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Book Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire
by Natasha Ngan
Rating:
★★★★

Published by Hachette Books Australia
Publication Date: 9th of July, 2019
Australian RRP: $16.99

“Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.”

Girls of Paper and Fire is a captivating book that I read pretty much from start to finish in one day. Lei’s enchanting gold eyes on the cover of Girls of Paper and Fire draws the reader into this book the same way she draws the attention of the demon king in the story. The cover love definitely ignited my fire to read this book but I was drawn into the plot with the idea of these girls, some from the lowest ranks, becoming consorts to the king. It reminded me of some other great fantasy books I had read such as The Jewel, Three Dark Crowns, and The Cerulean. 

The love story between Lei and another person in this book, definitely not the king, was the most exciting part of the story to me. It was woven together with my interest in the court and wondering what would happen to her as a consort but watching her love bloom. I loved the world-building explaining the courts within the royal palace, the caste system, the different roles women played in the palace and Lei’s training to be a paper girl. All of this together came to be a thoroughly enjoyable book that was easy to read and swept me in quickly. 

What I hope for in the next book is more of the same magical writing, an advancement in her love story and justice for her and all paper girls. I also feel for her being away from her father whom she is trying to protect so I hope he’s okay after the scattered events at the end of the first book. I’m so sad I don’t have the second book at home because I’m desperate to find out what happens next now but as soon as I can get to a bookstore I’m going to pick up Girls of Storm and Shadow! 

Thank you to Hachette Australia for a copy of this book for review. Girls of Paper and Fire is out now instore and online, purchase links below.

Thanks for reading!

Hachette Australia, Girls of Paper and Fire
Purchase Links: Booktopia // QBD // Dymocks

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