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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Young adult

Descendant of the Crane

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by Joan He

Quick take

A determined queen seeks justice for her deceased father in this Chinese fantasy story with serious Game of Thrones vibes.

Good to know

  • Feminist

  • Slow build

  • Family drama

  • Whodunit

Why I love it

A young queen-to-be must navigate the high-stakes world of political intrigue, treachery, and murder in this magical debut that is the complex, smart YA fantasy novel I have been dreaming of. A heroine who thinks for herself! Flawed characters! Exciting plot twists! Not to mention exciting courtroom drama in a fantasy book. And it’s a stand-alone novel, which means no waiting to find out what happ...

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Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and d...

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