Hello, Hello everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for the Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart. This book is the sequel to Grace and Fury. I am super excited to be a part of this tour and to share the conclusion of this Duology with you all! Be warned that this post will contain spoilers for Grace and Fury, so read at your own risk!
Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for including me in this tour, and also to Little, Brown Books for giving me a copy of this book to review!
About Book 1 (Grace and Fury)
Title: GRACE AND FURY (Grace And Fury #1)
Author: Tracy Banghart
Pub. Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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.
About the Author
Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.
Queen of Ruin is the conclusion to the Grace and Fury Duology. It picks up immediately after where Grace and Fury left off, with Serina, Val, and the women of Mount Ruin in the aftermath of their revolution against the guards. Meanwhile, Nomi, Maris, and the wounded Malachi have been banished to Mount Ruin after Asa’s betrayal at the end of the first book. The sister’s a reunited, but all is not well yet. They need to save their brother, get Asa out of power, and find a way to give the women of Viridia the rights they deserve.
Queen of Ruin has all of the things that made Grace and Fury amazing, and more. Grace and Fury saw both Serina and Nomi growing as people as they adapted to circumstances neither expected. In this book, we get to really see their growth in action. I loved seeing the sisters interact with one another, especially when Nomi sees her formerly submissive and soft sister acting as a leader.
In my eyes, Queen of Ruin was a major step up from the already amazing Grace and Fury. My reasoning for this is because there’s a lot more action in this book. I’ll admit that at times I found Nomi’s sections in the first book a bit dull as I didn’t care much for all of the dress fittings and fancy events she had to attend, but here, there’s just a bunch of badass women fighting for their rights and making the world a better place, and I love it. You’ll definitely be on the edge of your seat, thinking “one more chapter!” as you read this one.
I won’t give anything about the plot away, because that’s no fun, but I will say that this was an amazing conclusion to this duology. Immediately after finishing the first book, I started reading this because I simply had to see how the story ended. I really appreciate that it was a duology and not a longer series, because it told the story it needed to tell and didn’t stretch out for a million books.
Speaking of the story, I love the powerful message behind this duology. We’ve got clear feminism and amazing female characters, but we also have a few guys that are allies to the cause. There was one point in the book where Serina, Nomi, and Malachi where having a serious discussion, and Val didn’t try to interject himself into a conversation he didn’t belong in. I love that, and I also love that all of our characters continue to grow in their beliefs and convictions as the book goes on.
I really can’t help but give Queen of Ruin 5/5 stars. I recommend this to anyone who wants a really nice feminist fantasy novel that delivers a message without being to in-your-face. It’s action packed and full of surprises.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of QUEEN OF RUIN, US Only.
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