GRACE AND FURY
enjoyment – 4
Characters – 3
Plot – 3
Pacing – 5
Writing quality – 3
Final rating: 3.5
WHAT I LIKED
-the history in the book
-the world building
WHAT I DISLIKED
-most of Noni’s story
-I felt like I had read this story before
Grace and fury is a dual POV YA fantasy novel. It follows two sisters in a world where women have no rights. There are the graces, those trained to serve the king, and their handmaidens. Serina was always meant to be a grace, and Noni would follow her as her handmaiden. But life never follows the easy path and things go horribly wrong for these two sisters.
This was a very fast and fun read. It was paced well and there was never a lull in action. Even with the dual perspective, the chapters were short so if you had a preference for one sisters story, you could always get back to hers quickly.
The characters were a little 2D, they filled out their roles perfectly but they didn’t really do anything more than that which was disappointing. Even with the plot twist at the end, I still found myself disappointed by the character development.
The most unique part of this story was the history it weaves in. The author had really thought about how to make this world and it shows. I like the idea that the public is told one thing, and something else actually happened. It showed off how corrupt the kingdom was, and where the real power lay.
Overall this was a decent read, and I think if I had been younger or less experienced in my reading, this would have been a favourite. But now with all the books I’ve read, this often felt like a carbon copy of a hundred other books I’ve read.