Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane

byJoan He

Kobo ebook | April 9, 2019

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"Deep world-building, magical family secrets, and intricate palace politics—Descendant of the Crane soars from page one. Its twists and treacheries kept me guessing until the very end."—Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina

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 enlists 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.

Title:Descendant of the CraneFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 9, 2019Publisher:Albert Whitman & CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0807515507

ISBN - 13:9780807515501

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Political Fantasy 3. 75 stars Thank you to Netgally for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review I was initially drawn to this book based on the cover (I mean look at it, it's beautiful), the description and the fact that it was a Chinese-inspired fantasy, something I have not really had the opportunity to read.. Although the book went in a completely different direction than I thought it would, I still really enjoyed it! Descendant of the Crane follows Hesina, and her rise to power after her father dies in a mysterious fashion. She decides to investigate the death of her father. She goes to see a sooth, a person who can see the future and is an outcast in this society, who told her to find a convict with a rod. From there she finds Akira, who she works with to discover not only the truth of what happened to her father, but also ancient secrets and treachery that has been hidden for centuries. The premise of the plot was really interesting! I didn't realize how much the murder mystery would play into the plot, and I really enjoyed all the twists and turn it took. There were a lot of reveals in this book and most of them were really fantastic and really threw me for a loop. I also really enjoyed the commentary on blind hatred and discrimination. It was something that I felt was dealt with really well and is super relevant to a lot of situations today. The one problem I had with the plot was the pacing towards the middle/end of the book. I feel like the story started very quickly and had great pacing, then just slowed right down in the middle, which made it a bit of a struggle to get through at times. I really enjoyed Hesina as a character. I felt she was very complex and I like being able to see her thoughts on what was going on in her country. I enjoyed seeing her struggle with the moral dilemmas she faced quite often in the book, and how she wasn't a perfect queen for her country. She had to make a lot of moral sacrifices to do what was best for her people, and I really like how that affected her character throughout the book. A lot of the characters in this book fell really flat for me. We were not given a lot of time with some of them, and I found it hard to relate with them and empathize with their situations. Overall this was a really interesting mystery, and I am interested to see what happens if a sequel is going to be written.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS so she may write a sequel! In this age of twitter and fractured attentions, Joan created this wonderful world in which I happily lost myself. I love Caiyan and Sanjing so much and I want to know more about them!!! I was skeptical at first of the incorporation of Chinese names and references into a story written in English, but it was very well-done! The reign of the Eleven also invokes parallels of a certain modern ruling regime, which was a very nice touch indeed. Everyone READ THIS so she may write a sequel!
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atmospheric writing at it's best! After the mysterious death of her father, teenage Hesina finds herself thrown into the ruling of her currently-unstable kingdom (becoming Queen Hesina of Yan). She is convinced her father has been murdered, and will do anything to see to it that he gets an investigation and trial... even if that means committing treason. Honestly, this didn’t sound like something I would normally read, but I decided to give it a try... and I’m so thankful I did! Joan He’s writing is atmospheric and beautiful, and although the story started out slow, it ramped up at the end and was full of action. Hesina was lovable, and the rest of her blended family were all interesting characters. I honestly would want to continue reading a series about this family if the author decided to turn this into a series! I was definitely left wanting more. Overall, I had fun, and I’m happy I read something out of my comfort zone!
Date published: 2019-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Well Crafted Novel This book blends fantasy, mystery, and drama very well. If a story about an outcasted magical race, a puzzling death of a king, of legend and legacy, a new queen on the search for truth and the drama of a kingdom on the verge of chaos caused by fear, doubt, and betrayal - then you’ll enjoy The Descendant of the Crane.
Date published: 2019-02-01