Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: July 6, 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.
OMG, I loved this one so much!
Princess Shiori is the youngest sibling with six brothers. Shiori realizes that she has some magic, but she needs to hide it from everyone. Magic isn’t allowed in her home and she’d be sent away. She’s already upset about being betrothed to a young man from the north, Takkan. Shiori makes a paper crane and brings it to life. Kiki, the crane, becomes her best friend. They’re able to communicate without speaking out loud. Shiori meets a dragon one day after almost drowning. No one believes her when she tells them though. Her stepmother makes a face that seemed odd, but even she told her that there were no dragons and that dragons are dangerous. Shiori practices magic with Seryu, the grandson of the dragon king. Seryu tells Shiori that her stepmother is a sorceress. Shiori started watching her and followed her one day. She sees things and thinks that her stepmother is actually a demon. After telling her brothers, stepmother tries to erase their memories. When that doesn’t work, she puts a curse on them. Shiori has a bowl stuck to her head and she can’t speak or make a sound out loud. If she does, a brother will die. The brothers all become cranes.
Shiori searches for her brothers and they try to find a way to break the curse. Luckily Kiki can communicate with them. Shiori is treated like a demon because of her appearance. She’s given a job as a cook where she finally meets Takkan. After awhile, she saves his life and is given safety in his kingdom. She quickly adores his younger sister. But there are others there that do not treat her well. Every day is a challenge for Shiori and she finds out more about her magic. What she finds out isn’t good and she now knows why she was told that her magic would be dangerous one day. Not everything is as it seems and there are some twists throughout the book.
I loved the relationship that started and loved the closeness between Shiori and her brothers. She was brave and strong. I loved her growth throughout the book. Shiori is definitely a new favorite character. Takkan, too.
I gave this book 5 stars.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my earc.
Warnings for captivity, fire, blood, poison, death.
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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