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Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane

Написано Joan He

Озвучено Nancy Wu


Descendant of the Crane

Написано Joan He

Озвучено Nancy Wu

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4/5 (68 оценки)
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12 hours
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Издано:
Sep 17, 2019
ISBN:
9781974976539
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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 enlists 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 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?

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Sep 17, 2019
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Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. She studied psychology and Chinese History at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city waterfront. Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut. An active figure in the ‘Own Voices’ movement, she has 7k followers on Twitter.


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  • (4/5)
    I adored listening to this book but the ending is driving me crazy! Tragically there will be no foreseeable sequel to this story so if you don’t like unwrapped up endings, this book is not for you. That being said, I loved the thoughtfulness that was put into this story, there were clever plot twists and and I loved the Asian influence throughout.
  • (3/5)
    While I enjoyed "Descendant of the Crane" I found the pacing slow in a number of places due to all the court politics. However, the fact that the novel was seeped in Chinese culture and traditions made it an interesting read. There were lots of twists along the way and the murder mystery was handled well and kept me guessing.I also liked that the characters were neither good nor bad. They were all multi=layers with flaws and had motives for the way they behaved. By the end I didn't actually know who to trust and who not to. I liked the main protagonist, Hesima. She was complex and showed a range of emotions, and I was hoping she would get justice for her father's murder. She didn't always make the right decisions but she did try to do what was right. Akira was also an interesting character and from the start it was obvious he was going to be important to Hesima. However, their romance felt forced.After a slow start, "Descendant of the Crane" became quite a good novel but I don't think I'll continue the series despite this book's exciting finish .
  • (3/5)
    This book is exactly why I try not to read the synopsis of books. I went into this expecting it to be one thing, and ended up disappointed when it turned out to be something entirely different. I am glad I listened to the audiobook though because I would have butchered all the names in this book horribly. This book is left open to a potential sequel but I wonder if it will get it or if it will end slightly unfinished. I guess only time will tell.
  • (5/5)

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    This book exceeded any and all expectations I had before, during and after reading it!! I am absolutely floored by how quickly and completely it drew me in and ensnared me. If you're looking for a wild emotional rollercoaster ride with courtly intrigue and a gut punching plot? read on...There were a slew of things going on simultaneously and almost nothing was as it seemed on the surface. It wasn't until the epilogue that I got the full breadth and scope of the book. There was a regicide trial. There was a war brewing. There was a budding/highly unlikely romance slowly percolating. There were magical people being persecuted and there were rampant duplicitous actions abound. Our MC, Hesina, ascends the throne early on but who can she trust? Can she trust anyone? Can she even trust her fallible memories? She is young, malleable, impetuous, head strong, stubborn and a bit naive SO is she ready to rule? Is she ready to rule a country on the brink of war? With nefarious people and deeds amiss, can she navigate court and ferret out her father's murderer? I was swiftly swept up in the beauty of the writing, the plot, the world building and most of all the complex loveable/loatheable characters. There were twists and turns... even the turns had turns. I got to a point where I found myself saying (to myself) "I've read enough books in my life to see where this is going" I sat with a sneer on my face and then BAM!!! our MC was sitting in the dirt and the game totally changed. Not only didn't I see major plot twists ahead of time, I apparently had no idea what game was being played altogether. As you can imagine this left me wanting.. nay, needing more. I couldn't stop reading. I made excuses to hide away and read just a bit more. I waited in my daughter's car rider line, at school, an hour early just so I could continue reading. I read while the rest of the family watched t.v. together. I skipped meals and read through the dead of the night. I was addicted... in the best possible sense. I was a puppet on Joan He's strings and reacted just as she commanded. I loved then loathed then loved then felt conflicted right on cue... AND that ending... it slayed me!! I might have cried. Okay, I did cry but I dare you not to shed some (completely understandable) tears. I was swept up in all of the emotions. I am still reeling days after finishing the book. I let it sit and ruminate in my mind to see if the endorphin high would wear off but I am still just as touched and obsessed as when I read the very last word. I desperately wish I could start over again, naive to what lay ahead...experience this book anew. BUT alas...it will have to live on in my memories and of course in my favorites list. Over all: I LOVED this book!! It deftly elicited all the Feels. It ran me through the gamut of emotions and surprised me at almost every turn. I did guess one twist but that seems paltry compared to how many there were that I failed to foresee. This is going straight to my favorites list and I will wait until the end of time for book #2!! If you're still reading this... what are you waiting for?? Go and pick this one up toot sweet!~ Enjoy *** I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***

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