Grace and Fury
By Tracy Banghart
Our Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)
Reviewed by: KaylaAnn S. Villanueva
This enthralling book is about sisters, Serina and Nomi. Older sister, Serina, had been raised her whole life to be a Grace – like a perfectly groomed concubine for the prince – while impulsive, unruly Nomi. When Serina is chosen to represent her province and is sent to the castle to meet the prince, Nomi goes along as her handmaiden. However, when the prince changes his mind and chooses rebellious Nomi over docile Serina, things go from bad to worse quickly. Due to a series of terrible events, Serina is taken to the Island of Ruin for a crime she didn’t commit, and Nomi gets pulled into a coup by the prince’s brother.
Because this book was a good mix of Kiera Cass’s The Selection Series and Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen Collection – both of which I found fascinating – I would recommend this book to readers looking for something in the historical fantasy or dystopian genres. However, this might not be your typical fantasy or even dystopian book in that it has a strong focus on women’s rights in a world of oppression and resistance. Head’s up: there’s not any sorcery or magical creatures in the storyline, so don’t dig in expecting a strong “fantasy” vibe. It’s just a solid, enticing read that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning!
This is book one of the duology.