Grace and Fury

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Pub Date 26 Jul 2018 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2018

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Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace - selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina...

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ISBN 9781444941951
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Grace and Fury is a compelling and thought-provoking fantasy - no magic, just an invented world that feels historical and transports you to a place much like Venice - that asks, what would you do if you were a girl in a world where women had no power?

I am a huge fan of Tracy Banghart’s Rebel Wing series, so when a fellow reader recommended Grace and Fury to me I was quick to take up the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this thrilling and unique YA fantasy.

Tracy has a wonderful way of capturing the essence and voice of her characters, and Grace and Fury centres around Nomi and Selina - two sisters, both trapped in a world that offers women very few choices. Selina has trained all her life to become a Grace - a concubine of the King’s Heir, a position of esteem and luxury, if not power. Nomi hates everything about the world she lives in and rages against the constraints forced upon her. When she accompanied her sister to the palace as her handmaiden, Nomi knows she must hide her rebellion and her deadly secret. But when Nomi is chosen as the Heir’s Grace and Selina is sentenced to an island prison for Nomi’s crime, both girls must decide how much they will risk to survive.

Two girls, both strong in their own ways. At first it is Nomi who stands up, who seems the toughest of the two girls, while Selina prepares to hand her fate and already-limited freedom over to the Prince. Yet as Nomi struggles under her unwanted title of Grace, and as Selina learns to survive in the harsh environment of the island prison, it was Selina and her story that really captured my attention. While Nomi outwardly makes signs of rebellion, tries to plot and create allies and enemies, I found her naïve and silly. Instead, it was quiet, accepting Selina who showed the greatest strength and fortitude.

There is plenty of romantic tension in Grace and Fury, for both Nomi and Selina. While Nomi forms attachments and alliances quickly, Selina takes her time, uncertain in what she wants and how the uncertainty of her future confused that even further. Underpinning the story of two sisters and their private rebellions is a larger message of injustice. What seems like an arrangement of past eras, where women are restricted to marriage and childbirth, is made more complex as Nomi uncovers the history of her world, a history that had previously been hidden from her. Both Nomi and Selina play a role in a new uprising. The plot is perfectly poised for an explosive and revealing sequel, which I look forward to reading.

Grace and Fury ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, the twist revealed and characters’ lives hanging in the balance. The sequel is sure to be an exciting read, and I am keen to continue Selina and Nomi’s story.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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This is such an empowering novel… delivering the message to women that it is ok to stand up and speak out. Grace and Fury is a feminist fantasy novel full of intrigue, family and girl power. The concept of fantasy novels with disempowered young women is nothing new… but, for some reason Grace and Fury works so well and really drives home the message of empowerment.

There are a lot of extremely tough topics within this novel and people should be aware of before they start the novel. Ultimately, this is a sister novel with Nomi and Serina in the forefront. These women have some fantastic character development and seeing these two women progress through the novel was one hell of a journey.

The alternating perspectives also allow for alternating locations with part of the novel taking place in a lavish castle and the other taking place on a volcanic prison island full of woman who must fight to the death. This is the perfect combination of dystopian novels within one brilliant book.

And damn, the plot twist. I absolutely recommend this novel. It is an amazing fantasy / dystopian novel with brilliant character development. This is a YA The Handmaid’s Tale.

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4 1/2 fully realised female characters out of 5.
I kept trying to thing of clever analogies to write in this review about the different kinds of meals that different cooks can make with the same ingredients. Then I realised that I was just trying to be a smarty pants. Yes there are elements similar to some books I’ve recently read, but Grace and Fury has a magic that’s all it’s own. Plus, if I was comparing it to The Belles, or to the Red Queen series, they’re both huge sellers.

I loved these women. They started out as girls, who only saw themselves as one thing, and they became women who understood their own strength, and the strength of others. They learned to be fierce, and to be gentle, to have the power of grace AND of fury.

Yes, there was a cliffhanger of an ending, that has been haunting me ever since, but I will definitely be inviting everyone else to suffer along with me. Sweet cliffhanger book pain!

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