ARC Review: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He | Royal Intrigue, Sibling Rivalry and Plot-twists Everywhere

It’s been ages since I strung words together to form a book review, I’m not sure I still remember how to but Descendant of the Crane deserves the best of me and you. i say books are amazing a lot on this book (because I review books that I love) but this book rocked my world.

Joan He’s book has been on my TBR for the longest time and I regret taking so long to read it. I know, I know…I say this a lot and I should probably get through the books my bookish friends talk about faster but, I am who I am.

Descendant of the Crane starts with the death of a king and his daughter, Princess Yesina, rising up to claim the throne of Yan. But she suspects her father was murded and tries to find out the truth with the help of a convict named Akira while proving she’s loyal to her people. People she doesn’t trust anymore.

I want to talk about the plot because it threw me against the wall and held me in a chokehold when I least expected it. If you think you know the plot then I am here to tell you that you don’t have the foggiest about what’s going to happen. You could be 30% in to the book or 90% into it but your world will be wrecked by Joan He’s masterful plot twists. It’s best to go into this kind of book only knowing the bare essentials so that you’re adequately surprised.

Now, on to the writing. Joan He’s writing reminded me of an Anton Chekhov quote I came across back when I thought I could also be a writer:

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Anton Chekhov

That’s what Descendant of the Crane does to you as a reader. It reels you in. It takes you worlds away into the book and makes everything feel really, really real to the reader. It’s been a while since I read a book that made me feel like this, so when I was reading it I tried very hard to make it last forever but nothing lasts forever. and so far, there’s no sequel in sight so if you read it know that the cliffhanger will leave you restless for a while but it’s worth it.

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