I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #2
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on November 5th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
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In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.
Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn't the end of the plan---it's just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei's head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?
So having adored and read Girls of Paper and Fire a little while ago, I was not prepared for Girls of Storm and Shadow. For me this was must better than the first book and much stronger.
Lei, was a much stronger character. More determined and able to help herself. Yes she does still have her weaknesses but she now has a lot more people around her who care. At least if not for her personal, then what she stands for in the rebellion – hope.
I especially loved new characters -Nitta, Bo and Merrin- who are steels. Especially Bo as he always managed to put a smile on my face and make me laugh in the most serious of situations. I can see some of their motives for joining the resistance (I think!) but I would love to know more about why they made that decision.
Throughout we see not only Lei point of view, but also the views of others as we see the fallout of Lei and Wren’s actions the night of the moon ball. I loved that we didn’t just focus on just Lei and her companions. It made the drama more dramatic. Also there was a couple of characters that I had forgotten about and I now really need to know what happens to them.
Girls of Storm and Shadow was pacy and great at setting up for the next book. I honestly cannot tell what will happen and who will survive (come on be honest with yourselves). This was a book that I flew through and I know the next one will be no different.