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Descendant of the Crane: He Joan

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This gorgeous, Chinese-inspired fantasy is packed with dizzying twists, complex characters, and intricate politics. Some of you might have heard about Hesina's Imperial Court, the street team I originally organized for this book in Nov 2018, and some of you have asked how to join. Even though she didn't always make the right decisions and she had many misconceptions about her kingdom, it was admirable how she believed in herself and had the courage to pursue the things she thought were right. 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. Reeling from the death of a beloved father, the teen regent Hessina is hell bent on finding the person or persons who may be responsible.

Her inner conflict between whether to do what is good for her family and friends or her people plays a big part in the story and you can see how much she thinks about every decision she takes, how she weighs the good and the bad and, in the end, she always takes a risk for what is right.A fully realized history helps make this adventure, rooted in Chinese folklore, feel epic, while Hesina will appeal to contemporary readers. Plus a twist taken straight from ToG And holy SHIT how could I nearly forget all of the mentions and Akira and his ~rod~. Most of the time, the task feels like trying to run up the side of an avalanche, and the novel doesn’t elude the reality of the weight residing on Hesina’s shoulders. The book is told in 3rd limited perspective – we only get to see Hesina’s point of view of the story (except for the epilogue).

I also really enjoyed some of the magic and ancient text that was introduced into the story piecemeal although I did feel this was used as a plot device to explain away some of the missing information conveniently. This little gem may have escaped my notice if I hadn't seen a list of highly anticipated YA novels for 2019. My biggest quibble with Descendant of the Crane is that it was marketed as a Chinese Game of Thrones.The author has stated that she has companion novels lined up but the publisher is probably waiting to see how successful this first book is. A beautiful debut with thrilling politics and strokes of magic, set in a lush world that feels real and weighted with its own complex history. That's a really long story that I legally cannot disclose here, but by the end of it, I'd managed to win back the rights to DOTC, and it essentially went out of print in the US.

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 think Descendant of the Crane really portrayed this question well and showed a lot of different paths to achieving something (some of which I cannot spoil).If it’s any small comfort, Hesina’s journey in DESCENDANT would have always ended the way that it did regardless of if I’d sold in a one book, two book, or three book deal. Do I need to knowledge of Three Kingdoms (the classic that STRIKE THE ZITHER is based on) to read STRIKE THE ZITHER? tldr; Stories about concubines, wives, and daughters fighting tooth and nail to be considered worthy in a sexist society are valid. There’s something about him that doesn’t quite synchronize with the rest of this world, like his character had been spliced in from a different story. this book now has a place in my heart, it's been a while since I've read a book I've loved unconditionally.

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