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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: July 6th, 2021
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
Six Crimson Cranes
Dragons, Curses and Quests
“Find the light that lets your lantern shine”
Once again we find ourselves back in the stunning world that the author Elizabeth Lim first introduced us in the The Blood of Stars duology.
This is a thrilling spectacular reimagined tale of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. Elizabeth Lim is a true wordsmith blending The Wild Swans as backdrop storyline, and making it an incredible book. She cleverly adds in Japanese and Chinese delightful legends such as the Chinese Legend of the White Snake, and the Chang’e the Moon Goddess. There is another fable woven in that is truly one of my all time favorites and that is the story of the Japanese fable of the Girl with the Black Bowl.
Princess Shiori’anma, is approaching her seventeenth birthday. Betrothed to warlord’s son Bushi’an Takkan. This will strengthen alliances with Shiori father the Emperor of Kiata. Shiori is reluctant to marry her intended the third lord of the barbarian north. She also has a secret she must keep hidden because in the kingdom of Kiata Magic is completely forbidden. On the day of her Betrothal ceremony thanks do not go as expected. Shiori comes very close to death in the Sacred Lake. Saved by you guessed it a magical shapeshifting dragon.
Her rare magical ability draws the attention of the dragon and they have deep connection because of the small amount of the dragon prince Seryu pearl that has been placed within the Princess body. This Pearl helped saved her from drowning, and the dragon prince Seryu offers to teach her how to use her gift of magical abilities. When a series of events occurs, the villainess truth about the step mother comes to light. A traumatic curse is cast and it changes the young princess life and the lives of her brothers completely.
Elizabeth Lim has yet again written an atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining YA Fantasy! Lim seamless writing was mesmerising and poetic, her ability as a wordsmith is outstanding. She wonderfully combines the meticulous details of a scholar, along with the vivid prose of a natural storyteller. The Innovative world building and incisive character development make this compulsively readable.
I enjoyed the family elements of relationship of the young princess and her brothers, Along with the Princess Shiori’anma, own suffering and growth made this YA book a spectacular must read.
The stellar twist at the end sets up the next book in this inventive duology. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment from his very talented author.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Elizabeth Lim is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), the New York Times bestseller So This is Love, and the USA Today bestseller Reflection. Forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively.
Elizabeth grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.
Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and she turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel—for kicks, at first, then things became serious—and she hasn’t looked back since.
Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and she completed her graduate degrees (MM, DMA) at The Juilliard School. She grew up in Northern California and Tokyo, Japan, and now resides in New York with her husband and two daughters.
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