Descendant Of The Crane is a beautiful book. — Kristen Ciccarelli ,internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara Just when we’re Joan He’s debut young adult novel, Descendant of the Crane, defies YA fantasy expectations. (Ministry of Works, what!!!) There are so many things in this book and I’m trying to organize my thoughts so I can give a coherent review of this story. If the magic system were built up a little more it would be perfect. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2019 Her father, the king, taught her to believe in the people, the courts, truth, and the new era. Descendant of the Crane proper messed up my mind (and emotions) for quite a while. One is examining what makes a person good or evil. He takes “Chinese-inspired fantasy” to new heights. Descendant of the Crane is a 9/10 for me. Characters: 5/5 Writing: 5/5 Overall: 5/5 The Descendant of the Crane was an intricate Chinese fantasy full of treachery and about a relentless hunt for the truth. Although I loved the various sibling relationships in Descendant of the Crane, I had mixed feelings about the various romantic relationships in this book. Descendant of the Crane opens as 17-year-old Princess Hesina of Yan embarks on a mission to find the assassin who recently murdered her father. Descendant of the Crane explores many themes in a brilliant way. Joan He does a fantastic job building characters who don’t fit into either box. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This makes it easier to understand the story when the characters discuss the geography of the book. But the characters scrawled between the vertical columns of text weren’t commentary or critique. The characters inside the book were squashed, and each short column of text contained several cross-outs. They’re human and their actions speak volumes. Also, can we talk I found Akira to be the least developed character in this novel, and compared to the natural chemistry Hesina had with her siblings, their relationship seemed stilted. Utterly compelling from page one, this book will grab you and not let up until the final page. They were reports—fine-grained accounts detailing the security and transportation systems of several borderland towns, information that would have been very helpful to a Kendi’an raiding party. Descendant of the Crane also features a compelling cast of characters with complex relationships that leave you unsure of how you feel about the events of the narrative. I'm so glad to hear that you loved this one so much and that the characters are so compelling. Descendant of the Crane is on my TBR list. "Descendant of the Craneis my favorite kind of story: lyrical, romantic, politically complex, but most of all, driven by an iron-willed heroine who will do what must be done—no matter the cost." When she first takes on the role, her main goal is just to avenge her father’s murder, but the longer she rules, however, the more she realizes her kingdom is unstable and fueled by its hatred of the soothsayers and their magic. I agree that Joan He has done a fantastic job, not only with the jaw-dropping story, but also with the fantastic worldbuilding and the tridimensional characters as I can’t help be so immersed while reading. I requested an eArc of Descendant of the Crane by Joan He from Netgalley, and I am also a member of the street team for the book! —Kristen Ciccarelli, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara Tt's fantastic that they were on your mind so much after finishing the book :) Reply Delete I was constantly in suspense and it kept me guessing until the very last page. As difficult as that task alone would be, she must also convince the rest of the realm that he did not die of natural causes but was murdered. Descendant of the Crane explores many themes in a brilliant way. But that wasn’t what drove her mad. I dusted off my copy of The Descendant of the Crane — one of my most highly anticipated 2019 releases that I never managed to read (oops), which is coming out in the UK in June. Descendant of the Crane tells the story of Hesina – a young woman who finds herself the heir to the throne after her father’s sudden and suspicious passing. I am so happy I finally got a chance to read it, I feel like it's been glaring at me through my kindle forever. Hesina I just feel like Hesina could use a hug. While the plot of Descendant of the Crane revolves around politics and morality, there is the underlying plot of family and loyalty that is just as impactful. A young queen-to-be must navigate the high-stakes world of political intrigue, treachery, and murder in this magical debut that is the complex, smart YA fantasy novel I have been dreaming of. Every word included is deliberate and Plot-wise and world-building wise. Descendant of the Crane truly lives up to its hype. Rulers sacrifice their own." Next in line, Princess Hesina, is prepared to step up … Even though we never get to see Hesina and her father interact, He does an amazing job of utilizing flashbacks or brief memories to show readers the deep bond the two shared, and how losing him has affected Hesina greatly. Characters: I fell in love with the characters of Descendant of the Crane so fast, I was making them my new family just 25% of the way in. 5 March 2019 "Tyrants cut out hearts. Alright, the author of Descendant Of The Crane, Joan, loves Pusheens. Joan He does a fantastic job building characters who don’t fit into either box. Something that I have become a little tired of is reading story that could be a full, adult fantasy novel, or even just a murder mystery novel like this one is (with fantasy elements) but someone along the way said it … Descendant of the Crane also features a compelling cast of characters with complex relationships that leave you unsure of how you feel about the events of the narrative. Growing older, I’ve come to expect the predictable plot “twists” and character tropes, and as much as I love the YA genre, the same stuff not used well can really grow old. I'm already laughing. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE is a richly drawn tapestry of complex characters, a sprawling world, and a tense plot that wounds the reader as tightly as it does its burgeoning queen, Hesina. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He - Book Review '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. I really like that the book starts with a map of the region. As a kid, I’d stay up late at night under the bed covers reading books by flashlight, desperate to get to the last page. Exciting plot twists! The story unveils a world with echoes of ancient Chinese dynasties, a plot driven by mystery and intrigue, a healthy dose of fantasy and characters that are reminiscent of heroes and villains found in fairy tales. The Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Okay. As illegible as the characters were, they tugged at her mind, and for the life of her, Hesina couldn’t figure out why they seemed so familiar. Descendant of the Crane is available for purchase as of April 9, 2019. When the King of Yan dies suddenly, Hesina knows her father has been poisoned. I know I talk about how much I love every female main character I’ve read about this entire year, but Hesina really hits it Descendant of the Crane is all about the hotbed of problems the Kingdom of Yan is facing after the death of its king. Descendant of the Crane is a Chinese-inspired YA fantasy novel about politics, leadership and sacrifice. Plus, she It was a gripping and intense novel, full of world building and suspenseful characters. They’re human and their actions speak volumes. A heroine who thinks for herself! Where Descendant of the Crane truly shines is in description and setting. The rest of the cast didn’t appear that fleshed out and I felt like they were only there to Descendant of the Crane is available from Albert Whitman Teen. (lol good luck, Ashley) This book is not fluffy. It turned out to be the perfect escapist read filled with gorgeous world-building, fun characters, and more twists and turns than I could have ever anticipated! Hesina was the most fleshed-out character thanks to us following her perspective. Descendant of the Crane also features a compelling cast of characters with complex relationships that leave you unsure of how you feel about the events of the narrative. Everything about the setting is rich and vivid. One is examining what makes a person good or evil. Characters The only thing I didn’t like about Descendant of the Crane was the characters. Just when we’re Descendant of the Crane is a coming of age story in the sense that Hesina really has to grow into the role of Queen and learns many tough lessons along the way. 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