Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
Genre: High Fantasy
Source: Hachette

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace--someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
Review by Nara

Grace and Fury is a dual point of view novel focusing on two sisters in very different circumstances. I enjoyed the novel overall- Banghart developed the characters quite nicely, and it's well paced so that your attention is captured throughout.

There are some nice twists in the novel, but if you've read a lot of other similar novels, you would probably easily be able to pick up on them. The plot overall was pretty predictable, but that didn't really take away from my enjoyment of the book because it was still well written and well developed. I actually hadn't read the blurb before reading the novel, but if you haven't read the blurb yet I would say not to- it's not quite spoilery, but it does tell you what to keep an eye out for and I think it would make the book even more predictable.

Overall, a pretty decent novel. Similar vein to books like Red Queen in terms of the political side of things.

Really liked it
Overall: 8/10
Plot: 3.5/5
Romance: 2.5/5
Writing: 3/5
World Building: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 2.5/5