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Book Review: Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He

I just finished reading this book and my mind is completely empty of thoughts. It was that good! I cannot thank NetGalley enough for granting me my request to read the advanced copy of Descendant Of The Crane. You just gave me my new favorite book!

About The Book

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because, in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Details

Author: Joan He
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Titan Books
Date Of Publication: 16th June 2020
Pages: 400
Format: Kindle Ebook
Source: NetGalley

It has been two days and I still cannot believe I read Descendant Of The Crane. I think it was last year when I heard about this book. The entire plot intrigued me and I knew I had to get it. Of course, just like with every book that I really want, it finally landed in my wishlist where it lay forgotten until now. Honestly, I thought the book had already been published so I was surprised when it showed up on my feed available to request.

Descendant Of The Crane is a Chinese inspired historical fantasy that tells us the story of the newly coronated Queen Hesina. The king was found dead and she takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of her fathers’ murder. Her search for truth takes us on an adventure across the lands and into the past. As more and more truths are revealed to her she realises that the past isn’t what she thought it was.

There is treason, there is treachery and betrayal. There are so many plot twists that you never see coming. It was very hard to put the book down because each page is filled with such emotion that leaves you wanting more. It comes down to the point where you don’t know which character to trust. You think you know a character and then on the very next page, the author reveals something about them that make your jaw drop! I love books that are set in a kind of courtroom-royal family drama kind of scene. Bonus points if it includes a little bit of magic so obviously this book ticked all boxes.

Descendant Of The Crane is a beautiful book. Plot-wise and world-building wise. I really like that the book starts with a map of the region. This makes it easier to understand the story when the characters discuss the geography of the book. Also, can we talk about how stunning the cover art is!?

About the Author

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city waterfront. Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut.

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Book Review: Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He

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