An elegant and heart-rending ode to human endurance, and to love. Lei is an unforgettable protagonist - her story will have you reading all night, then calling for the next one
A compelling narrative of personal rebellion, and 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
'Lei's story is gorgeously woven in Ngan's emotionally nuanced, crystalline prose. This book broke my heart, made me cry, and had me completely spellbound from the first page
One of the most original worlds I have come across in a long time . . . there is an absolute lyricism to the some parts of the book that show Ngan's mastery of language
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.
A vital and energetic novel . . . that mounts with increasing tension towards an explosive conclusion . . . . I enjoyed it tremendously
A stereotype-smashing, female, LGBTQ, Asian, fantasy protagonist 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?
A beautifully written, powerful story unique against all the current YA fantasy out there. You must read this.
Queer girls falling in love while kicking ass and resisting oppression in a rich, magical, and Asian-inspired world. What more could you ask for?
Ngan's plot is tense and tight, her action sequences are elegant and adrenaline-soaked, and her story's stakes increase exponentially through the pulse-pounding conclusion. She champions self-empowerment while condemning classism, homophobia, and the commodification of women. What most distinguishes this book, though, is how incisively and intoxicatingly Ngan writes about love
This book is important . . . a well-crafted, lovely story with characters that tugged at my heartstrings
Thrust into the beauty and horror of the Hidden Palace, will this Paper Girl survive? Ideal for those seeking diverse LGBTQ fantasy stories
Girls of Paper and Fire is as lush - and brutal - as the Demon King's own court. Ngan is a stunning new talent.
A story of magic, mayhem, rebellion and young love . . . a must read for anyone who enjoys a well told fantasy tale featuring a diverse cast of characters
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.
A stunning work of fantasy fiction . . . Girls of Paper and Fire is ambitious in scale - but Natasha Ngan's imagination is extraordinary . . . guaranteed to get your pulse racing
Beautiful and heart-breaking and meaningful . . . Ngan's writing is stunning
An explosively tense and immensely deft novel . . . Ngan has written a very accomplished work, and I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
Ngan's story is rich, is beautiful, is devastating and magical, and one of the best novels that I've picked up so far in 2018
This book spoke to me on a very personal level, with its messages of surviving and thriving after trauma. One of the *the* best YA books I've read for years. The world building was impeccable and lavish. The love story felt earned and true. It was escapist but also handled real world issues brilliantly.
Natasha Ngan at Cymera 2019
The Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
8th Jun 2019 3:45 pm
Natasha Ngan will talk Eastern-inspired fantasy with Zoë Marriott. Zoë Marriott is the author of several lush fantasy novels, the latest being The Hand, the Eye and the Heart, which tells the story of genderfluid protagonist Zhi and contains echoes of The Ballad of Mulan. Natasha Ngan is the NYT bestselling author of Girls of…
Natasha Ngan at YALC
YALC, London Olympia
28th Jul 2019
Natasha Ngan will appear on the 'Monsters and their Makers' panel with Justina Ireland, Kristen Ciccarelli, Samantha Shannon and Taran Matharu, with Eleanor Pender chairing