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Descendant of the Crane: He Joan

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If you want to understand a person, peer at his heart through the window of his prejudices and assumptions. I’m not sure I would definitively say it’s worth reading the whole book for, but the ending leaned into the exact type of messed up, lovely character dynamic I adore and it was so fun to read.

I hate and love her simultaneously and the fact that I can’t decide which feeling to go with is POWERFUL. But, like, seriously, both are about royal siblings who must struggle to learn to manage their kingdoms in times of severe political upheaval. in a perfect world, where I would have been able to get a 3 book contract from the get-go, I envisioned book 2 following a new character X Sanjing, and book 3 following a new character X Caiyan, all to complete the arc that's much bigger than Hesina's personal story (one of finding the truth of who killed her dad, and thereby also finding the truth of herself and dismantling the lies she grew up on). There are four ministries if I’m not wrong, a secretariat (or more; I might have missed details about this part) and a grand advisor, all of which work with the king/queen. I thought that was very well done, in fact, even if they weren't acting quite the way we expect teens to act.I also wanted to take a moment to say that it's hard to convey everything a book is through a synopsis alone and I want to apologize if the previous one for DESCENDANT is misleading. Most of the time, the task feels like trying to run up the side of an avalanche, and the novel doesn’t elude the reality of the weight residing on Hesina’s shoulders. Overall, I appreciated the slower, more political plot, but there were parts of the book that went on too long and felt dragged out, but truthfully this could be said for about 95% of YA fantasy debuts.

Despite knowing that it is high treason, she seeks out a sooth to help set her on her path, who tells her the path she should take to find her father's murderer. The “magic people” in this story – which are named sooths – they can not only see in the future, but some of them can even bring the future state of something in the present. Although he is said to have died a natural death, she believes he was poisoned and therefore start an investigation to find the criminal. Another reason I liked Hesina was that although everyone was telling her that the sooths were evil and deserved to be punished, she made up her own mind about them and wanted to bring equality to her society.Maybe a bit dramatic at times, but if drama and scheming aren't what you're here for, this might not be the book for you since that's what it focuses on more than fast-paced action. I think the novel could have been better curated, as it sometimes feels less like a story and more like a haphazard sequence of things happening. The queen can walk around without guards, she has no advisors, or councils and apparently does everything by herself.

I love reading a unique plot, and brewing up twists and turns in my own, but what I love most is designing each beat of the story to maximize character PAIN (and occasionally happiness :) ). A gripping tale full of intrigue, unpredictable twists, and betrayal—this is the Chinese fantasy readers have been waiting for. From this very first line of the actual book I knew I was going to be immersed in all the political scheming, court intrigue, and high-stakes action that I had been so highly anticipating. Joan He manages to weave a very creative fantasy while only toeing the line of what can be considered fantasy, an immense amount of political intrigue, and one of the most compelling main characters I’ve read all year.

The worldbuilding is rich and well thought out, but what I loved most about it was the way He captured the public. La lógica del final es tierna y retorcida en ambas partes y es por ello que me niego a pensar que este libro no tendrá secuela, nos deja un final abierto que se siente más como una herida que como una conclusión. Fantasy books following the inner-workings of the royal court and with society's ruling members as their central characters are my favourite to read about. This has one of the best "trial" scenes I've seen in a book, like Joan He was the John Grisham of YA fantasy authors. There is potential left here for a sequel and despite a little bit of a slow start in the beginning, I soon was swept away by this tale.

There’s court trials for the murder and the politics is mixed in, as the traitor may lie somewhere in the court . Como lectora, sólo aprendí que la sangre de quienes blandían magia prohibida se encendía en llamas cuando salía a la superficie. This is something that bothers me in most books that do this; if there’s a footnote regarding them, it’s fine, but sometimes I had to stop reading to Google what something was because it bugged me way too much to continue. With complex world-building and character development, readers tired of cookie-cutter stories will find some surprise twists here.But I do hope it covers everything, and, if it doesn't give you comfort, I hope it at least paints the full picture I think readers deserve. I don’t know how much this review will be helpful in the first place because I remember only bits of it! Sin embargo, cuando descubre que su padre fue envenenado, Hesina decide convocar al equipo de investigaciones y denunciar su muerte como un asesinato. I am curious about the names, and why some are Chinese but Hesina's is, I believe, an alternate spelling of a Muslim name, and Lillian is a very Western name.

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