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27 May 2020

Book Review: Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart

I got Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart in a Fairyloot box years ago, and for Reasons (yeah, idk either) I didn't pick it up. Even though it sounds right up my street and I've recommended it to people.

When my original read for Medievalathon's duology prompt fell through, Grace & Fury is what I turned to. And wow. It blew me away.

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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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Source: Purchase, Fairyloot

5 Word Review: Family, loyalty, survival, manipulation, rebellion.

Content warnings: Gore, violence, threat of sexual assault.

I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up Grace & Fury, but now I'm pretty furious at myself. Because it was absolutely excellent. And I can't believe it took Medievalathon for me to pick up.

From the very first lines, I was addicted to this book. I couldn't put it down. I sat and read all day, I needed to know what was going to happen.

When it comes to the characters, I am very much team Serina. She is an EXCELLENT example of how strength is not always physical. She is smart, and calculating, and although she has been trained her whole life to submit to men and authority and the perfect Grace, she had a backbone of steel. She was absolutely my favourite character, and it hurt to see her life shattered.

Nomi? Well. She's selfish and dangerous. She doesn't think about the wider picture, or what the consequences of her actions would be. She is so frustrating. And even at the end, when she starts to wake up properly to reality, I'm still not a fan. For all that Serina thinks that Nomi is smart and tough, she really isn't. That award goes to Serina, who thinks so little of herself.

I loved the exploration of society through fashion and customs. It was subtle, but it helped build the world so well. I loved the descriptions of clothing, from gowns to rags. Everything felt so much more real.

There is some excellent court intrigue and all sorts of plotting. I loved the hope in the story, how Serina and Nomi kept fighting because of that shred of hope, a distant what if.

I just... This book. It's amazing and I loved it, even if I didn't like all of the characters. If anything, I loved it more for that.

What was the last fantasy you read?


  1. Oh wow this sounds fantastic. I personally love books where I don't like all of the characters. I think that gives a much deeper dynamic to the story! Great review :)


    1. I think it made the story all the more richer because I didn't like Nomi but could still somehow connect with her :)

  2. This book sounds great! Although it isn't something I'd usually read I am branching out a little more in my reading and might give this a go! Great review!

    1. It really surprised me, it wasn't what I was expecting at all!

  3. I really enjoyed this book for some reason I still haven't picked up the sequel?!

    1. I need to find my copy haha, I can't wait to see what happens next.

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    1. WHY hadn't I read it sooner oh my god. Now to find the second one!

  5. I love when and author can make me love a book despite unlikable characters! I need to look this one up on Goodreads.

  6. Great review, glad you enjoyed it!

  7. i am so so glad you enjoyed this!! i still ahvent read the sequel even though i adored this, i guessi should prioritise it for this year


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