FICTION

Six Crimson Cranes

Knopf. Jul. 2021. 464p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593300916.
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Gr 7 Up–Dangerous magic, untimely romance, and more than a few twists await readers in a magical adventure set in the same world as Lim’s “Blood of Stars” duology. Princess Shiori’anma, the youngest child and only daughter of the Emperor of Kiata, has successfully hidden her forbidden magical abilities for years. But one fateful day, desperate to escape a dreaded betrothal ceremony, Shiori slips up and reveals her secret to her stepmother, who is discovered to have dangerous powers of her own. Now Shiori and her six older brothers have been cursed and banished—her brothers doomed to transform into six cranes by day, while Shiori is rendered unrecognizable and warned that for every word she utters, one of her brothers will die. Shiori must summon every ounce of grit and resourcefulness she possesses to survive, track down her brothers, and solve the mystery of their curse. Fast-paced excitement is balanced with a satisfyingly intricate plot that weaves in elements from Western fairy tales and East Asian folklore. Princess Shiori, with all her shortcomings, is an endearingly determined protagonist whom readers will be excited to follow into promised sequels.
VERDICT A must-read for fans of folklore– and fairy tale–inspired fantasy.

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