Book Review: Girls of Storm and Shadow

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

God this is a good story, I loved the first one and this one was just amazing. I am so obsessed with the first novel, so receiving this arc excites me to no end. I love that this one picks up right where the first one left off. I won’t dive deep into the plot because I don’t want to spoil this gem of a series. 

I love the LGBT representation in this story. The author deals so well with upsetting and hard to swallow issues with the utmost sensitivity. This is not a light book. It is very emotionally jarring. It had me upset, crying, and swearing. The story is so strong as well as the characters and I love that the story is very very unique. 

I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I love that the queer romance was not something that was pushed. It was just a natural part of the story. It was never announced that anyone was gay or bisexual it was just normalized and I loved that. 

This is easily one of the best series I have ever read. Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to review this title. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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