First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!
At night, the heavenly rulers dreamed of colors, and into the day those colors bled onto the earth, raining down onto the paper people and blessing them with the gifts of the gods. But in their fear, some of the paper people bid from the rain and were so left untouched. And some basked in the storm, and so were blessed above all others with the strength and wisdom of the heavens.
– The Okharan Mae Scripts
Paper caste — Fully human, unadorned with any animal-demon features, and incapable of demon abilities such as flight.
Steel caste — Humans endowed with partial animal-demon qualities, both in physicality and abilities.
Moon caste — Full demon, with whole animal-demon features such as horns, wings, or fur on a humanoid form, and complete demon capabilities.
– the Demon King’s postwar Treaty on the Castes
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)
Author: Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.
It’s the highest honour they could hope for…
And the most demeaning.
This year, there’s a ninth girl.
And instead of paper,
She’s made of fire.
Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl whose golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has 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. There, Lei does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
Please be aware that this contains scenes of violence and sexual assault.