ARC Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Goodreads: 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 to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the arc in exchange for an honest review.*

If you’re looking for a new amazing, Asian fantasy to read, then look no further! Six Crimson Cranes is all that and more!

This is a unique and magical tale about dragons, sorcerers, and the six princes that were transformed into cranes. Princess Shiori, the youngest is the protagonist, and one day, instead of meeting her betrothed, she throws herself into the Sacred Lake where she meets a dragon, setting in the motion this whole story…

Shiori starts out as a mischievous and somewhat childish character who wants to run away from all her responsibilities only to be thrown into the harsh, outside world penniless and voiceless. She’s such a determined, resilient character that thrived in the midst of all that adversity! And I really liked her, right from the start when she was a cheerful and petulant princess, and as she made her way through all the obstacles until that very exciting ending!

This book is simultaneously filled with fast-paced action and poignant emotional scenes that touch on the importance of looking past appearances, searching within, and giving people a second chance! Plus, the sibling relationships are fantastic.

Overall, Six Crimson Cranes was just as exciting, magical, and pure fun as I was expecting. I was so quickly pulled into this story and I enjoyed it so much just couldn’t stop reading it!

On a side note, Six Crimson Cranes is set in the world of the Blood of the Stars duology, also by this author, and you don’t need to read one to read the other. If you were intrigued by Six Crimson Cranes, I recommend you check out Spin the Dawn, because it’s just as magical, inspiring and beautifully written!

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