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A Crown is Not Always "All That"

September 2, 2018

In a fantasy world where a woman’s role is defined by having less privileges than those of men, Tracy Banghart’s “Grace and Fury” is culmination of The Selection, The Hunger Games and Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series.



Fiercely loyal sisters, Serina and Nomi, find themselves in the midst of an unexpected turn of events when Nomi unwittingly gets caught stealing, by none other than the prince her sister, Serina, has trained to become the perfect example of a woman (or trophy?) for.


As their new turn of events unfold, Serina gets caught seemingly committing the direst of crimes – reading.


Despite being innocent, Serina faces her new life in prison with a fierce passion and loyalty for her sister and becomes none other than the saviour the prison so desperately needed.


Nomi, however, (who I think liked to whine quite a bit, but I understand why) meanwhile tries to escape her new, and unexpected, life in a palace as her sister pays for her secrets.


Thanks to Aveyard’s Red Queen series, I’ve long since become extremely sceptical of royal siblings – and Banghart’s iteration of a similar rivalry only cemented this sentiment.


Nomi, unknowingly, helps in an assassination and foils the succession line – all for a taste of power a sibling deemed they deserved more (Red Queen, anyone?)


Grace and Fury dealt with a lot of deception, court intrigue (can you except any different, when one lives in a palace?), and focussed on a lot of feminist ideals throughout the book.


Fast-paced, engrossing and definitely addictive – Grace and Fury grabs hold of your curiousity in a way that few other books can, and focuses on some of the most important relationships – that of family.


There were a few traces of romance, enough to kindle an ember, but – unlike most novels – it did not overwhelm the reader.


If you loved any of the abovementioned novels (i.e The Selection, The Hunger Games or Red Queen series) – then this book is a definitely addition to your toppling TBR pile!


I’ve even seen it compared to that of Caraval and The Handmaid’s Tale – though I cannot vouch for this as I haven’t read either of these novels (yet!)


As I eagerly await the next instalment, Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury deserves a whopping five out of five stars.


Thank you @panmacmillansa for sending this beauty to me!


Check Out Pan Macmillan at their website https://www.panmacmillan.co.za/ or follow them on Instagram:(@panmacmillansa


Book Synopsis:

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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