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I got my copy of this book in the June’s FairyLoot book box. I couldn’t wait to read it, so I started it almost immediately after unboxing it.

The story of Grace & Fury is set in Viridia, a fictional country where the Superior rules with an iron fist and women have no rights. Women aren’t allowed to choose their job, their husband, they aren’t allowed to read, cut their hair or speak up for themselves. They are supposed to be obedient, look pretty and do what they are told. Each year the Superior chooses three Graces; three women who represent the ‘perfect woman’. The Graces live in the palace with the Superior and they belong to him. This year the Heir, the Superior’s son, gets to choose his first three Graces.

In the first chapter of the book we are introduced to Nomi and Serina, two sisters who are different in every way. Serina has spent her whole life training to be a Grace. She follows the rules and she doesn’t question the life in Viridia. Nomi, on the other hand, is a rebel and she can’t accept the way women are treated in her country. Nomi is trained to become Serina’s handmaiden when she will be a Grace.

But things aren’t going as planned. When Serina is invited to the palace to be evaluated, Nomi catches the Heir’s eye. He chooses Nomi to be one of his three Graces. Both Serina en Nomi find themselves in a place and role they never wanted to be in. When Serina is being punished for one of Nomi’s crimes, the sisters get separated for the first time in their lives. Serina is being send to Mount Ruin, a women’s prison controlled by corrupt and cruel guards.

The world building in this book is brilliant and unique. The history and society of Viridia were explained very vividly, really bringing the story to life. The characters were relatable and the development of both Nomi and Serina were well-written. Both girls struggle with the Viridian rules and they built on their strengths.

The book started out a bit slow-paced. This wasn’t a bad thing for me. I loved reading about Viridia and all the details in the story were very entertaining and I enjoyed reading every page. There was a plot twist I already expected, but still I couldn’t put the book down.

There is a lot of girl power in Grace & Fury! Tracy has written this book

"For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet... And who stood up anyway."

and I would recommend this book to women (& men) who enjoy a feminist, powerful and marvellous story.

4 out of 5 stars.

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