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Descendant of the Crane: He Joan

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Plus, I have an interview with some of the characters coming this Wednesday so keep an eye out for that! Plenty of twists and lots of back stabbing betrayals ensue and it isn't long before Hessina wonders- who can I trust? Her story and character arc were always meant to be 80% wrapped up in one book; any future books would have been closer to companion novels. Sometimes in books like these you KNOW things aren’t what they seem, and you’re smart enough to go into reading it with some amount of suspicion towards every character in the book. He generally remained shrouded in mystery but we do get to learn small things about him here and there in the novel.

Ultimately, I often found myself bored in a world I should have been utterly captivated by, so whilst it has all the makings of a sensational five star read, it just isn't one. Descendant of the Crane, however, maintains a momentum that only continues to build and ends with a resolution that feels more like a rubber band that really should have snapped but is still somehow defying physics and in tact.There were times when she wavered but when she made up her mind to do something, she did it formidably. While I am an absolute glutton for political intrigue fantasies, that in itself isn’t usually enough to leave me as emotionally raw and vulnerable as Descendant of the Crane did and that’s because this book, in a very natural manner such that you don’t even notice, transitions from a generic political/historical fantasy to a tale about morals versus duty.

It also features a number of plot twists and ends on the biggest plot twist of all, making me expect a sequel and simultaneously want to look a certain character in the eye to say "I’ll beat thee, but I would infect my hands. They are selected at random, but Hesina is told by the sooth about this one convict in her dungeons that could help her. The not-quite-Imperial-China is beautifully done, and not the usual list of jade and flying monkey cliches. They’d follow the points of views of characters you haven’t yet met (while bringing in the old cast), and complete the bigger story that’s introduced in the epilogue of DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE.Akira appears so infrequently that it feels like the novel is frustratingly adamant on keeping the reader at arms’ length from him. Synopsis: 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.

In fact, he had a lot of reasons to turn out to be the Broody YA Love Interest guy, but he doesn’t and I loved him.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. It also felt as if these characters were held at an arm’s length because of the prose itself—which others have seemed to enjoy, but didn’t flow well and felt unnatural to me.

Hesina, royal by birth, does not take all of her newfound responsibilities without struggle and without a hefty dose of mistakes, and I loved her all the more for it. this story is overwhelmingly heavy in court politics and war, so much so that my interest began to fade after a while. Debo admitir que lo adquirí porque la edición de la portada está preciosa, no estaba tan segura de la historia pero le di una oportunidad, la calidad del libro es excelente y el encuadernado en punto, el trabajo de edición de las cubiertas es remarcable, una adición preciosa a mi librero. The book begun with treason, was followed by murder, and the stakes were only ever raised from there.Durante todo el libro sentí que no conocía a ningún personaje y que su personalidad era tan interesante como la de una servilleta, no había profundidad de ninguna clase y era desesperante. The book starts with Hesina determined to get justice for her father, whom she was believed to be poisoned. The concepts of belief and choice are the true foundations and are weaved so well into the story and Hesina’s character that the reader cannot help but drown in the very same helpless anxiety of “what can I possibly do?

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