Series: Girls of Paper and Fire Book 1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours and 23 minutes
First Published: 2018
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she 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.
Quotes from Girls of Paper and Fire
I don’t want an easy life. I want a meaningful one.
Falling in love is the most dangerous thing women like us can do.
Perhaps being a traitor can be a good thing if you are betraying those who deserve it.
Remember, even that which seems impossible at first can be overcome by strength of mind and heart.
About Natasha Ngan
Natasha Ngan is the author of The Elites, The Memory Keepers and Girls of Paper and Fire. 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 at Girl in the Lens. Visit the author’s website →