When you’re reading the conclusion to a series and you are worried for LITERALLY EVERY CHARACTER then you know you’ve been reading a good one.
Title: Girls of Fate and Fury
Author: Natasha Ngan
Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #3
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 23rd November 2021
Ownership: eARC provided by the publisher
Rating: 4.5 stars
There were some things I LOVED about this book – the fear and worry for every character has been ramping up all series and, for a trilogy with all of the trigger and content warnings, Ngan has always done a good job of treating these things with an element of sensitivity, or, at least realness.
In this book we see more of an emphasis on not just physical disability, but also the debilitating effect that long-term trauma can have on an individual. That’s always what this series has been about, and it won’t be for everyone, but it’s not afraid to approach these things. There SHOULD be long-term trauma when horrendous events happen in a novel. The characters have to live it.
And in that same vein, the story here continues beyond the action’s conclusion – there’s another 15% of the novel to go before you reach the its actual conclusion. Which is satisfying – again, it’s the way it should be.
I appreciate a lot of people were excited for POV chapters from Wren – this was certainly the time for it. However, I enjoyed this less once the two POV characters were united, as things began to switch between first person and third person narrative in the same setting.
Finally, there are a few events that happened that I felt should have had more of an impact. But with so much else going on, I can understand why we didn’t dwell on them.
This was a satisfying end to an intense trilogy that made me fear what would happen next and truly lauded the importance of sisterhood.
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.