Six Crimson Cranes - Six Crimson Cranes (Hardback)Elizabeth Lim (author)
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Inspired by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale The Six Swans, Lim's evocative fantasy follows a banished princess' quest to track down her transformed cousins.
A princess in exile. Six enchanted cranes. An unspeakable curse.
A beautiful and immersive YA fantasy retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Six Swans fairytale, set in an East-Asian inspired world, by the author of Spin the Dawn.
Shiori'anma, 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.
A sorceress in her own right, Raikama 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 uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, as well as 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.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 694 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 44 mm
'A dazzling fairy tale full of breathtaking storytelling.' - Stephanie Garber, Sunday Times bestselling author of Caraval
'This is a gem for all lovers of whimsical fantasy! - Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire
'What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read! - Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter
'A resilient heroine, a cast of imaginative characters, and creative plot turns make this gem of a novel sparkle.' - Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
'This book is magic! - Kristin Cashore, New York Times bestselling author of Graceling
'A must-read for lovers of folkloric fantasy, told with flair and originality. Readers will be captivated by Shiori's journey.' - Juliet Marillier, award-winning author of Sevenwaters and Wildwood Dancing
'A princess with a secret, forbidden magic, betrothals gone awry-Six Crimson Cranes is an unputdownable, sweeping fairytale that thrills as much as it delights. Lim is a master storyteller which is apparent with every magical turn of the page.' - Kerri Maniscalco, #1 NYT bestselling author of Kingdom of the Wicked
'Six Crimson Cranes is a true fairy tale adventure with a vividly drawn world, a lovable and dynamic heroine, and a complex wicked stepmother. With her skillful combination of folklore and surprising plot twists, Elizabeth Lim takes readers on a captivating and wholly original journey.' - Melissa Bashardoust, author of Girl, Serpent, Thorn
'An addictive magical adventure.' - School Library Journal
'Sure to delight even the most jaded of fantasy readers.' - NPR
'Elizabeth Lim is such an incredible storyteller . . . This amazing story will leave you breathless and aching to keep reading it long after you've finished.' - The Nerd Daily'A nuanced, compelling cast. Seamlessly intertwining western and East Asian folklore, Lim embroiders a richly imagined landscape in this vibrant, fast-paced duology starter.' - Publishers Weekly, starred review
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“This is an incredible book and one of my favourite reads this year!”
Six Crimson Cranes is an Asian inspired Fantasy based on one of my all-time favourite tales The Six Swans.
I first encountered The Six Swans when reading Grimm’s Fairytales a good few years ago and it’s been one of... More
“Enchanting YA tale”
I’ve read previous books by Elizabeth Lim, I liked them, but they didn’t leave me with a wish of wanting to read more. With this book, it somehow found that special spot in my soul. If you’ve done some research on... More
“Great, easy read with fairytale vibes”
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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