For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet… And who stood up anyway.
Grace And Fury By Tracy Banghart
My Rating: 3 Stars
Published: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown
Format: Hardcover – The OwlCrate Edition!
Ok So I really had a hard time rating this one. There were so many aspects that I loved and several that bothered me. I absolutely loved the feminism and sisterhood and set-up in this story. However at times I felt it was a bit predictable at times and the ending felt rushed. With that being said I really did enjoy this, it was a fast easy read and I feel it’s just the beginning to what is going to be an epic series.
This story is a feminist YA fantasy centered around two sisters that is full of plot twists and packed with court politics and intrigue, with some slow burn romance and a historical feel to it. The first couple chapters start out a little slow as the scene is being setup but then soon you get hit with a much unexpected plot twist, and from there it’s a wild ride that keeps you turning the pages so keep with it I promise it is worth it.
The story is being told through alternating POV’s between two sisters, Nomi and Serina who couldn’t be any more different. Serina Terraso has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace, basically a glorified concubine to the heir of the throne. This is her one chance to secure her family’s future, and to protect her younger headstrong sister and keep her out of trouble. Nomi is the rebel who has always stood in the shadows of her older sister and has been trained to be Serina’s handmaiden. But this is never what Nomi wanted and she despises the roles and restrictions that has been set upon them as women. It’s this rebellious fire of Nomi’s that catches the heir’s attention and her secret that puts Serina’s life at risk.
Tension rises and plot twists ensue and now both sisters find themselves trapped in a life that neither ever imagined living. Nomi is being paraded around in the Palazzo as a Grace trying to find power and position to save the life of her sister. But it’s a lot easier said than done, with a traitor among them and deception at every turn Nomi is unsure of who she can trust. Serina has been thrust into a ruthless world on the desolate island of Mount Ruin where women prisoners are put on stage to fight to the death. She is running out of time and must learn quickly how not to be the weakest link if she is going to survive.