“It’s difficult to expect much of yourself when the rest of the world doesn’t bother.”
Title: Queen of Ruin
Author: Tracy Banghart
Page Count: 336 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
Duologies are a blessing. You get a bit more out of the characters you’ve met and gotten to know but don’t have to commit to a long series. Finishing up Grace & Fury I was so pumped for rebellion and reunions and some bad-ass ladies… so happy the sequel brought all of this and more.
More absolute favourite part from this story was the growth both sisters experience across both books. I was so happy to see Nomi pushing herself to fix her wrongdoings and watching Serina step into her leadership. The female strength in these books was amazing I can’t wait to read more by Banghart for that reason alone.
I kept chanting for them to just get off the dang island! But the anticipation of whether or not that was going to happen kept fueling my reading. Really enjoyed this one my friends. Grab this duology if you like fantasy and want something crisp and fast and full of feminist themes without shoving them down your throat.
**Thank you HBG Canada for sending me a review copy of Queen of Ruin for an honest review.**