Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Fantasy | Young Adult
Publication Date | July 31st, 2018
ARC from Netgalley
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Grace and Fury is a Young Adult Fantasy novel that is told in alternating points of view from two sisters. Now, to be honest, I don’t find this book incredibly unique. But I do find it so well done. Gripping from the very first page, it seems this book upped the ante with every chapter ending. Nomi was my favorite sister from the get-go, but it quickly changed to Serina. By the end of the book, I was so invested in both of these sisters goings on that I couldn’t finish each chapter fast enough. I found it interesting that of the two, it was Nomi (who gave the appearance of being more worldly,) who was more naive. Serina, even in harsher circumstances, seemed to adjust better than her sister. She was the one who showed the most character growth, and I’m excited to see what this series has in store for her. There wasn’t a lot of world building in this book, but I don’t feel like there needed to be. This book focused on the oppression of the women in this society, and the premise lent itself to being more character driven that plot driven. There was a lot of deception in this book, and right up until the very end, I wasn’t sure who was a ‘good’ guy and who was a ‘bad’ guy. Especially because the foreshadowing was so prominent that I felt maybe it was leading us in the wrong direction on purpose – but I won’t tell you if it was or wasn’t! I really enjoyed how the entire story was leading up to one event, and that we, as readers, were aware of what that event was. It made me even more eager to reach the end! Each of these girls made mistakes – colossal ones, but these are young women who were extremely sheltered their entire lives – to the point where Serina spent hers training to be the heir’s lover, and essentially, arm candy. The pacing of this book was relentless, for Serina and Nomi as well as the reader. Neither girl has had a chance to take a breath, and I have a feeling that when things catch up to them, it’s going to be ugly.
As I mentioned before, I thought Grace and Fury was so well done. Nothing felt overdone or exaggerated here; just extreme circumstances where you knew the girls were going to be lucky to get out alive. It was such an adventure, and by the time I was done reading, it felt like this book was the YA Fantasy I’ve been waiting for. Grace and Fury was a fantastic start to this series, and I think it goes without saying that I’ll be reading the next installment!
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