Book Review – Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Grace and Fury

Author: Tracy Banghart
Published: July 31st 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?

Grace and Fury

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.

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Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble.

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A marvellous story about sisterhood

A couple of days ago I wrote a blogpost about my first impressions of Grace & Fury. I got my copy of this book in the June’s FairyLoot book box. I couldn’t wait to read it, so I started it almost immediately after unboxing it.

The story of Grace & Fury is set in Viridia, a fictional country where the Superior rules with an iron fist and women have no rights. Women aren’t allowed to choose their job, their husband, they aren’t allowed to read, cut their hair or speak up for themselves. They are supposed to be obedient, look pretty and do what they are told. Each year the Superior chooses three Graces; three women who represent the ‘perfect woman’. The Graces live in the palace with the Superior and they belong to him. This year the Heir, the Superior’s son, gets to choose his first three Graces.

In the first chapter of the book we are introduced to Nomi and Serina, two sisters who are different in every way. Serina has spent her whole life training to be a Grace. She follows the rules and she doesn’t question the life in Viridia. Nomi, on the other hand, is a rebel and she can’t accept the way women are treated in her country. Nomi is trained to become Serina’s handmaiden when she will be a Grace.

But things aren’t going as planned. When Serina is invited to the palace to be evaluated, Nomi catches the Heir’s eye. He chooses Nomi to be one of his three Graces. Both Serina en Nomi find themselves in a place and role they never wanted to be in. When Serina is being punished for one of Nomi’s crimes, the sisters get separated for the first time in their lives. Serina is being send to Mount Ruin, a women’s prison controlled by corrupt and cruel guards.

The world building in this book is brilliant and unique. The history and society of Viridia were explained very vividly, really bringing the story to life. The characters were relatable and the development of both Nomi and Serina were well-written. Both girls struggle with the Viridian rules and they built on their strengths.

The book started out a bit slow-paced. This wasn’t a bad thing for me. I loved reading about Viridia and all the details in the story were very entertaining and I enjoyed reading every page. There was a plot twist I already expected, but still I couldn’t put the book down.

There is a lot of girl power in Grace & Fury! Tracy has written this book

“For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet… And who stood up anyway.”

and I would recommend this book to women (& men) who enjoy a feminist, powerful and marvellous story.

4 out of 5 stars.

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28 Comments

  1. I loved this book! I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, I’m not sure why, but I really liked the depth of the characters and the dual story lines – can’t wait for book two!

  2. Honestly, I wasn’t too interested in this one before I read your review–it’s probably the tacky cover (I feel so shallow now). But after reading your review, I’m 100% interested! I’m personally okay with slow stories as long as there’s awesome character development and world-building. 🙂

  3. Great review, I have this book on my tbr list because I heard nothing but great things about it. I am really glad you fully enjoy this book, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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