Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane

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When her father is murdered, Princess Hesina of Yan is thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina engages the aid of a soothsayer. It is a treasonous act, punishable by death, because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago. Using the information provided, Hesina turns to Akira, an 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? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois :, Albert Whitman and Company,, 2019.
ISBN: 9780807515518
0807515515
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION He Joan 04/2019
Characteristics: 401 pages :,map ;,22 cm

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When her father is murdered, Princess Hesina of Yan is thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina engages the aid of a soothsayer. It is a treasonous act, punishable by death, because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago. Using... Read More »


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VaughanPLChristineO Sep 29, 2019

I really enjoyed this YA fantasy inspired by ancient Chinese court culture. This first book in the series centres around the Empress Hesina's quest to bring her father's murderer to justice. This book was started by He when she was younger than her main character. She began writing fan-fiction in high school. As teen advocate, this knowledge made the book even more special.

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Aug 14, 2019

Overall plot and world-building is interesting, but it felt so disjointed and not fleshed out enough. The main character, Hesina, is always so mad that she gets annoying. I felt that this got published a bit too early and should have had more editing. It's definitely set up for a sequel, which I wouldn't mind reading, but only if the writing style improves.

I did enjoy reading it and felt that it was exciting, so if you can look past the sometimes confusing parts where Hesina seems to just be running around all alone in underground tunnels, you might like it.

DCLteens Apr 25, 2019

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. This beautiful Chinese-inspired fantasy debut is full of plot twists and is getting much love from librarians, booksellers and bloggers.

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