGSBANE follows several points-of-view, similar to the first book, mostly fluctuating between the two queens, Rielle and Eliana, who are separated by a thousand years. As we know, Rielle was named the Sun Queen based on a prophecy which told of two queens who would save or destroy the world. Rielle lives in a time of magic. Angels, who had been warring with humans before being trapped in another world, are beginning to break through the shield separating the worlds and are siding with or against humans. Empirium, the magic that exists throughout the world, embodies certain people with power of an element. As the Sun Queen, Rielle has the power of all the elements. Her daughter, Eliana, was taken after her birth and moved through time by the marque Simon, accidentally to a thousand years in the future. Eliana was an assassin before Simon was able to locate her and begin to train her to save the world. In this time, magic is viewed as a myth of the past and Angels control the world, destroying and oppressing humans. Eliana is fighting within herself at knowing Rielle was her mother and the terrible things that Rielle had done as well as against the idea that she should lead or be able to save humanity. We follow Rielle and Eliana in alternating chapters across time as Rielle is led towards the end of the world and Eliana is working to save it. What I loved: This book keeps you on your toes. With a fast pace and filled to the brim with action, romance, and adventure, there is never a dull moment. This book is full of twists and turns, building and escalating through each chapter. There are also various single chapters from others’ points-of-view, and these were helpful for filling in some of the gaps left by what Eliana and Rielle know. This is a page-turner and with many cliffhanger-esque moments, it is very difficult to put down. The world and characters are well-built and all three-dimensional with history, places, and flaws. The world-building is as strong as LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER, and other epic fantasies. The characters are all fully realized, including the ‘villains’ and they feel fully alive. Along these lines, the romance is top notch for both Rielle and Eliana, and a cherry on top of the delicious storylines. What left me wanting more: As someone who read the first book around its release, a recap would have been helpful to remembering where we are in time with reminders for key events/people in the book. However, the internet is helpful for such things if one does not rereading the series! This book could also easily be split into two different books for each queen. The writing style frequently has small cliffhangers at the end of a chapter before switching to the other queen (e.g. Rielle or Eliana), so you must read through another chapter before finding out how it resolves. This style makes it feel like you get wrapped up into one life before abruptly switching, getting wrapped up in the other, and abruptly switching again. On the flip side, this style keeps the book intensely interesting and constantly keeps the reader moving through the pages quickly. These are overall minor concerns for a fascinating book. Final verdict: KINGSBANE is a fantastic sequel to FURYBORN, which will enchant and
BarbTRC More than 1 year ago
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand is the 2nd book in her YA Fantasy Empirium series. When we left off in Furyborn, Reille Dardenne managed to come through her trials to prove that she is the Sun Queen, though we knew from the start that she was indeed the Blood Queen, and gave birth to a girl; a baby she handed off to Simon ( a young boy) to bring her to safety, away from the evil angel, Corien. Eliana Ferracora is in fact, Reille’s daughter (1000 years after her death), and she is just learning about her powers and who her mother really was. In Kingsbane, we continue the story in the past about Rielle prior to her death, leading up to her being the Blood Queen. In the present, Eliana must learn to how to use her powers, as well as accept her destiny to save the world and be their savior as the Sun Queen. To understand a bit better the theme of this series: Many years prior to Rielle’s time, there was a Prophecy that claims sometime in the future the evil angels locked away for centuries will return and wreck havoc across the world, and two women will rise; one made of Blood and the other of Light. A Queen of Blood and Destruction and a Queen of Light and Salvation; hence the Blood Queen and the Sun Queen. Kingsbane continues the two pov’s of the past with Rielle, and the present with Eliana. Rielle continues her journey to prove to she is the Sun Queen, and in doing so must collect the castings of the saints. Wherever she goes, she has her love and the future king of Cedaria, Audric and her trusted friend (and secret angel), Ludivine traveling with her. I really liked them in Furyborn, as they are what holds Rielle together, to prevent the evil Corien from pulling her to his side. The evil Corien was very powerful, not only a voice in Rielle’s head, but also appearing to her in her dreams. I also adored her Dragon, Altheria. But Rielle has her issues controlling her anger, when she is faced with others not believing in her, causing more dissent. Eliana continues to grow into her power, accepting with each passing day that though she has her mother’s powers, but she is not evil, and is indeed the true Sun Queen. I loved Eliana, even though she may have been stubborn, she eventually was ready to rise up and help all those she loved. In time, she was a tough and terrific heroine, and was willing to put her own life on the line to save others. There were a wonderful cast of secondary characters for Eliana too; Simon, Remy, Zahra, Navi, Harkan, and those who began to believe in her. Kingsbane was an intense and wonderful continuation of this fabulous trilogy, with a major surprise twist at the end. This can be considered as a cliff hanger; making it a difficult long wait for the final book in this trilogy. Kingsbane was another excellently written book by Claire Legrand, with quite a few surprises that had us holding our breaths, as well as leaving us hanging. Now we wait impatiently to see if the Sun Queen will rise up and save them all