Girls of Paper & Fire by Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honour they could hope for . . . and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth.
And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
‘A timely reminder that, in the right hands, the fantasy genre has things to say about injustice and abuse of power in the real world’ Guardian
Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after – the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
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'This gorgeous book is everything I want in a fantasy. Beautiful, lush, lyrical with fantastic world building and an epic forbidden romance, I devoured every word and was left desperately wanting more.' - Ellen Oh, author of The Prophecy series
'Get ready to be pulled into a lush, magical world, where two concubines must hide their forbidden love if they want to survive the Demon King's treacherous court. A fiery, spellbinding read.' - Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
'Girls of Paper and Fire is as lush - and brutal - as the Demon King's own court. Ngan is a stunning new talent.' - Kiersten White, NYT bestselling author of And I Darken
'A beautifully written, powerful story unique against all the current YA fantasy out there. You must read this.' - Joshua Khan, author of Shadow Magic
'Thrust into the beauty and horror of the Hidden Palace, will this Paper Girl survive? Ideal for those seeking diverse LGBTQ fantasy stories.' - Kirkus Reviews
'A stereotype-smashing, female, LGBTQ, Asian, fantasyprotagonist that is based in the author's own experiences? Serious question: Was Natasha Ngan's Girls of Paper and Fire birthed from our collective dreams?' - Bustle.com
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Published: 11 July 2019