Mini-Post by the Belle
Author: Claire Legrand
Series: The Empirium Trilogy
Summary: Two young women, centuries apart, hold the power to either save their world…or doom it…
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this power are 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 trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials destroy her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family safe. Now, she believes herself untouchable — until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire 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 will ultimately determine the fate of their world — and of each other.
Belle Rating: DNF
Target Audience: Adults
*Minor Spoilers Below*
Story Notes: I’m going to keep this very brief, as I could not bring myself to finish the book. The plot is very good. I read the summary and *boom* I was hooked and couldn’t wait to read it. But as I started reading…it became very clear that everyone in the book struggled to keep their clothes on. Ugh. And it got worse as I got farther along in the book. I couldn’t do it anymore because it distracted me from such a great plot! How will Rielle get through the trials and inevitably become the Blood Queen? Why would she turn on her people?? Clearly Elianna is special. She’s a super good assassin that can heal herself. So how is she connected to the prophecy?? I guess I will never know…this is all my own opinion though. I’m sure that there are a lot of readers that enjoy that sort of thing. Do I have a problem with love in a story? No, of course not. But I don’t think it should be used as a “filler” or “fluff” in between all the important plot details. Does that mean that the author needed to think things through more? Maybe. Or they may just have a dirty mind.
Final Thoughts: Like I said, this book had some great potential for me. I simply couldn’t finish it because it made me uncomfortable and I personally don’t find enjoyment in reading books like this. If you like magic and sexual tension then you will probably enjoy this book. Otherwise, don’t waste your money.