Six Crimson Cranes is the first book in a new duology by Elizabeth Lim.
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
After reading the Blood of Stars duology, it was fantastic reading about the folktale that was spoken about in passing in the books. Six Crimson Cranes is set before the Blood of Stars duology.
I really enjoyed reading about Shiori who is trying to save her brothers and the kingdom as well as being the princess of Kiata.
I loved the world building and the magic that was described as well as the introduction of characters. It was well paced and had such interesting characters. I always enjoy reading story arcs of strong female characters with great interactions with others.
It was interesting meeting her finance and Sergu and seeing their relationships change. Her relationship with her brothers were all different and unique so it was always intriguing to read.
I cant wait to reading the next book.