A Review of: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Girls of Paper and Fire is a high fantasy novel set in a world inspired by Asian culture. Within the novel’s world there are three castes of people; Paper (fully human), Steel (human with demon/animal characteristics), and Moon (fully demon). The main protagonist, Lei, is chosen to be a Paper Girl (a concubine to the Demon King.) However, she falls in love with a fellow Paper Girl.
The novel is told from the first person perspective of Lei. This style worked well as it allowed me as a reader to watch her development as a character and to empathize with her.
There were quite a few characters within this novel and it felt as though Ms. Ngan tried to give depth and personality to each of them. The main female characters in the novel were strong women who overcame much adversity and abuse. The antagonists in the novel are also very well written.
Lei and her love interest had wonderful chemistry. I appreciated how while their attraction was pretty immediate, their deeper feelings for each other came later. This made the romance feel like it was developing at a natural pace.
Despite having a bit of a slow start, the novel had good pacing overall.
Final Thoughts/Would I Recommend This Read?:
This is one of the most unique fantasy books I've read. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves high fantasy novels, strong female characters, and anyone looking for an LGBT+ read. This novel has a lot of elements that can appeal to readers looking for a variety of things. This has been one of my favorite novels of 2019 and was one of my Must Reads of the Month for February. If you’re looking for a new book to read, I would definitely try this one. I cannot wait to read and review the next book in this trilogy when it comes out!
Final Rating: 9.5/10