Girls of Storm and Shadow, by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire #2

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?

Natasha Ngan really knows how to mess with a girl’s emotions! This book started out at a much more relaxed and fun pace than Girls of Paper and Fire, which I needed after the intensity of the first book. So many new characters are introduced and there’s a lot of humour – I adore the Cat Clan! As expected though, this book gets dark…who do I even trust in this series anymore? With a bounty on her head, will Lei ever be free from the evil monarchy? I cannot wait for the third book, especially after that ending!

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