Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banhart
Series: Untitled #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Little Brown
Publication date:July 31st, 2018
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.
“Serina and Nomi were like any other daughters in the cold, industrial town of Lanos. But Serina had her beauty. And Nomi had her secret.”
Wow guys, this was amazing! There was something about this book that caught my interest when I first heard about it that made me want to read it, so I was so happy when I got an ARC of Grace and Fury! It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and it fulfill all the expectations I had.
I freaking adored the entire cast of characters. Both protagonists were so different from each other but grew so much in the novel that I couldn’t help but love them. Nomi was such an interesting perspective to read from, since she was in the palace and everything there was pretty mysterious and eerie. The scenes in the palace were so atmospheric and well done, and I really enjoyed reading about her evolution and everything she was trying to do to save her sister.
But I might say that the evolution I loved the most was Serina’s. She wasn’t my favorite character when I first started reading the story, but as I continued reading her POVs, I started to become more attached to her. I would say her development was one of the best the story had, mostly because after she went through she grew and learnt so much, and that was incredible to see in a character.
Also I loved the relationship between both sisters. Though they were apart most of the book, you could still clearly see how much they cared about the other and how each was trying to do everything in their power to save her sister, and that was so precious to see in a novel.
“She felt suddenly like an acrobat balanced on a swaying rope, the world dangerously far below. Someone was playing with her, and she didn’t know the game.”
One of the things that surprised me was that I expected it to be a fantasy story with magic in it, and there was none. I don’t know if it’s going to be in the sequel, but at least in this first installment there wasn’t any. At first it threw me off a bit, but as I continue reading Grace and Fury, I found that the book didn’t need any magic, because it was pretty awesome and I was thoroughly enjoying it.
It was super fast paced and easy to read. It took me less than three hours to finish it, and I found no problems whatsoever to remember everything that was going on. It’s true that there was a lack of world building, since this first installment was purely focused on the plot and the characters, but I had no problem with that at all.
The romance was quite interesting to read, as well. There were some twists regarding some side characters that were a bit foreshadow as you kept reading the story and were a bit predictable because of that, but because the book ended in such a cliffhanger, I’m so eager to know what’s going to happen in the sequel.
Overall, it was such a great atmospheric story, with characters that had an incredible development, and I need to read the next book right about now!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
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