[Review] Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This review is for a sequel and may contain spoilers.

Title: Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2)
Author: Tracy Banghart
Publisher: Little Brown Young Readers
Publication Date: July 2, 2019

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. 
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Review: After reading and absolutely loving Grace and Fury last year I needed this sequel badly! This is a story of sisterhood and fighting for a world where women have a voice and knowing Serina and Nomi would do anything to be together again was incredible. I love how this book had tons of action. Seeing the women fight tooth and nail for their freedom was awesome!

Here’s what I loved about this book:

-the theme of sisterhood was so present and I loved seeing all the women working together
-there are so many incredible secondary characters
-Serina and Nomi are completely selfless and willing to do whatever it takes to take back power
-Warrior Women, of course!
-there are a bunch of scenes with male vulnerability
-I respect a well-written villain and this one is completely amoral, finds pleasure in fear and suffering, and loves to stomp on the world with his sexism and status
-there was one part with Murder-y Vibes that gave me actual chills and creeped me out
-SO many obstacles for poor Serina and Nomi, but it just strengthened their resolve
-the romance and chemistry were there, but didn’t overpower the feminist agenda of the story
-heartbreaking sacrifice

While the ending wasn’t totally what I pictured, I’m still glad there were so many epic action scenes! No one was there to steal Serina and Nomi’s thunder and they weren’t undermined in any way by men. This was such a well-written duology and I loved how everything was tied together nicely. Highly recommend this story if you loved The Selection, The Diminished, and The Belles!

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