Review of ‘Grace and Glory’

The final novel in the Harbinger trilogy, Grace and Glory, delivers exceptional characterization, humor, and excellent rising tension.

Excellent Conclusion

Grace and Glory
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Inkyard Press

Armentrout has done a fantastic job of bringing to life this world with these characters, strong story building, and impressive world-building. I have said this once before, and I will repeat this; it reminds me so much of Gargoyles. However, that is what I love about it. This sense of nostalgia while also making this series and these beings her own.

There are Angels, Ghosts, Demons, Gargoyles, Witches, and Trinity, a trueborn half-human and half-angel. Armentrout gives the world a breath of life as she delves into the history of these creatures without diverging from the story.

That is what makes her storytelling so strong. The layers and layers of Grace and Glory give it depth and dimension, sucking the reader in. We can connect to Trinity because she is flawed and yet so resilient. Her retinitis pigmentosa means she is slowly going blind, but she never stops fighting, never gives up, and continues to hold her own.

Layered Storytelling

Moreover, while the story has been about her quest to stop the Harbinger, it is also about Trinity coming to terms with her condition. She has spent so much of her time living in fear of the day she will not see, and that is understandable. It is a scary thought to wake up one day and be blind, unable to see the stars or your loved ones’ faces. So for much of the series, we have been following her on this journey where she hides her fear under layers of snark and attitude. Not a bad thing, working to make her even more relatable. However, it works so well for her character growth, creating this connection with the reader.

Armentrout also never loses the momentum of the overarching plot. While adding humorous scenes with the Supernatural addicted Lucifer, Armentrout keeps the reader entertained from beginning to end. Her storytelling does not falter, and the romance aspect of it also shines.

Between Zayne and Trinity, the romance aspect of the story continues to develop. They continue to find their way back to one another. They face many hurdles in their romance, but they come together not through cliches but with their strength. Together they shine, but they also shine when they are apart as well. They are not this codependent trope; they respect one another, fight alongside one another, and hold their own, making their characterization stronger and more relatable to the reader.

Final Thoughts

Grace and Glory is, simply put, a fantastic conclusion. Armentrout leaves the door open to continue to explore this world, but this trilogy holds its own. Grace and Glory entertain and grounds readers in its characterization, humor, action, and storytelling, bringing the trilogy to a solid ending.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date:  June 1, 2021Page Count: 512ppAge Range: 13 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-3352-1278-8Publisher: Inkyard PressList Price: $19.99

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9.5

Writing Quality

9.0/10

Character Development

9.0/10

"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness

10.0/10

Intellectual Depth

9.5/10

Originality

10.0/10

Pros

  • Layered storytelling.
  • Great characterization.
  • Strong representation of persons with disabilities.
  • Never stops moving.

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