Girls Of Storm And Shadow by Natasha Ngan

*Spoiler free, but spoilers for Girls Of Paper And Fire*

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?

I really, really loved Girls Of Paper And Fire and I was really looking forward the sequel. I knew it was going to be intense. A war is starting and there are enemies everywhere for Lei and Wren. The publisher actually sent my a physical ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I still can’t believe they sent it to me and I’m still kind of in shock haha. Thank you so much JimmyBooks! This will not effect my review.

This book was a really good continuation of the first one. It was different, but it felt like the same world and the same characters. It felt like the world I knew, but thrust into a war.

In this book, we’re able to get a better look at different kinds of demons and different parts of this world. I thought it was really cool to see more and experience more. It gave the world more depth and it gave a better understanding at how it ticks.

One thing I was not expecting was how morally gray characters would become. I don’t remember this being huge in the first book, so I wasn’t expecting it here. But this is war and war require you to make hard decisions. I didn’t love how certain instances played out and certain decisions characters were making, but when reveals where made and the reality of the war set in, everything made sense. They’re trying to survive, the only way they know how. Characters you think you know change completely, but can you really blame them with what they are going through? And the choices they are forced to make? I want to be mad at certain characters and I don’t like some of their actions, but I simply can’t. It’s really cool to feel that way and I think it just shows how brilliant a storyteller Ngan is.

There was so much gorgeous scenery in this book and all of it is so different. I loved seeing different parts of this world in all their beauty and sometimes all of their wickedness.

I’m not quite sure how to explain this, but this book felt like it wasn’t as tightly tied together as the first book. It felt looser. I didn’t love it, but I’m not sure if it was a bad thing. I think it works with how the story is progressing and fits in with the trilogy.

The ending was absolutely¬† heartbreaking. I honestly can’t believe it happened. It was so good and I think it was really smart. I think it sets up the next book really well. It really makes everything tie together and things that I didn’t love made sense and fit really well with everything.

The first book was the spark, the second book is the fire running up the rope, and I feel like the third book is going to be what happens when the fire hits the gunpowder. I can’t wait to see what the third book holds.

Girls Of Storm And Shadow comes out November 5, 2019! You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy in the meantime!

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