ARC Review: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

I adored The Descendant of the Crane and will read everything Joan writes, so naturally I was incredibly excited to receive an eARC of her sophomore novel The Ones We’re Meant to Find! This is heartbreakingly beautiful and critically important story of love, loss, and perseverance that has stayed with me long after reading. Thanks for all the tears, Joan He!

eARC of The Ones We're Meant to Find
eARC of The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Friends, let it be said that Joan He is a master wordsmith. Her words resonated within me, swept me into the world straight away and kept me hooked until the very end.

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

“But in trying times, truth is the first thing we betray.”

Friends, this book gripped me from the first page to the very last. Descendant of the Crane is a stunning debut fantasy that delivers on the “Chinese version of Game of Thrones” comparison that I’ve seen. This is a fast paced and action packed book that you cannot miss!

The plot of the book seems simple enough: the king died mysteriously and his daughter launches an investigation because she’s convinced it was murder and is determined to uncover the truth. But it is so much more than that. It turns out the truth is more than just with the king’s death, but the 300 year history of the country following the revolution against the previous empire. The oppressed rose up to make things more equal for everyone… except for the sooths. I appreciated Hesina’s sympathy for the sooths and the moral dilemma she faces while having to also not increase tensions and fear for her people.

“A dead king. A deceived populace. A truth seeker. Sounds like a story that could end very well or very poorly, and I want to spectate.”

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