|| Book Review || Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim ||
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: July 6th 2021
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!
“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?”
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