Furysong (The Aurelian Cycle, #3)

Furysong (The Aurelian Cycle, #3)
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August 09, 2022
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In this explosive conclusion to the epic trilogy that began with Fireborne, Annie and Lee are fighting for their lives—and for each other—as invading dragonfire threatens to burn their home to the ground.

A new revolution is underway, and nobody will emerge unscathed.

In New Pythos, Griff is facing an execution by the dragonborn, who are furious at his betrayal. He has allies on both sides seeking to defy his fate, but the price of his freedom might come at a dear cost. And Delo will have to make a choice: follow his family, or finally surrender to his conscience.

Meanwhile, Annie must race home to hatch a plan to save her Guardians and their dragons. With Callipolis on the brink of collapse and the triarchy set to be reinstated, she may be the one person who can save the city—if she can overcome her own doubts about her future.

Lee is a revolutionary at heart, but now he’ll have to find a way to fight with diplomacy. Going up against the dragonborn court and a foreign princess, he faces a test of loyalty that sets his head against his heart.

As the fate of Callipolis darkens, Annie and Lee must determine what they are willing to sacrifice in order to save each other, defeat their enemies, and reclaim their home.

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FURYSONG is a riveting and emotional conclusion to the Aurelian Cycle trilogy. The book spares no time to launch right into the story with wars being fought in both North Pythos and Callipolis coming to a head. The book follows the characters we have grown to love in early books as they face the ever-changing and dark future.

Griff has paved the way for a revolution in New Pythos, and he has learned of the devastation it brings. He feels adrift, but everyone is looking to him for leadership. Delo is also facing the fallout and wants to end up on the right side of history, though that carries its own dangers.

Meanwhile, Annie is not yet fully finishing in New Pythos when she realizes that a counterrevolution has devastated Callipolis. While she heads back, she must keep her wits about her if she has any hope of helping her fellow Guardians and country. Lee has been captured and turned into a tool of Ixion's plots, while he considers how he will respond and the paths that he will choose.

What I loved: This is a dark and fast-paced sequel with the paths to the future bathed in blood. The story does not shy away from the brutality of such takeovers and the ways that they must fight to retain power. Both New Pythos and Callipolis have been overthrown by individuals with very different agendas, and while neither is a utopia, there is certainly a difference in motivation and future outlook which is juxtaposed throughout.

There are some intriguing themes around choices, politics and political theories, power and how it is defined, marriage and future prospects for women, betrayal, family and bloodline legacies, how you define home, socioeconomic disparity, and the power of public perception. The countries had been founded on defined bloodlines, and the large country across the sea has similar patriarchal policies and successions. Throughout these stories, the themes of these familial ruling legacies are compared to those of the lower socioeconomic classes are important to understanding the way that certain people have risen and the obstacles those from lower classes have faced with prejudices confounding generational wealth with natural ability. In Callipolis, they had tried to divide people in other ways, but this also presented problems as tests cannot be fair to people who do not test well. Here, Ixion has found a way to continue to separate the socioeconomic classes by making certain futures as those that must be paid into to achieve, an indirect way of promoting the segregation of classes and benefiting those from the higher tiers. The series raises a lot of interesting points around the way policies can benefit higher socioeconomic classes and how this can be assumed to be conflated with some kind of value - for instance, there is an assumption that the dragonborn are somehow innately better at dragon-riding than those who were not, but these differences in the story can be explained by training, better equipment, and difference in food access. This becomes even more marked with the way that Ixion is doling out punishments.

Annie and Lee as well as Griff and Delo are dealing with their feelings for each other amidst the political confusion and considerations for their futures. Both of the romances were so easy to believe in and just really fantastic, particularly as they each continue to develop. At the same time, they are each caught up amidst the politics and knowing that their choices in both love and life will have rippling effects. When are your wishes enough to overpower the impact you could have on the future? When does your love mean enough to conquer the desire to make the world better? Can they have a happy ending as well as their desires for the futures of their countries? The answer is murky and juxtaposes a conflict between selfishness and selflessness when in positions of power. This conflict plays out in other ways as the characters and those around them must make decisions that endanger their own fates but may lead to a desirable outcome.

This was a really emotional and consuming read. Munda really pulls the reader into the story and produces all the feels. There were scenes that made me cry and others that made my heart skip a beat. There is a lot that happens in this story and so much of it is brought to life for the reader.

These are all really compelling characters, and the inclusion of the four perspectives manages to bring the reader into these emotional and riveting stories. Despite having so many characters, it remains easy to follow and keep separate. The world-building is also fantastic, expanding from the previous, particularly with more details on some of the mythology of this world and Freya's country. Readers will definitely need to have read the first couple books prior to this one. Additionally, it does not include much recap, so it would be helpful to read a synopsis of earlier books or to have read them recently.

Final verdict: An emotional and riveting conclusion, FURYSONG is a consuming YA fantasy with thought-provoking themes and unforgettable characters. Highly recommend picking up this stunning trilogy!
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