I found this to be a such a profound and heartfelt story that literally took me on a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish. The descriptive nature of Natasha Ngan’s writing literally manifests in the reader's mind, from the simple but worn down land of the Paper castes to the grandeur and dark opulence of the palace and the city that surrounds it.
The sequel seems to be a lifetime away from the first book. Set in a time of chaos, war and loss, we see the characters take their own paths in this fight whilst dealing with past consequences and new dangers.
I'm really into my fantasy novels lately, luckily I seem to be finding genuinely enjoyable books that are worth a read (so far, touch wood). After seeing this book continuously throughout the Twittersphere and Goodreads lists, I decided to give it a go.
I had seen this book countless times in different Goodreads lists and on bookshelves in stores, but it wasn’t until I was at Waterstones with my friends that I really took an interest and had the urge to start reading it right away.
It was hard to narrow down my favourite books as I have read so much over the years so I decided to list my favourite authors instead. Some of these haven’t been read in some years but are so good that they have made an impact on my reading tastes and what I value in a piece of text. Although I am introduced to new authors and books all the time, these are the ones that stand out in my mind even now.