|| Book Review || Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim || Favourite Quotes & Top Reasons You Need to Read!

|| Book Review || Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim ||

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Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: July 6th 2021

My Rating:✨✨✨✨✨

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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.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for organising the tour and the author and publisher for providing a gifted digital copy of the book for me to read and review.

First things first: that cover. We all need to take a moment to really appreciate how beautiful the cover is. In fact I think it may well be the nicest cover I’ve seen all year.

Okay now that has been said let’s see what I thought about the story. I hadn’t read anything by Elizabeth Lim before this although I was previous intrigued by her Spin the Dawn duology and after reading this I can say with certainty that those books are now much higher on my priority pile.

Everyone who knows and follows me knows that fantasy and particularly retellings are some of my favourite kinds of books. This retelling is not one that I’ve seen done before and it is based on The Six Swans fairytale.

I absolutely loved this book… from beginning to end, everything about it was absolutely magical and I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. 

The author has a wonderful, descriptive writing style that is very easy to understand and get along with.

She transports you to Asian inspired Kaita and introduces you to our main protagonist, Princess Shiori, only daughter of the Emperor and the youngest of 7 siblings. Shiori is promised to be married to the son of a lord in a far North Kingdom and she is not at all happy about it.

Shiori is adventurous, stubborn, curious, funny and often finds herself in trouble.

Shiori also has magic.

In the kingdom of Kaita magic has long been forbidden and so she has to hide it from everyone until on the day of her betrothal ceremony she has a little mishap and finds herself drowning in the Sacred Lake and saved by Seryu, a dragon of all things. Seryu and Shiori become friends and he helps her to practice her magic in secret.

Shiori’s stepmother however grows suspicious and to cut a long story short Shiori and her brothers end up under a terrible curse. After that this book is so full of twists, turns and adventure that at times I had no idea which way things were going to go.

It’s a really magical, action packed adventure to break the curse on herself and her brothers and it’s just so brilliantly done that I don’t have a single bad word to say about it.

While at times the story feels a bit familiar/predictable that only adds to the charm of it. I can guarantee that you will never see the ending coming as absolutely everything is turned on its head and left me completely speechless!

The character development was fantastic, it was fast paced and exciting… it has magic, humour, a curious, troublesome princess and a talking, flying paper crane.

What more could you truly want?

Elizabeth is an incredible story teller and I for one cannot wait to read the next instalment and enjoy more of Shiori’s adventures. I’ll definitely be picking up her other books as well! 


Five Reasons to Read Six Crimson Cranes

— Magical fairytale/adventure vibes

— A curious, troublesome princess who is a total badass!

— Dragons and magical, flying, talking paper cranes

— A really strong family bond

— Fast paced and exciting with an ending you’ll never see coming! 


Favourite Quotes

“We were seven, and seven was a number of strength. An uneven number that could not fold unto itself, large enough to withstand many threats, yet small enough to stay devoted.”

“I would not have you be alone, […], not in your joys or your sorrows. I would wish your strand knotted to mine, always.”

“Ironic, wasn’t it, that I—a girl who always wanted to make her own choice—now for nothing more than to surrender to fate?”

About the Author


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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