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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Year of the Asian Sign-Up Post & TBR!

One of my overall reading goals is to continue to read diversely and use my voice to boost these stories, so when I saw that four of my blogging faves created the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, I knew that I had to take part!

The goal of the YARC is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can in 2019 and is co-hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea, and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads. The challenge was created to celebrate Asian literature and Asian authors, and I am so excited to be taking part!

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