I know it’s not good practice to judge a book by its cover, but I did. This cover art intrigued me. And what’s better, the gorgeous cover is a clear nod to the writing inside. In Six Crimson Cranes, Elizabeth Lim has deftly woven East Asian folklore, dynamic characters and suspenseful adventure creating the vibrant Kingdom of Kiata. Lim’s writing filled my senses and captured my heart from start to finish. Here’s the opening paragraph:
“The bottom of the lake tasted like mud, salt and regret. The water was so thick it was agony keeping my eyes open, but than the great gods I did. Otherwise, I would have missed the dragon.”
So begins our journey with Princess Shiori’ama. She is fiercely independent, dedicated to her family, impulsive, rebellious and … magic?! How can this be? Magic in a kingdom where magic is banned?! Will her secret be discovered? Will she be cursed and exiled, discovered and burned, safe and hidden? None or all?
Silently Shiori travels across her kingdom to discover what fate has in store. What can be completed? What can be undone? What is yet to finish? Six Crimson Cranes is a joy you won’t want to miss… or to end. Be patient. The next part of the tale is planned for 2022. I can’t wait!