#47 on the 2018 Reading Challenge list is to read a book by an author with the same first or last name as myself. I had a hard time with this prompt, not really finding a book that appealed to me that met the requirements. It seems that a lot of Tracys write romance novels. Now, I like a good romance novel now and then, but it just isn’t what appealed to me right now.
So when I stumbled across Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury, I jumped on it. This book moves fast, driven forward with action and suspense. While there may not be a lot of depth to this story, it is really fun. I loved this book.
This is the story of Serina and Nomi, sisters who are as different as sisters can be. In their world, women have no rights. They aren’t allowed to read among other things, and the slightest offense can have the direst of consequences. Serina, the eldest, has been groomed her entire life to become a Grace, someone to stand by the Heir’s side as an example of the perfect woman. Instead, it is her spitfire younger sister, Nomi who catches the Heir’s attention.
Now both sisters are caught in a role they are completely unprepared for. With time running out for both of them and a dangerous plot afoot within the palace, the sisters must take matters into their own hands to save the other.
I like how Banghart has created characters who make real decisions. Poor decisions in many cases, but they aren’t exempted from the often disastrous consequences of their choices. They are forced to acknowledge their faults, learn from them and move on.
There are some romantic elements to this story, though even in this, things don’t go as expected. Ultimately, this story is about the relationship between two sisters and their willingness to fight for each other when everything is stacked against them.
If you’re looking for a light, fun read, this is a good choice. My biggest complaint is the long wait for the sequel!