Today’s blogpost is a review + journal spread for Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. I got super excited when I got the chance to read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book as I’ve been meaning to read Elizabeth Lim’s work for a while now. I have not been disappointed and I can’t wait to pick up more of her work!
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: July 6th, 2021
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
Throughout this novel, Lim expertly takes her readers on a fairytale-like adventure, following the spoilt princess Shiori as she struggles to free herself and her brothers from a curse placed by her stepmother.
Six Crimson Cranes follows Shiori’anma, the youngest and princess of Kiata, as she accidentally loses control of her magic on the day of her betrothal ceremony. In turn, her stepmother, Raikama banishes and curses Shiori and her six brothers for trying to unmask her magic. We follow Shiori’s quest to lift the curse, saving herself and her brothers.
I really liked the character development that is explored in Six Crimson Cranes. It was refreshing to me to have a character that I genuinely didn’t like at the start but experiencing Shiori’s development was enjoyable, and it made me want her to defeat the curse even more.
Elizabeth Lim once again shows her prowess as a storyteller. She weaves a rich tapestry of complex and nuanced characters within a detailed and nuanced world. She is able to blend the familiarity of the fairytale we know with a diverse new world masterfully, and I am excited to see where the characters will take us in the second book.
Overall this was a wonderful fairytale inspired fantasy that was immersive and one that I didn’t want to put down. If you love YA Fantasy, fairytale retellings and magic or are a fan of Spin the Dawn and Unravel The Dusk then I highly recommend you to read this! A 4-star for sure!
If you’re curious about what others thought of this book then click here for the full tour schedule. You can see all of the other amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers that are participating on this tour!
About the Author
Elizabeth Lim is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), the New York Times bestseller So This is Love, and the USA Today bestseller Reflection. Forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively.
Elizabeth grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.
Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and she turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel—for kicks, at first, then things became serious—and she hasn’t looked back since.
Elizabeth graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in music and a secondary in East Asian Studies, and she completed her graduate degrees (MM, DMA) at The Juilliard School. She grew up in Northern California and Tokyo, Japan, and now resides in New York with her husband and two daughters.
So that’s it for my stop on the tour for Six Crimson Cranes. Hope you enjoyed!