Blogmas Book Review: Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

fullsizeoutput_3401GoodReads Summary:
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.
Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury, #2)Review:
This sequel was just as good as the first book. I had some of the same issues, but also loved mostly the same things.
The story picks right back up where the first book left us. I really loved both Nomi and Serina. They’ve both grown so much. Serina is learning that in order to survive she needs to do the opposite of what she was taught while growing up. Nomi has learned that she needs to keep her calm and that she is too easily trusting. Seeing the sisters reunite was the best. Both sisters seeing how the other had changed in their time apart was a shock for them. But I loved seeing them together again. All too soon, they both went off on separate missions again.
But their missions were both important ones. I really liked the pacing of the story. There was action and danger, but there were also periods of travel, planning, and preparation. I liked that we got to see the women training on Mount Ruin. Nomi’s part of the story was heartbreaking, but it was interesting to see her become almost as ruthless as Serina.
The only issue I had with this book was the romances. I really could have just completely done without them. Even Serina’s which was developing since book one, I just wasn’t invested in the romantic aspects of the book. Especially for Nomi, because she trusted someone she shouldn’t have in book one because of romance and then she has a totally new romance in this book. I would have much preferred for the story to focus more on the sisters than any romance.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I flew through the story and couldn’t put it down until I got to the ending (which I also would have liked a “five years later” chapter or something to see how things really changed.) I’m very happy I finally picked this series up and I can’t wait to see what Banghart comes out with next.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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