I have to admit, I feel somewhat apathetic about Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. I’m not sure what it is, really, since I love the synopsis, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that I read a sampler for this one and never really felt drawn in. Now, granted, this book is definitely still on my TBR and perhaps it is the fault of the sampler for starting where it did, but I dunno. I’m not in a rush to get my hands on a copy of this book any time soon. It’s more one of those I’ll get to it when I’ll get to it books.
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 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.
My understanding is that a lot of people have already read Descendant of the Crane by now, so if you have tell me, what did you think? Was it a book you loved? Hated? Felt meh about? If you haven’t read it, is it on your TBR? Is it not? What are your reasons? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading!