Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Descendant of the Crane
Descendant of the Crane | Joan He
"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.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
MartinaLove
post image

I love this book so far. I'm almost at 150 pages read.
The problem is, I'm a little bit tired of fantasies.
I keep thinking about reading a thriller/mystery/horror. My mind keeps going there. Nevermind the fact that I'm currently reading 6 different fantasies 😂🤣📚❤

blurb
Soubhiville
post image

Thank you for the birthday book Harper! @CoffeeNBooks This sounds so good, and I think it‘s one of the prettiest covers of the year! I cant wait to read it 💜
#JB

Davor I love the cover 1mo
BiblioLitten The cover is very pretty! ♥️🖤 1mo
mcipher That‘s gorgeous! 1mo
74 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
MartinaLove
post image

1. Finale
2. The Bear In The Nightingale
3. I have so many. 🙈 The Descendant of the Crane, Wicked Saints, Sorcery of Thorns, Ninth House and The Dragon Republic.
4. Yes, I want to read 60 books. I'm not doing great. I only read 18 books so far.
5. I tag all of you!

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m accepting that tag!!😀 1mo
6 likes1 comment
review
razmanda
post image
Pickpick

Wow! This is a densely layered fantasy novel that follows a princess in the days and months after her father‘s death which looks more and more like a massive conspiracy. There are a ton of reveals, especially in the last 50 pages and the epilogue, and in retrospect, they all make click into place. I can only assume there will be a sequel or two, and I‘ll be first in line to read them.

18 likes1 stack add
blurb
thegirlwiththelibrarybag
post image

Must my lunch break end?

akckitty I've been wanting to read this one :) 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @akckitty, I‘ve had to put it aside to power through some other books for work... but I‘m keen to get back to it! 2mo
87 likes5 stack adds2 comments
blurb
mdemanatee
post image

Not watching GOT but still enjoying some fantastical courtly politics.

review
Merethebookgal
post image
Pickpick

What a nice change from a standard YA Fantasy! This book has an interesting mix of politics, religion, and world building. The pacing is a bit slow, but I really enjoyed it, and some of the twists took me by surprise, which was nice! I‘m looking forward to book two! (Also, the cover is freakin‘ gorgeous 😍)

hermyknee So gorgeous! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Very pretty cover, yes! 2mo
77 likes3 stack adds2 comments
review
BookishGirl06
post image
Bailedbailed

100 pages in and this just feels boring, not terribly great. I was looking forward to this too.

valeriegeary Too bad because this cover is great! 2mo
Cailey_Mac I felt like the story should‘ve been different based on my assumptions of the cover 2mo
DuckOfDoom Mehhh... One of the only YA books I bought recently. Now I think it will stand on the shelf a while :/ 2mo
BooknerdsLife Ah! That‘s too bad :( really love that cover art 2mo
91 likes4 comments
blurb
BookishGirl06
post image

Starting this is as well. I really like the cover art

BiblioLitten Oh me too! 💛 2mo
robinb It is a beautiful cover! ❤️ I‘ve read that one...hope you enjoy! 2mo
Smrloomis That cover is spectacular! 🧡 2mo
98 likes6 stack adds3 comments
review
allthingskayla
post image
Pickpick

Release Date-4/9/19
Rating: 5/5 Stars
This book has many elements that I love-political intrigue, fantasy/magic, and a mystery. I could not put this down and was intrigued by the world building, the characters, the royals, and by the mystery that surrounded this book. This is beautifully written and very well done. You will not be disappointed. One of my favorites of 2019!
#botm #bookstagram #bibliophile #kindle #arc #netgalley #litsy #littens

29 likes1 stack add
blurb
LibrarianRyan
post image

This title is all over Twitter. Apparently international pre orders with book depository were canceled. But the publisher is working on it.

I can not decide if I like the cover or not. I think I need to see a really copy instead of just a screen grab.

April 9

#CoverLove. #YAedition

SaturnDoo Nope don't care for this cover either. 😂 3mo
LibrarianRyan @SaturnDoo part of me can not decide. If it is as flat as the pictures then no. But if they do texture, embossing, and shine just right it could be phenomenal. Like a real screen. 3mo
DGRachel I think it‘s gorgeous and would buy it just for the cover, but I love Oriental fabrics, especially with cranes. 3mo
47 likes3 comments
blurb
Liberty
post image

On top of recommending MIRACLE CREEK for Book of the Month this month, I had the pleasure of endorsing a YA novel and OMG *flaps arms like a bird* IT‘S SO GOOD! I love royalty and political intrigue in fantasy - two great tastes that taste great together! (📸 by BOTM) 📚❤️📚

BlameJennyJane I can‘t wait for Miracle Creek to arrive. It shipped today! You‘ve got jam up taste! 👊🏼 4mo
101 likes3 stack adds1 comment
review
Emory
post image
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this story. So many twists and turns!

I posted a full review for on my blog if you want to check it out. :) https://emreadseverything.com/2019/03/22/descendant-of-the-crane-by-joan-he-revi...

94 likes3 stack adds
review
batsy
post image
Mehso-so

I wanted to enjoy this YA fantasy steeped in Chinese culture, history, & lore. Yet while I liked those aspects, the writing left a lot to be desired. It's a debut novel so I feel bad, but it reads like a writer wanting to be taken very seriously: quite a bit of ponderous, sober, dour pontificating about duty, rule, & the nature of power. The characters, alas, are interchangeable & unmemorable. Needed some wit, humour, or *something*. #netgalley

merelybookish The cover is pretty! 4mo
rubyslippersreads Too bad, because the cover is gorgeous. 4mo
batsy @merelybookish @rubyslippersreads Such a pretty cover 😍 The details and the worldbuilding are nice, but not enough to sustain a memorable story, imo. 4mo
See All 8 Comments
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4mo
Kalalalatja Good to know! I could have been fooled by the cover 4mo
rwmg That's a pity. I was considering it based on the cover in your last post 4mo
batsy @TrishB Thank you 😘 4mo
batsy @Kalalalatja @rwmg Don't want to put anyone off it; quite a number of good reviews on Goodreads :) But personally for me the book didn't live up to the cover/premise. 4mo
91 likes8 comments
review
robinb
post image
Mehso-so

Mixed feelings here. If you enjoy Chinese fantasy with lots of complicated political intrigue this might be for you. While the princess-turned-queen is billed as strong and determined, I sometimes found her weak and struggling to keep up. To be fair, she IS young. There‘s racism, treason, and quite a few twists with the ending leading to possible sequels. It also felt a bit over long to me. Some will enjoy, I‘m sadly ambivalent. 3/5⭐️ Out 4/2 ⬇️

robinb I will add that the author here is fairly young (she began writing this in 2013 which was her senior year in high school). This is also her debut novel. (edited) 4mo
50 likes1 comment
blurb
Emory
post image

Starting the day off with tea and a few pages of this book. It's picking up now and I don't want to put it down!

blurb
Emory
post image

Got approved for this on Netgalley so I'll be sneaking pages while I work today.

BooksAtNight I am so jealous! I‘ve heard nothing but good things about the book. Hope you enjoy it! 4mo
Becker The cover is so beautiful 4mo
76 likes4 stack adds2 comments
blurb
robinb
post image

This YA Fantasy is up next...and oooooh, that cover!🧡🧡🧡

#coverlove
#NetGalley
#AlbertWhitmanandCo

Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 4mo
LeahBergen Pretty! 4mo
robinb @Kalalalatja @LeahBergen I know, right??! 😊👍 (edited) 4mo
See All 6 Comments
Cathythoughts Brilliant cover 4mo
robinb @Cathythoughts 👍😊 4mo
wordzie 😍 4mo
57 likes6 comments
review
SassenachTheBookWizard
post image
Pickpick

Oh hell yes to this whole book! I had absolutely no damn clue who was good or evil for 99% of this book and the mystery murder freaking GOT ME! The characters are so well developed and there's so much "who done it" on the entire cast of like 12 characters! I did NOT see the lineage reveal! The internal politics were so well developed but not info dumping. I freaking NEED the sequel! So bad! I was like panting for the last 1/2 of the book!

KerriNTurner Gorgeous cover too! 4mo
TotoroReads I love this cover! Haven‘t opened the app in ages but this being one of the first things I see make me regret my absence 4mo
126 likes22 stack adds2 comments
blurb
SassenachTheBookWizard
post image

I was gonna start reading a different printed off unbound arc but I accidentally dropped it and then found out the pages weren't numbered so...I'll deal with that later and start this baby instead. I'm so hopefully about this one!

OnlyYoo Aesthetic af 5mo
Shley9225 That sucks! 5mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Oh this looks beautiful! 😍 5mo
88 likes3 stack adds3 comments
blurb
IndyHannaJones

There are so many books coming out based on Asian folklore/culture and I am here for it.

blurb
kate_reads
post image

Why is it so cold 🥶

Jennick2004 Because your jeans are ripped? 🤣😉 jk jk 💜 8mo
kate_reads @Jennick2004 Touché ? 8mo
26 likes2 comments