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Descendant of the Crane de Joan He
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Descendant of the Crane (edição: 2019)

de Joan He (Autor), Nancy Wu (Narrador), Llc Dreamscape Media (Publisher)

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"Princess Hesina of Yan is thrust into power when her beloved father is murdered, and she's determined to find his killer--whatever the cost"--
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Título:Descendant of the Crane
Autores:Joan He (Autor)
Outros autores:Nancy Wu (Narrador), Llc Dreamscape Media (Publisher)
Informação:Dreamscape Media, LLC (2019)
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Etiquetas:fantasy, asian

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Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she's thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer―a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira―a brilliant investigator who's also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high? ( )
  Gmomaj | May 15, 2021 |
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  lexrielle | Feb 9, 2021 |
Princess Hesina of Yan, believing her father to be murdered, opens an investigation into his death. She’s driven by her aching grief and by her fierce desire for truth and justice -- for all her people, as well as in this matter of her father’s death. But the truth is much harder than she expects.

I thought this was incredible, but sometimes stressful! Compelling characters, complex family dynamics (I especially liked the sibling relationships), intricate prose and worldbuilding, and startling twists that turned out to slot neatly in with the other puzzle pieces.

Upon reflection, the revelations in the epilogue would have made a greater impact had they been kept for a sequel so we could learn of them when Hesina does. However, since it seems that the author (or, perhaps more accurately, the publisher?) is not planning a direct sequel, it makes sense to include those answers in the epilogue.

What is truth? Scholars seek it. Poets write it. Good kings pay gold to hear it. But in trying times, truth is the first thing we betray.
-- One of the Eleven on truth

Truth? Why, it’s a lie in disguise.
-- Two of the Eleven on truth
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  Herenya | Sep 24, 2020 |
There were so many twists, and I saw none of them coming. I am gobsmacked at how good this book is. And it's a debut! I got the ebook copy from the library, but I'm buying the hardback. It's that good. I think that, at its core, this is a story about acceptance - of who we are, what we can't change. "I can't change how people see me," Hesina said. "Just as you can't change your past. But I can choose to accept it" (321).
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  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
What is power? Hesina had thought it was wielding the knife, or getting someone to wield it for her. Now she realized it was neither. It was taking the bloodstained knife out of a thousand frenzied hands and making it hers alone.

you ever just read a book that leaves you thinking, "holy crap, this is what reading is supposed to be like"?

Because what the heck this was incredible on so many fronts. It's a heart-wrenching, gorgeous, and remarkably clever standout in YA fantasy. It pulls absolutely no punches. I'm just floored and shoving this at everyone I know when it comes out in April.

Descendant of the Crane is a quiet book and an incredibly clever one. There aren’t exactly Dark Lords kicking down Hesina’s door, but it’s impossible not to root for her and feel totally overwhelmed alongside her - and especially feel it when the plot does get bloody.

Princess (now Queen) Hesina’s father has just died. While the justice system wants to brush it off as natural, she’s certain she can prove it was murder. The country’s got bigger problems, though. After being condescended to one too many times, she turns to her first shiny bit of treason: getting a fortune from a soothsayer - someone who uses that aforementioned illegal magic to look into the past and future. Not only that, but the only lawyer she can get is a criminal who’s never been in a courtroom in his life and seriously needs a bath. It’s not a great look for a new queen who is (as we often forget in YA), only like, 17 years old – and everyone treats her that way.

The country’s enduring pressure from all sides – and from within. What follows is Hesina gradually picking free all the knots in her court and senate, while balancing her seemingly pointless search for justice and her reputation with the people.

How can she diffuse the violent tension between magical and non-magical people, when showing sympathy will make her hated? How does she deal with her backstabbing, slimy senate members when they have influence everywhere and know way more than she does? How can she get her stupid brother to get over his complex and trust her?

She can’t step on the wrong toes, but everyone’s pleased to stomp on hers.

It’s impossible not to root for Hesina. All her mistakes and successes are nuanced and genuine and so satisfying. When she’s caught off-guard by the tiniest weak points that her own plans exposed (on herself or on others), I’m just as shocked as she is. It’s especially shocking and painful to see Hesina sacrifice what she believes in just to not send her country into turmoil.

It's engaging and absolutely never stops (and frankly is really good with the horror? man the amount of times I got the shivers). It holds its secrets in plain sight and they're all the more amazing for it. Prepare to be caught off guard by essentially every chapter. ( )
  Chyvalrys | Aug 5, 2020 |
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