Descendant of the Crane || Court Intrigue & Lush Descriptions


Title: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Page Count: 464 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







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.




For me YA Fantasy has become the most oversaturated market in all of publishing. Whenever I see a new YA fantasy releasing my first question is – is it a standalone? If the answer is yes I actually visibly sigh in relief. Fanatasy series have become so drawn out for me that I’ve kind of given up on them. But as soon as I heard that Descendant of the Crane was not only a standalone but a completely different YA fantasy I knew I had to read it.

The entire time I was reading this book I could feel my brain expanding to learn more. I absolutely loved looking up all the food and clothing mentioned in this book. Visually I was entranced. The author, He, is an incredible writer. The words flowed so seamlessly it felt like I was floating with lily pads. The tropes were so subtle and there were no single elements that bothered me. The world building was great and really took the time to develop. And can I get a giant HUZZAH for no insta love tropes. I was so dang happy!

I loved seeing the characters develop and I felt like I was on a journey with them. I’m usually not a fan of court intrigue but man was this good! I loved the twists and turns and didn’t predict much of anything. What a great book! I highly recommend this title to readers who are tired of the same old YA fantasy.


**Thank you so much Chapters Indigo for sending me a copy, absolutely loved it!**

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