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: 695 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
“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.
Confession: when I started reading this, I had completely forgotten the synopsis! My first... 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
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