Thank you to the publishers for asking me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour for Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan.
About the Author
Natasha Ngan is a NYT bestselling author and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.
She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French.
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?
I read Girls of Paper and Fire last year and absolutely loved it (a review can be found in this post), giving it 5 stars. I reread GOPAF in September so that I could have the whole story fresh in my mind before picking up GOSAS, which I’m glad I did.
Girls of Storm and Shadow picks straight back up where Girls of Paper and Fire finished. We continue to follow Lei and Wren on their journey to finding not only themselves, but each other and a way to end this nightmare that just seems to continue.
We are introduced to plenty of new characters in GOSAS and Nitta and Bo are my favourites. I love their banter and they way they just seem to bring a little light-hearted comedy to the story. I also really enjoy Merrin as a character. Another sassy Steel Caste to join the team – who we meet for the first time at the end of GOPAF.
With fascinating world building and some epic fighting scenes, this book will have you wanting more the second you pick it up.
I gave this book 4/5 stars and I do highly recommend picking this series up if you haven’t done so yet.
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