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Review: Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

You all knew I’d love Girls of Fate and Fury. It’s a stunning finale to one of my favorite YA fantasy series ever. I actually had to sit on this review for a few days because I honestly wasn’t sure how to put into words how much I love this book. Keep reading this book review to see me try.


The final pages of Girls of Storm and Shadow brought a jaw-dropping conclusion that had the fates of Lei and Wren hanging in uncertainty. But one thing was certain – the Hidden Palace was the last place that Lei would ever consider home. The trauma and tragedy she suffered behind those opulent walls would plague her forever. She could not be trapped there with the sadistic king again, especially without Wren.

The last Lei saw of the girl she loved, Wren was fighting an army of soldiers in a furious battle to the death. With the two girls torn apart and each in terrorizing peril, will they find each other again or have their destinies diverged forever?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: mentions of sexual assault and self-harm

Girls of Fate and Fury is a balm to my soul. Featuring a Lei and Wren POV, it’s a story about agency and change. My favorite characters have gone through so much. Girls of Fate and Fury merely cements the lengths, mistakes, and sacrifices these characters have gone through. At the beginning, Ngan asks us what we are willing to do. Sacrifice and choice has always been a central theme in this series. But Girls of Fate and Fury takes moments to deconstruct our duty, loyalties, and choices.

The lines of mercy, forgiveness, and blame in war. All the nightmares that haunt us when we close our eyes. In the heat of the moment, we can be caught up in the hum of battle, but only when the dust begins to clear, can we see the blood on our hand. It’s not only those choices where lives are in our hands, but all the times we stand by, those indirect pauses. Girls of Fate and Fury is emotional and action packed all at once.

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It’s a fantastic series finale that emphasizes Ngan’s focus on healing, trauma, and agency. Girls of Fate and Fury is about reclaiming ourselves and our choices. Of taking a stand in our own narrative – the labels we put onto ourselves and our stories. It celebrates that love and friendship are bonds which makes us stronger. Which give us the courage to see ourselves anew and to change the world. If you’ve loved this series, it’s an easy choice why you have to read this finale. It’s everything I didn’t know I needed all at once. Find Girls of Fate and Fury on Goodreads, Amazon (US)(UK), Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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