BWW Cover Reveal: GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan
James Patterson Imprint JIMMY Patterson Books has revealed the cover and synopsis to the next big sensation under their umbrella, GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan, out October 23, 2018. JIMMY Patterson's purpose is "not just to publish compulsively readable books by James Patterson and other writers, but also to provide resources, strategies, and programs that serve the country's librarians, booksellers, teachers, and parents."
GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE marks the US debut of Ngan's work, who has previously published novels in the UK. The novel is a full-fledged fantasy full of Asian mythology and mixes in aspects of Ngan's time growing up in Malaysia.
According to Ngan, the book will revolve around, "demons and concubines and a hidden palace and assassins and battles in the sky, and did I mention lesbian lovers?" She goes on to state, "I really hope I get to share this story with you all. It's the first book of a planned trilogy, so although I'm mildly terrified at having to write a sequel that matches up to - and hopefully betters - book 1, I am very happy I get to stay in this world and with these characters for a while longer yet."
We're already happy she can, too, and can't wait to get our hands on this new release!
Take a look at the cover and summary for GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE:
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 cruel.
But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.
Presented by James Patterson, Natasha Ngan's lyrical, searing, visceral fantasy, Girls of Paper and Fire, will remind us how precious freedom is--and the price we must pay to achieve it.