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Six Crimson Cranes av Elizabeth Lim
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Six Crimson Cranes (utgåvan 2021)

av Elizabeth Lim (Författare)

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Medlem:Dylan.Culver
Titel:Six Crimson Cranes
Författare:Elizabeth Lim (Författare)
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2021), 464 pages
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teen/adult fiction (cursed princess must defend her family and kingdom from demons)

I loved this totally unique, fresh storyline and the magical ancient-Japan-like setting. ( )
  reader1009 | Aug 27, 2021 |
**An ARC of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Six Crimson Cranes is a fantasy must-read! Join Shiori as she tries to break a curse and save her country from the demons trapped in the Holy Mountains. Lim takes inspiration from The Six Swans with Shiori's curse, from Snow White with an evil stepmother but the evil stepmother twist at the end was actually AMAZING?!?!, and a dash of Cinderella when a handsome suitor who picks up Shiori's slipper tries to find her. Yet Lim finds a way to take these tropes and turns them into an utterly charming and unique new tale.

Shiori is everything you could ever want in a main character—she's head-strong, loyal, and caring. She's creative and clever and best of all she's not afraid to trust and she's brave enough to admit when she's wrong and learn from her past. Watching her face adversity and grow was an absolute pleasure.

After the success of Lim's previous duology and now this, she has become an auto-buy author for me! ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
I was very intrigued as soon as I first heard the title of this book and saw the US cover, but it was the gorgeous and stunning UK cover which made this a highly anticipated release for me, and I flew through it in just a matter of hours.

When I picked this up today, I had a feeling I could finish it in a single sitting and I’m glad my expectation wasn’t misplaced. The writing is easy to follow while also being lush and vivid, especially the descriptions of locations and atmosphere making me want to teleport to that place, and the finger licking descriptions of food making me so hungry that I needed something to munch on while reading. The pacing is also pretty fast, which makes for an exciting read, but sometimes it also felt like we breezed through certain important plotlines or didn’t get enough time to process the monumental revelations. But the overall imagery that the author weaves through this fairytale kind of story is very vivid and memorable and it’ll remain in any reader’s head for a while. The magic for the most part is simple and uncomplicated but as the story goes on, we get to learn more about the lore of this world in bits and pieces, but this book still is more of a setup in that aspect and I fell we’ll get more of the magic, gods, dragons and demons in the sequel.

Shiori didn’t endear me immediately as a character. I used to love YA fantasy a lot but I’ve also grown older now and having ventured more into the adult fantasy genre, I’m feeling more and more unattached to younger protagonists. In this one too, Shiori is reckless and impulsive initially and I had to remind myself that she is young and just needed to grow and learn restraint. But she is also resilient and curious and while this does land her in trouble, she is also strong enough to handle the hardships and the ordeals she goes through just makes her more inclined to fight for herself and her family.

Her relationship with her six brothers is sweet and their bickering only makes you feel more close to them. Her best friend is an absolute delight and what she might lack in empathy, she makes up for with her wittiness and also just being there as Shiori when she really needs someone. And while I was glad that romance wasn’t necessarily a focus of this story, I thought the slow burn was beautifully written and it’s development truly fits the “fated ones” vibe of the story.

To conclude, this was such a fun and adventurous ride. I don’t know much about the original fairytale “The Six Swans”, so I couldn’t tell you how close this retelling follows the storytelling. But it’s a lovely amalgamation of western and eastern fairytales and folklore, which will mesmerize you with its stunning imagery and the endearing family bonds. And the reluctant arranged marriage trope is always fun to explore and I can’t wait to see where this story goes next. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
I love the world building in this story! Can’t wait for the rest of the series! ( )
  bookishreputation | Jul 28, 2021 |
Mildly rebellious, curious and very loyal to her brothers describe Shiori very well. When she senses something off about her stepmother, she follows her, only to discover the woman is far from what she seems. The result is her having a curse placed upon her in the form of an unbreakable walnut bowl. Her six brothers are also cursed, becoming crimson swans at daylight, only to return to increasingly tenuous human forms at night. If she speaks a word, one of her brothers will die. All of this sends her fleeing, then after speaking to a trickster-like dragon in human form, to find a magical plant that's covered with steel-like thorns, so she can weave a net. Add in evil pursuers, battles, romance and a couple dandy plot twists near the end and you have a great read that sets up more to come. ( )
  sennebec | Jul 18, 2021 |
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