Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi’s sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.
Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.
Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.
The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart’s unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed Grace and Fury, and was really looking forward to this. I did enjoy it, but I felt that the impact of the first book was a little lost here, as you settle more into the reality of the world.
My favourite parts were around Serina continuing to come into her own as a leader, and the places where we got to see men’s reactions to women standing up for themselves. Be it the guards or Malachai, that was very powerful.
It felt weaker around Nomi still – she is more coping with situations thrust upon her rather than taking charge. I felt that this didn’t mesh with her history too well. Whereas despite Serbia’s background d it felt natural for her to grow and change.
The ending also felt a little sudden – so much happens so late that I wondered if perhaps there was another book! It does tie off well but just quickly and still leaves a lot of questions about the future.
3.5 stars and I would definitely recommend the series – despite various foibles, I feel that it has a very powerful message about femininity and what it means, and feminism and equality in general.
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