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Review: Queen of Ruin

Book: Queen of Ruin

Here’s my review of the first book, Grace and Fury!

Author: Tracy Banghart

Year Published: 2019

  • Plot: 3/5
  • Characters: 4/5
  • Writing: 4/5
  • Overall: 3/5

Queen of Ruin was the conclusion to the Grace and Fury duology and while it was better than the first book, I still found it a bit lacking.

At the start of the novel, the two sisters, Serina and Nomi, were reeling from the disastrous events that unfolded in the previous book. Serina, while battling her grief and guilt, was trying to lead the women of the Mount Ruin prison to freedom. Whereas, Nomi was struggling with Asa’s betrayal of her trust and wanted to keep her family safe. However, they ended up joining together to fight for the rights of all of the women of their country and wanted to change the ingrained sexist ideologies surrounding women.

I liked the way Serina’s character went from strength to strength. In this book, she truly became a fierce leader and warrior. Nomi’s character development was subtler but she definitely became more confident and sure of herself. I admired them both for their courage to fight against a system that had suppressed women for years and years.

I also liked the other female side characters because they were nuanced and complex but sadly, just like the first book, the male characters were as flat as cheese crackers. Malachi was broody; Val was nice, nice, nice; Renzo was really nice too and Asa was the classic unhinged emotionless villain.

The reason I found it ‘a bit lacking’ was because barely anything happened considering it’s a few hundred page book. I thought there was too much repetitive filler and not as much interesting content.

Queen of Ruin was a quick read with fairly deep themes but all in all not very impressive or original. I’d recommend it to people who enjoyed the first book.

Thank you to Hachette Children’s Group for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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