Girls of Fate and Fury, by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire #3

‘Don’t struggle, Lei-zhi. It’s time to take you back to the Hidden Palace. You’re going home.’

The jaw-dropping conclusion to Girls of Storm and Shadow left the fates of Lei and Wren hanging in the balance. There’s one thing Lei knows – she can never return to the Hidden Palace. The trauma and tragedy she suffered behind those opulent walls will plague her forever. She cannot be trapped there with the sadistic king again, especially without Wren.

The last time Lei saw the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death.

The Girls of Paper and Fire series has been my reading life for the past 3 years, ever since the first book arrived in my Fairyloot subscription in 2018. I’ve loved a lot of books in between, of course, but I utterly fell in love with Girls and it’s always in the back of my mind as my favourite, as the one in which I’m always waiting for the next book. I knew the final book was going to be amazing and it didn’t disappoint – there are a lot of surprises along the way, some good and some bad, some I could never in a million years have anticipated. I’m sad that the series is over, but I’m really happy with the way it ended.

It’s so incredibly hard to sum up the finale of a trilogy, especially one that’s so meaningful to me, so I’m going to make a list of a few (no spoiler) points I think you might like to hear –

We get to hear from Wren’s point of view, as well as Lei’s.

There is so much healing in this book, I’m glad that the trauma is named out loud for what it is.

As with the previous book, there’s a lot of humour in Girls of Fate and Fury – some of these characters are hilarious.

Some characters are lost, some are gained.

One word – betrayal.

This story is so inclusive when it comes to queer and disabled characters, I have never felt so seen by a book.

The first two books were definitely exciting…but they have met their match – so many heart pounding scenes!

I got the warm fuzzy reunions I was hoping for.

I may have a crush on a gay wolf demon, I will not be taking questions at this time.

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