ARC Review: Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

Descendant of the Crane

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.

I requested Descendant of the Crane from Netgalley because the cover is amazing, the premise sounded fascinating and I was intrigued by the combination of fantasy and mystery.

It’s #ownvoices.

I loved this book. It was such a fun read and I couldn’t put it down. I read it on the airplane and I finished it really quickly.

As I mentioned in my post Thoughts On: Series vs Standalones, I have been frustrated with first novels in fantasy series. They usually just focus on the build up and there isn’t much plot. But my goodness! This title! It is one of the few fantasy book series starter that has been published in 20xx that has a full plot and is complete in itself, and when I got to the end I was very satisfied with how complete it felt.

There were so many funny bits which definitely alleviated the seriousness of the novel, and it was intriguing to see how humour interacted with the severity of certain situations.

I liked how detailed and complex the plot is, and the end is definitely not clear from the beginning.

The title was fascinating and it was interesting to see how it was woven into the storyline.

This book is great! I enjoyed it so much and I am so excited for book 2!

Trigger warnings: death, murder, violence.

5 stars

Have you read Descendant of the Crane? Is it on your TBR?

12 thoughts on “ARC Review: Descendant of the Crane – Joan He

  1. This book has been on my list for soo long! I was so intrigued by the synopsis and I feel even more encouraged to read it after reading how much you enjoyed it. It’s interesting that there’s humour too – which I wouldn’t have expected but it’s always nice to be surprised! Thanks for sharing a great review as always x


  2. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and am excited to read it! I’m glad to hear that it lives up to the hype, and that it was a complete story for a first in the series because I’ve had similar frustrations. Thank you for the review!

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