Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Mini Review + 5 Reasons Why You NEED To Read DOTC

Rating: 5/5 stars

Title: Descendant of The Crane

Author: Joan He

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 400

Format: PDF Ebook

Source: From Joan He Via her Street TeamR

Publisher: Albert Whitman Company

Publishing Date: 2nd of April, 2019


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 engages 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 and alluring 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?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.


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Going into this book I wasn’t really sure what to expect, except that it was fitting for those who love Game of Thrones and High Fantasy (AKA: ME). I am a sucker for Fantasy. Give me anything with swords, political drama, Juicy non-political drama that some how turns out to be political by the end. MmMm… YES. PURE PERFECTION.

What I loved the most about Descendant of the Crane was the INTENSITY of it all. I didn’t know who to trust the whole time and when I thought I knew what was going on Joan would twist it and then I’d be back at square one: CLUELESS! I really enjoyed being surprised because most of the time, I tend to guess the ending of books. So, that was a super great refresher!

What I loved about the characters was that YOU. CAN’T. TRUST. ANYONE. Susan, your neighbour? DON’T TRUST. Your family? DON’T TRUST. Your dog? ALWAYS TRUST. Absolutely everyone you come in contact with? DON’T TRUST. This is a life or death, MAJOR RISK SITUATION. Each and every character stood out. Even minor ones. How? It was just so beautifully done! I don’t know if it’s possible to marry a book but if you can, I’m engaged to DOTC, not you.

THE PLOT DROVE ME CRAZY. I HONESTLY STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING AND I’VE FINISHED THE BOOK. And that’s honestly why you need it. Need more convincing? Here’s 5 reasons why you need to read this book!


5 Reasons Why You Need To Pick Up Descendant of the Crane ASAP!

  1. It’s a part of the Diverse Universe of books! Based in East Asia written by an author of Asian Decent. Own voices books are really great reads since I feel like the representation is really well done (most of the time) when it’s written by an author of the same decent of the main character since it’s also from a real perspective.
  2. World building. The world building in this book is so fascinating to me. I loved roaming around ancient China, In palaces and forests, beautiful waters and amazing architecture in my head. I love how Joan weaved every detail in without making it feel like too much.
  3. Warning: Contains juicy drama better than any soap-opera I’ve ever seen. (Riverdale, who?) Political, romantic(cal) and emotional drama was unleashed and just like Miley Cyrus, IT CAN’T BE TAMED.
  4. POLITICAL GALORE. I loved how this book went from Epic mysterious fantasy, to most confusing episode of CSI straight to the most extra prank show. It’s just amazing! The politics are great because at some points you kind of forget about it and then Joan drops another political bomb, and it’s just perfect.
  5. The characters are all great and lovely and you will love them all!!!

About The Author – Joan He


Joan started out in art – the pencil-sketching, oil-painting kind of art – only to discover the art of the written word. So here she is now, love undivided.

When she’s not writing or senioring at the University of Pennsylvania (where she studies Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures), she hunts down cute wombat videos, drinks an obscene amount of iced coffee, and pretends she can handle scary anime. Her one regret is that she’s not sponsored by Starbucks. 

DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE is her debut novel, forthcoming in Spring 2019 from Albert Whitman & Co. For updates, please sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/c5rvdL. For business related inquiries, please contact her literary agent, John Cusick of Folio Lit.



Thank you guys so much for reading! See you soon!

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