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Descendant of the crane di Joan He
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Descendant of the crane (edizione 2019)

di Joan He

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"Princess Hesina of Yan is thrust into power when her beloved father is murdered, and she's determined to find his killer--whatever the cost"--
Titolo:Descendant of the crane
Autori:Joan He
Info:Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman and Company, 2019.
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This is a young adult novel that was a free audio from AudioSyncFile this year. It is a fantasy where a young girl becomes a ruler and decides she needs to find her father's killer. There are many things in this book that can r/t current issues such as prejudices and censorship. The book is a romance also. The heroine is strong and determined young woman who doesn't know who she can trust in this story of intrigue within the kingdom. This was a debut novel, published 2019. ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 6, 2021 |
Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. 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. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer―a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira―a brilliant investigator who's also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high? ( )
  Gmomaj | May 15, 2021 |
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  lexrielle | Feb 9, 2021 |
Princess Hesina of Yan, believing her father to be murdered, opens an investigation into his death. She’s driven by her aching grief and by her fierce desire for truth and justice -- for all her people, as well as in this matter of her father’s death. But the truth is much harder than she expects.

I thought this was incredible, but sometimes stressful! Compelling characters, complex family dynamics (I especially liked the sibling relationships), intricate prose and worldbuilding, and startling twists that turned out to slot neatly in with the other puzzle pieces.

Upon reflection, the revelations in the epilogue would have made a greater impact had they been kept for a sequel so we could learn of them when Hesina does. However, since it seems that the author (or, perhaps more accurately, the publisher?) is not planning a direct sequel, it makes sense to include those answers in the epilogue.

What is truth? Scholars seek it. Poets write it. Good kings pay gold to hear it. But in trying times, truth is the first thing we betray.
-- One of the Eleven on truth

Truth? Why, it’s a lie in disguise.
-- Two of the Eleven on truth
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  Herenya | Sep 24, 2020 |
There were so many twists, and I saw none of them coming. I am gobsmacked at how good this book is. And it's a debut! I got the ebook copy from the library, but I'm buying the hardback. It's that good. I think that, at its core, this is a story about acceptance - of who we are, what we can't change. "I can't change how people see me," Hesina said. "Just as you can't change your past. But I can choose to accept it" (321).
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  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
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