Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane

Joan He / Jun 24, 2019

Descendant of the Crane 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 thrus

  • Title: Descendant of the Crane
  • Author: Joan He
  • ISBN: Descendant of the Crane
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  • Page: 343
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  • 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 a 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 416 pages Expected publication April 2nd 2019 by Albert Whitman Company More Details Original Title Descendant of the Crane ISBN 0807515515 ISBN13 9780807515518 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Author Release date Apr 02, 2019 Win an ARC of DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE, a Chinese inspired fantasy by Joan He Tyrants cut out hearts.Rulers sacrifice their own.Princess Hesina of Yan Win an ARC of DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE, a Chinese inspired fantasy by 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, dreaming of an unremarkable life But when her beloved father is found dead, she s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom What s , Hesina believes that her father was murdered and that the killer is someone close to her.Hesina s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi a, whose ruler has been mustering for war Determined to find her father s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate she enlists the aid of a soothsayer a treasonous act, punishable bydeath, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira a brilliant investigator who s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father Or will the cost be too high Deep world building, magical family secrets, and intricate palace politics Descendant of the Crane soars from page one Its twists and treacheries kept me guessing until the very end Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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a unique plot, and brewing up twists and turns in my own, but what I love most is designing each beat of the story to maximize character PAIN and occasionally happiness less flag See all 13 questions about Descendant of the Crane Lists with This Book Books Sia is dying to get her hands on 100 books 146 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 06, 2017 Joan He added it Review from the author review of another edition 1.21.19 As we re getting ever closer to release, I wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who ve taken the time to read review strike up discussion about DESCENDANT A lot of the buzz you see has been generated by you, and for that I m very grateful You can still request the book for review on Netgalley and Edelweiss I believe, and if you re rejected you can reach out for an eARC through my website s contact form In the meantime, I wanted to give back a bit and answer some questions 1.21.19 As we re getting ever closer to release, I wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who ve taken the time to read review strike up discussion about DESCENDANT A lot of the buzz you see has been generated by you, and for that I m very grateful You can still request the book for review on Netgalley and Edelweiss I believe, and if you re rejected you can reach out for an eARC through my website s contact form In the meantime, I wanted to give back a bit and answer some questions here for easy accessibility I ll update these links if questions arise.FAQs Is this book standalone Are the names Chinese How is mandarin terminology used in the text Hopefully this is helpful Please remember that some of these answers encompass my views only Authors of colors are not a monolith, and like normal people we have a diversity of opinions What matters is that the conversation which is still sorely lacking is on going.I also wanted to take a moment to say that it s hard to convey everything a book is through a synopsis alone and I want to apologize if the previous one for DESCENDANT is misleading I understand how much it sucks if a story doesn t match expectations, and so in the interests of full disclosure DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE might be the book for you if you like political intrigue, twists, complex family dynamics, a roller coaster type plot with a slow build to the summit, and questions of morality in your fantasy It may not be the book for you if you prefer action, romance, and break neck pacing from the get go to your stories I love a story of that type as much as anyone else, but DESCENDANT simply isn t that and neither do I want to pretend it is.11.29.18 eARCs are available to request on NetGalley and Edelweiss Pleaseeee forgive any typos awkward phrasing wonky sentences in the ARC Love you all 38.29.18 We have a cover It s so very Chinese, and I m really humbled that so many of you love it.I also wanted to clarify something about the accuracy of the story China has an incredibly epic history It s also an epically misogynistic one The only time women s rights was really a side agenda was during the Cultural Revolution The book addresses this It s a fantasy, of course, so it s not going to be 100% historically accurate, but I wanted to acknowledge the true, non romanticized history, because so few books do.That, however, is beside the point My main point is that I wrote this book as a Chinese American Growing up over here meant that I was surrounded by narratives about strong women, women who got stories that were MORE than just fighting to survive in a world of men I wanted to contribute to those narratives That s why we have a Chinese esque princess who becomes queen Maybe it s not the norm to Chinese history, but it is the norm that I see and hope to see of in the place I call home tldr Stories about concubines, wives, and daughters fighting tooth and nail to be considered worthy in a sexist society are valid They are the status quo But they are not the ones I set out to write This book almost killed me and now I can finally share the pain and let it kill you.But seriously, I ve been working on this book since 2013 and I can t wait to share it with you 3 It s everything I love in Chinese dramas sprawling families, complex relationships, double meanings, betrayal for your own good, gray morality minus all the meh bits girl on girl hate, harems competing against each other To stay up to date on book news, you can sign up for my newsletter here flag 238 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 28, 2018 marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves 2019 releases, own voices, young adult, fantasy, arc I m very excited for the future and by future I mean this Chinese inspired game of thrones book flag 224 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 13, 2019 Vibur rated it it was amazing review of another edition I ve always thought of writing as like gardening The words take root, sometimes growing Sometimes sprouting others and sentences and paragraphs blossoming together And sometimes not Sometimes refusing to break through, through the grit of grammar and barrenness of diction, through the concrete blankness of my mind as is the case now How do I put to words everything that was Descendant of the Crane I feel as if anything I write would be a disservice to this novel To all that it encomp I ve always thought of writing as like gardening The words take root, sometimes growing Sometimes sprouting others and sentences and paragraphs blossoming together And sometimes not Sometimes refusing to break through, through the grit of grammar and barrenness of diction, through the concrete blankness of my mind as is the case now How do I put to words everything that was Descendant of the Crane I feel as if anything I write would be a disservice to this novel To all that it encompassed and to all that it brought out The thing is, I like to nurture what I ve written over time tending to the words like a gardener tending to the garden Always trimming Always refining Unforgivingly brutal Tragically beautiful.And yet, those words are not enough for Descendant of the Crane I admit that after reading, I didn t know what to write Because the truth is, Descendant of the Crane was not a novel to be contained in words.In which case, I feel inclined to refrain from what I ve always done No trimming No refining Let the words nurture themselves Wild Untamed Phrases snarling, sentences tangling In Chinese legends, cranes are said to bear the spirits of the departed to heaven And that was what Descendant of the Crane was for me the wings to my soul I was carried aloft on its feathers, flown to transcendent heights And how to describe the writing Perhaps it was a painting and each word a brushstroke, a vibrant dab of colour across the paper or perhaps it was a tapestry, the words woven into a mosaic of mesmerising patterns I d like to continue waxing poetic, but what point would there be in that Imagine the acrid aromas of incense coiling through the air The autumn wind as it whispers sweet secrets to the ginkgo leaves The scarlet haze of paper lanterns smeared around the edges of silhouettes Descendant of the Crane was a story about human people in an inhuman world it was a story about a kingdom which carried the wounds of centuries past, its hurts unhealed and cutting deep, its bitterness and hate festering together like rot.It was a story about a queen who sought to stitch her kingdom back together, to sew its wounds shut and soothe its hurts a queen who, in the end, rose from the mire of her insecurities and doubts, of her despair and pain, to bloom like a lotus flower from the mud strong, resilient and beautiful.It was a story that left me with no words And you know what To the Ten Courts of Hell with waxing poetic I loved it Beyond words 5.0 5 note this review reflects my honest thoughts I d like to thank Albert Whitman Company and Joan He for the ARC I rarely give out five stars, which goes to show how much I loved this novel flag 141 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Umairah Sereadipity What a beautiful review I m so excited to read this Jan 27, 2019 11 45AM Vibur Umairah Sereadipity wrote What a beautiful review I m so excited to read this Thank you so much, Umairah I really hope you enjoy reading it Jan 28, 2019 02 27AM Oct 03, 2018 Melanie marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves young adult, own voices, fantasy, arc I am so honored to be a part of Hesina s Imperial Court, to help boost this beautiful story Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch flag 91 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 28, 2017 Elise TheBookishActress marked it as releases 2019 review of another edition oh my god the cover Chinese inspired Game of Thrones oh my god the cover Chinese inspired Game of Thrones flag 60 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 06, 2019 may is currently reading it review of another edition I don t believe you if you say this isn t the most gorgeous, gloriously Asian cover you ve seen flag 58 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 16, 2019 Nenia Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention Campbell rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ya ya land, fantasy, netgalley, poc interracial, pretty cover sparklies Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestReading this after THE GIRL KING turned out to be a really weird experience because they are both very similar stories Dare I say that Asian inspired fantasy novels in kingdoms where magic is forbidden seems to be the new trend But, like, seriously, both are about royal siblings who must struggle to learn to manage their kingdoms in times of severe political upheaval These kingdoms are also utterly opposed to magic in THE GIRL KING, Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestReading this after THE GIRL KING turned out to be a really weird experience because they are both very similar stories Dare I say that Asian inspired fantasy novels in kingdoms where magic is forbidden seems to be the new trend But, like, seriously, both are about royal siblings who must struggle to learn to manage their kingdoms in times of severe political upheaval These kingdoms are also utterly opposed to magic in THE GIRL KING, magic comes in the form of shape shifters called the Kith, and in DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE, it comes in the form of mages called sooths Both kingdoms are on the brink of civil war foreign war, and about to implode from all the factions of unrest stirring up drama within the community.Hesina is forced to take up the royal mantle when her father dies under mysterious circumstances Her mother, who dislikes her for unknown reasons, abdicates very reluctantly, leaving Hesina to manage the kingdom and lead the trial to find her father s murderer, all without her help.Luckily, Hesina has several siblings to help her out Caiyan and Lillian are twins, and her half siblings Sanjing is her full brother and Rou is the son of her father s favored mistress Despite knowing that it is high treason, she seeks out a sooth to help set her on her path, who tells her the path she should take to find her father s murderer It points her towards a criminal imprisoned in the dungeons, a foreign man named Akira, who is brilliant, powerful, and mysterious.I liked DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE a lot than I liked THE GIRL KING, for several reasons The world building was cohesive and there were many direct parallels to actual elements of Chinese culture the writing characters, the religion, historical allegories I was thinking of the Cultural Revolution specifically, as the rebellion of the eleven and the persecution of the sooths reminded me of that , culture, and clothing It did not feel quite as nebulous as THE GIRL KING did The actual magic was a little vague I d like to learn about sooths in the next book Still, we did see some examples of sooth saying and what I did see was compelling blue fire, though.This book s biggest weakness was its pacing There were some elements that moved quickly, that I couldn t page through fast enough This has one of the best trial scenes I ve seen in a book, like Joan He was the John Grisham of YA fantasy authors Then there are other parts that move very slowly and or feel almost repetitive It was frustrating for me because I initially thought that this was going to be a four star read, but then it got too tedious and my enjoyment of it lessened over time.The book s biggest strength are its twists Several of the grand reveals in this book were excellently done I found myself looking forward to seeing how the other mysteries in this book would be resolved and finding myself pleasantly surprised each time.Hesina is a flawed but compelling character and it is interesting to see how the choices she makes in the book end up changing her She is a very different person by the end of the story than she was in the beginning I am curious about the names, and why some are Chinese but Hesina s is, I believe, an alternate spelling of a Muslim name, and Lillian is a very Western name I m also confused by the ending, which was very strange to me The author had already proven she was very good at twists, but that one, for some reason, felt especially extra Maybe it will make sense in the sequel.Hopefully this review helps you decide whether you want to read this book without giving too much away I am totally in love with the cover and was surprised by how much I enjoyed DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE Hoping the author continues the story on even stronger footing in the sequel Thanks to Netgalley the publisher for the review copy 3 to 3.5 stars flag 47 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Dec 05, 2018 Lily added it Shelves young adult, fantasy, poc author, asian rep, arc and arr, yarc 2019, buddy reads My smol Asian heart is doing a happy dance, because I m a Baroness at Hesina s Imperial Court Have you ever seen a book with a cover that so effortlessly transcends all human concepts of beauty, and, over, has a synopsis to match its outer beauty s magnificence with equal brilliance buddy read with Tiffany Blog Bloglovin Instagram Tumblr Twitter flag 48 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 10, 2019 Dannii Elle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fantastic fabrications Initial Thoughts Just been approved for an e arc of one of my most anticipated 2019 releases This cover combined with the Chinese inspired A Game of Thrones comparison has me anticipating great things from this one.Review Tyrants cut out hearts Rulers sacrifice their own. From this very first line of the synopsis I knew this was going to be the book for me A well conceived costume is a new identity. From this very first line of the actual book I knew I was going to be immersed in all the po Initial Thoughts Just been approved for an e arc of one of my most anticipated 2019 releases This cover combined with the Chinese inspired A Game of Thrones comparison has me anticipating great things from this one.Review Tyrants cut out hearts Rulers sacrifice their own. From this very first line of the synopsis I knew this was going to be the book for me A well conceived costume is a new identity. From this very first line of the actual book I knew I was going to be immersed in all the political scheming, court intrigue, and high stakes action that I had been so highly anticipating And I was not wrong.Fantasy books following the inner workings of the royal court and with society s ruling members as their central characters are my favourite to read about What this book did, inside this much used outline, is deliver the reader something entirely new The book begun with treason, was followed by murder, and the stakes were only ever raised from there My trust was tested with each twist added to this deliciously dark tale and even as I bonded with the unforgettable cast of characters I knew I could never trust them, or the author, with what was going to be delivered next.Joan He made not one fault in this meticulously constructed story line, this vivid world, and these entirely unique and authentic characters I was enchanted by her words and immersed inside her world This book lived up to every one of the crazy high expectations I placed upon it I was in absolute adoration of the writing, throughout, and in utter denial over how shook the ending had me, as I turned the final page.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author, Joan He, and the publisher, AW Teen, for this opportunity flag 45 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 21, 2018 Hamad marked it as to read review of another edition GUESS WHO WAS JUST APPROVED flag 41 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Emily May marked it as arc 2019 review of another edition Shelves arc, fantasy, young adult ARC provided in exchange for honest review. flag 36 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 28, 2018 jamieson marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves anticipated 2019 this cover is prettier than me but im ok with italso this is game of thrones but with chinese influence and probably will be coming out reliably than actual got so like whats not to love flag 33 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 28, 2018 Aimee Aimee, Always marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves 2019 e ARC received in exchange for an honest review cries in Chinese this is chinese inspired yay for representation of my culture LOOK AT THAT COVER YOU GUYSSSS BLOG TWITTER BOOKSTAGRAM PINTEREST flag 30 likesLike see review View all 6 comments JW I can t wait for this book It s on my list of most anticipated reads for 2019 Jan 30, 2019 07 18PM Aimee Aimee, Always JW wrote I can t wait for this book It s on my list of most anticipated reads for 2019 I hope we both love it 2 hours, 26 min ago Nov 15, 2018 Vicky Who Reads rated it it was amazing review of another edition SCREAMS INTO EVERY VOID IN THE WORLD THIS WAS SO AMAZINGI have so many feelings whyyyy emotions suck flag 24 likesLike see review Mar 10, 2018 Azraa F rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites A queen should decry things in style. Carve your own fate Understand, Little Bird flag 23 likesLike see review Oct 17, 2017 Christine rated it it was amazing review of another edition THIS BOOK This book One of the few GAME OF THRONES comps I ve seen that truly lives up to the bloody, devious, sprawling feel of the original and in a Chinese imperial dynasty setting to boot DON T SLEEP ON THIS ONE flag 22 likesLike see review Mar 09, 2018 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing review of another edition A gripping tale full of intrigue, unpredictable twists, and betrayal this is the Chinese fantasy readers have been waiting for.Hesina is what many of us girls once were obligated to age before our time, to take on roles we should not have had to bear It s a reality many girls of color are forced to endure, and it was as refreshing as it was bittersweet to read Hesina, royal by birth, does not take all of her newfound responsibilities without struggle and without a hefty dose of mistakes, and A gripping tale full of intrigue, unpredictable twists, and betrayal this is the Chinese fantasy readers have been waiting for.Hesina is what many of us girls once were obligated to age before our time, to take on roles we should not have had to bear It s a reality many girls of color are forced to endure, and it was as refreshing as it was bittersweet to read Hesina, royal by birth, does not take all of her newfound responsibilities without struggle and without a hefty dose of mistakes, and I loved her all the for it.There are many novels that boast daring comparisons, but DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE truly lives up to its claim of being a Chinese Game of Thrones, complete with court intrigue, complex relationships, and teetering grasps of power Moreover, Joan He s debut is a beautiful story Lush, symbolic, and profound, resulting in a clever tale of breathless twists, sharp turns, and a stunning conclusion that will leave you scrambling for DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE is a novel to watch.Grab your copy flag 25 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Justine is currently reading it review of another edition Shelves arc, diverse and marginalized authors, fantasy, young adult, read in 2019, ownvoices, rc drc, i want it all and i want it now, has poc characters, wonders will never cease I was made Marquis of Personnel Ministry for her majesty, Hesina s Imperial Court Street Team Ahhhh, I am both honoured and blessed to be part of itT ONLY IS THE COVER GORGEOUS Check these character art from the author herself, Joan He HesinaSanjingAkiraupdateI am not in the slightest bit okay Blog Instagram Twitter Ko Fi flag 14 likesLike see review Star Shyne Brite Stargirl ohhh that s so exciting Just added it to my TBR Jan 31, 2019 05 53PM Oct 17, 2017 Laura Pohl rated it it was amazing review of another edition I read an early draft of this way back in 2015 Joan and I had just met in a CP forum, and she was one of the first people to exchange manuscripts with me I was so stunned by her writing, her descriptions are lush and her characters are amazing This whole book is heart wrenching, and I only know what it ll be even excellent as a finished copy I m so proud of Joan and her journey, and you should all add this to your TBR flag 14 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 07, 2018 Anja marked it as to read review of another edition Chinese inspired Game of Thrones SAY NO MORE adds to list flag 13 likesLike see review Oct 17, 2017 Mic rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves amazing writing, complex lady books, cp love, excellency in setting, fantasy magic times, i will go down with this ship, my precious babies, plot twist i did not see coming, side characters ftw, stories about stories THIS IS STILL THE BEST BOOK EVER, THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT I AM BIASED BECAUSE JOAN IS MY CP AND I THINK THE SUN SHINES FOR HER AND SHE HOLDS THE MOON IN HER HAND but Descendant of the Crane is so good So twisty, so smart, so intricate Like, Joan is a star And you will be in awe of her talent and skill and ability to take over the world I swear, she could run an empire And the CHARACTERS You will LOVE and HATE and SWOOOOOON I am going to throw this at everyone This book deserves to b THIS IS STILL THE BEST BOOK EVER, THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT I AM BIASED BECAUSE JOAN IS MY CP AND I THINK THE SUN SHINES FOR HER AND SHE HOLDS THE MOON IN HER HAND but Descendant of the Crane is so good So twisty, so smart, so intricate Like, Joan is a star And you will be in awe of her talent and skill and ability to take over the world I swear, she could run an empire And the CHARACTERS You will LOVE and HATE and SWOOOOOON I am going to throw this at everyone This book deserves to be in the world, and I m so happy it will be flag 13 likesLike see review Apr 20, 2018 Alice rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves own voices, princess, cover love, reviewed 3.5 starsMan, Caiyan is my fave after all General thoughts the reveals in the last 1 3 were good, but it took forever and too many flashbacks to get there In short, the pacing was a little shaky in some parts of the book, but the twists, reveals and themes behind the book were amazing Not all the characters are deep, but they don t have to be The characters that make it worth reading to the end if you re unsure to continue part way through are Hesina s father and Caiyan The worldbuilding i 3.5 starsMan, Caiyan is my fave after all General thoughts the reveals in the last 1 3 were good, but it took forever and too many flashbacks to get there In short, the pacing was a little shaky in some parts of the book, but the twists, reveals and themes behind the book were amazing Not all the characters are deep, but they don t have to be The characters that make it worth reading to the end if you re unsure to continue part way through are Hesina s father and Caiyan The worldbuilding is hit or miss depending on where you are in the book.The layers of the characters peel back as the story progresses because the plot revolves around a mystery, but I found the cast to lack depth and or characterization for the majority of the book Hesina seemed naive at first, but she does grow on you as she learns about the mystery of her father s death However, Hesina also seemed to lack a distinct personality and much of what we know about her is related to her family understandable and presented in the form of flashbacks Li Lian is an example of having the opposite problem she has distinct characterization, but it would have been nice to see of her by herself This also applies to Caiyan to a lesser extent in the beginning, but that is remedied later on The plot was slow to get into for 2 3 of the story I wasn t partial to the court procedures The inclusion of Akira s character didn t seem particularly relevant outside of the court besides being the designated love interest, though he has potential for growth if there are installments in the series I love that this is a Chinese inspired fantasy, I can t get enough of it The food descriptions are great, and overall I find that if you re into period C dramas, it s no problem in envisioning what this world is like plus the add on fantasy elements In the same vein, if you are familiar with C dramas the worldbuilding outside of the established setting of Yan may be lacking On the surface level, the choice of which Chinese terms to keep as is and which ones to translate into English was odd, and some italicized terms were repeated too often even when the audience was already introduced to the meaning For example dianxia, hanfu, and wansui are perfectly fine to keep as is, but other terms like yuejing menstruation seems oddly placed when the English term would have been acceptable to use This may just be nitpicking on my part, but I would say it s to evoke a sense of aesthetic in the reader s mind that this is ye olde Chinese if they are unfamiliar with period C drama historical aesthetics I honestly prefer retaining certain terms untranslated in Chinese, but the logic for each individual choice in DOTC is unclear, especially when there are examples like pai fang archways memorial archway archways The writing doesn t make learning about the outside kingdoms and international releations interesting because it s mixed in with the court trials, which is by far the most boring sections of the book for me There are a few chapters where Hesina meets with the crown prince of another country, and the incorporation of the soothsayers in these scenes is intriguing and well done The strongest aspect of DOTC is the thematic leanings within the text in relation to the revolutionary changes in the kingdom of Yan brought by the Eleven It plays into the perceptions and fear the public can hold when they are not privvy to the truth or are unable to handle it, leading to persecution based of beliefs and alignments to sooths though this can be applied to other groups for IRL parallel This is all very compelling It s woven strongly in some parts of the book than others, but always manages to resurface at the right times, which is when I enjoyed DOTC the most I only wish Hesina as a main character had a better grasp of handling this sort of large scale understanding of her people, but I suspect she will grow into it if this continues as a series I d think focus on international relations and the soothsayers basically anything outside the imperial palace where Hesina and co reside would have done this book wonders in keeping my engaged However, we don t see enough of the world ouside of Hesina s home to actually see of the sooths, their magic, and the history and mysteries regarding the Eleven who ushered in a new era in the kingdom We get some of this content, but I don t feel it s nearly enough to build up to the great ending we got, since instead we are shown a plethora of scenes where Hesina is getting lost in flashbacks, doing paperwork and repeating the words truth and lie like buzzwords I know Descendant of the Crane in the end is about Hesina and her family, and the ending revelations about them all is worth reading the next book if there are and keeping an eye on Joan He s work as she grows as a writer Note I was provided with an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Pre review EDIT Dec 4th I can t believe I just got accepted for an e ARC of this D hallelujah dreams do come true.I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE Another book that I ve always wanted to read write EDIT Aug 31 2018 I pre ordred tf out of this I M READY, JOAN I will never not be ready for a Chinese esque princess becoming queen I m very glad the author had the idea in mind to address the swathes of misogyny in Chinese history, so I m very, very ready to read this book with that mutual understanding as someone who is also diaspora Chinese Princesses are my brand Epic fantasy is my brand Non status quo is my brand flag 12 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 29, 2018 Sh3lly grumpybookgrrrl marked it as to read review of another edition Shelves 2019 release, edelweiss, intend to read 2019 Rejected at Netgalley and accepted at Edelweiss lol Funny how that works sometimes Regardless, so excited D flag 12 likesLike see review Sep 20, 2018 Shealea rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves asian representation, diverse books, biases and personal favorites, authors of color Descendant of the Crane made me abandon all my academic requirements, lose an entire night s worth of sleep I finished at around 7 30 in the morning , and had me crying at least thrice It certainly delivers on being a Chinese inspired Game of Thrones, although some scenes made me think that perhaps GoT pales in comparison to this impeccably written debut I think I just read the best novel to be released in 2019, and 2018 isn t even over yet.Full review to come The universe smiled upon me an Descendant of the Crane made me abandon all my academic requirements, lose an entire night s worth of sleep I finished at around 7 30 in the morning , and had me crying at least thrice It certainly delivers on being a Chinese inspired Game of Thrones, although some scenes made me think that perhaps GoT pales in comparison to this impeccably written debut I think I just read the best novel to be released in 2019, and 2018 isn t even over yet.Full review to come The universe smiled upon me and decided to give me the opportunity to read the manuscript of Descendant of the Crane Joan, thank you for your generosity flag 14 likesLike see review Aug 28, 2018 Stephanie L catteabooks marked it as on the radar Shelves 2019 publications, young adult, protagonist asian, mythology asian As a fellow Asian, this cover brings legit tears to my face flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 26, 2018 Benjamin marked it as to read review of another edition I will buy anything that says Chinese inspired Can someone tattoo that gorgeous cover on me I swear I don t want to read anything that isn t this book flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Umairah Sereadipity marked it as to read review of another edition I was just approved for this book So excited to read it flag 10 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Vibur Omigosh, so happy for you I really hope you enjoy it hehe Just a heads up, the first half of the novel is pretty slow, but I thought the second hal Omigosh, so happy for you I really hope you enjoy it hehe Just a heads up, the first half of the novel is pretty slow, but I thought the second half was amazing and well worth it Jan 31, 2019 11 36PM Umairah Sereadipity Vibur Thanks for the heads up, in all honesty, your review was enough to convince that I m going to love this novel Feb 01, 2019 12 27AM Jan 18, 2019 Alex rated it really liked it This cover is stunning I knew the second I saw it and read the synopsis I was going to need this book in my hands Thank you NetGalley and Albert Whitman Company for allowing me to read the advance readers copy So to start this book would have been even better if the ARC on net galley had been proofed a little I m not going to lie, it made it very difficult to read, and the beginning of that chapters almost impossible I have it on goo authority that it s already been fixed and tha This cover is stunning I knew the second I saw it and read the synopsis I was going to need this book in my hands Thank you NetGalley and Albert Whitman Company for allowing me to read the advance readers copy So to start this book would have been even better if the ARC on net galley had been proofed a little I m not going to lie, it made it very difficult to read, and the beginning of that chapters almost impossible I have it on goo authority that it s already been fixed and that the new copies that were sent out to readers via mail and physical copies are not this way Which is good because to deter from from the story would be a waste, it was written too well and the plot and characters are great Descendant of the Crane by Joan He was beautifully written, the world building was almost perfect and the characters were very intriguing This is all due to Joan He stunning ability to craft scenes and paint vivid pictures with her writing Basic overview of the story is a princess queen will do anything to keep her kingdom safe She is strong and fierce but has her own flaws The trials and tribulations she faces through out the book will keep you interested until the end of the book Descendant of the Crane has very light romance, almost non existent and lots of political and regal intrigue and twists Grated there are a few slow pockets through out the book, and the ending is something that will leave you wondering Which I don t like for a stand alone, but this is just my personal opinion Overall a good read and I recommend I can t wait to see what everyone else thinks flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Alex rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves expecter2019, fantasy, magic, read2review, netgalley This cover is stunning I knew the second I saw it and read the synopsis I was going to need this book in my hands Thank you NetGalley and Albert Whitman Company for allowing me to read the advance readers copy So to start this book would have been even better if the ARC on net galley had been proofed a little I m not going to lie, it made it very difficult to read, and the beginning of that chapters almost impossible I have it on goo authority that it s already been fixed and tha This cover is stunning I knew the second I saw it and read the synopsis I was going to need this book in my hands Thank you NetGalley and Albert Whitman Company for allowing me to read the advance readers copy So to start this book would have been even better if the ARC on net galley had been proofed a little I m not going to lie, it made it very difficult to read, and the beginning of that chapters almost impossible I have it on goo authority that it s already been fixed and that the new copies that were sent out to readers via mail and physical copies are not this way Which is good because to deter from from the story would be a waste, it was written too well and the plot and characters are great Descendant of the Crane by Joan He was beautifully written, the world building was almost perfect and the characters were very intriguing This is all due to Joan He stunning ability to craft scenes and paint vivid pictures with her writing Basic overview of the story is a princess queen will do anything to keep her kingdom safe She is strong and fierce but has her own flaws The trials and tribulations she faces through out the book will keep you interested until the end of the book Descendant of the Crane has very light romance, almost non existent and lots of political and regal intrigue and twists Grated there are a few slow pockets through out the book, and the ending is something that will leave you wondering Which I don t like for a stand alone, but this is just my personal opinion Overall a good read and I recommend I can t wait to see what everyone else thinks This book was given to me by Netgalley for an Honest review flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Mel Anie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, 2019 Stunning This was so good Kept me thinking, guessing and failing badly what will happen next.Full review to come flag 9 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Joan was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the citywaterfront Descendant of the Crane is her young adult d Joan was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the citywaterfront Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut.For updates, please sign up for her newsletter For business related inquiries, please contact her literary agent, John Cusick of Folio Lit


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    1. 1.21.19 As we re getting ever closer to release, I wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who ve taken the time to read review strike up discussion about DESCENDANT A lot of the buzz you see has been generated by you, and for that I m very grateful You can still request the book for review on Netgalley and Edelweiss I believe, and if you re rejected you can reach out for an eARC through my website s contact form In the meantime, I wanted to give back a bit and answer some questions 1.21.1 [...]



    2. I ve always thought of writing as like gardening The words take root, sometimes growing Sometimes sprouting others and sentences and paragraphs blossoming together And sometimes not Sometimes refusing to break through, through the grit of grammar and barrenness of diction, through the concrete blankness of my mind as is the case now How do I put to words everything that was Descendant of the Crane I feel as if anything I write would be a disservice to this novel To all that it encomp I v [...]


    3. I am so honored to be a part of Hesina s Imperial Court, to help boost this beautiful story Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch


    4. oh my god the cover Chinese inspired Game of Thrones oh my god the cover Chinese inspired Game of Thrones



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      Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestReading this after THE GIRL KING turned out to be a really weird experience because they are both very similar stories Dare I say that Asian inspired fantasy novels in kingdoms where magic is forbidden seems to be the new trend But, like, seriously, both are about royal siblings who must struggle to learn to manage their kingdoms in times of severe political upheaval These kingdoms are also utterly opposed to magic in THE GIRL KING, Instagram Twitter Facebook [...]


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