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Six Crimson Cranes

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fascinating fantasy steeped in East Asian folklore.

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First in a Series?

This is a great book, engaging from beginning to end. Although, the book ends with many open storylines. It looks like a second book is planned for sometime in 2022. I was left wanting to read more about this story and its characters. There is so much more for the author to tell!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Fans of myths, folktales, dragons, and magic will fall for this East Asian-inspired fantasy and its strong-willed princess, Shiori. It's clear that author Elizabeth Lim is passionate about all the stories she weaves together in Six Crimson Cranes, from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" to the myth of Chang E the Moon Goddess. It doesn't seem odd that prince-cranes are fleeing dragons or a princess with a bowl on her head has a snake for a stepmother. Everything seems possible and wondrously impossible at once.

This wondrously impossible story wouldn't work without a hero like Princess Shiori. For most of the book she can't speak a word and can't use her magic and can't take that darn bowl off her head. She endures a hero's trials alone and scorned, and she eventually finds aid in an unlikely place: the betrothed she once rejected. The romance is slow to build and a surprise to Shiori, who only has her brothers' safety on her mind. It's refreshing in a story like this that the female hero's goal doesn't become the romance; it's just a sweet side adventure. The end of Six Crimson Cranes reveals more adventures to come for Princess Shiori. Let's hope they are just as wild and wondrous.

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