Book Review #150 – Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 400 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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 and alluring 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.

Descendant of the Crane is, by far, one of the best books of the year. Also, it has one of the best covers ever as well. When DOTC was compared as a “chinese Game of Thrones,” it really gathered my interests even though I have never seen the show or read the books. I just knew I had to read it because I knew it was going to be good. As you may have guessed, the book was AMAZING!

When you hear everyone telling you to read this book because it’s more than good and the best, they’re right. He has written an excellent book and knows how to create a story that will keep you on your toes with unseen shocking twists throughout the entire story.

Descendant of the Crane has many factors that makes the story what it is. Along with the (actually good) twists, there are politics, world-building, and even some history mixed in with legends and myths. Although there were a lot of things that aren’t usually my forte like politics, He has made it really interesting and worth reading. Everything made complete sense for me. It was the best I use of politics have ever seen.

What also makes a story are the characters. All of the characters were well developed, driven, and like-able. Well, of course there may be one or two characters that may be not like-able after all, but everyone still works. Hesina is truly one of the best characters I have read about.

Overall, Descendant of the Crane is a contender to be one of the best books of the year. Between the writing, characters, and details, the book has all the ingredients to make the perfect story. After all, He managed to pull off one unbelievable and shocking ending that you know you are going to want to read all about it. Everyone has to have the chance to read this story.

17 thoughts on “Book Review #150 – Descendant of the Crane

  1. I can’t wait to read this month next month! I’m so excited since I’ve only seen amazing reviews so far.


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