Descendant of the Crane – Review

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Publication Date: April 9, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


I would like to thank Albert Whitman & Company and Joan He and NetGalley for allowing me to be amongst the first to read Descendant of the Crane.

Descendant of the Crane is set to be published on April 9th and will be available in ebook and hardcopy.


“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?”


One of the many appeals of this story is that you are thrust into the action right from the beginning, and the action never dies down.

Hesina was a wonderful main character who the reader got to witness her growing from a princess into a strong woman who wants to save and repair her country, even if they don’t want to be fixed. In the beginning, she heavily relies on her family and friends, not herself, but as the story continues, she sees that to be a queen, she cannot do that, that she can trust no one except for herself. She becomes a strong character that the book needed, that her country needed.

The landscape of the story is beautiful, and the way that Joan He described the palace where most of the story resided makes the reader feel as if they are truly there. The capital city felt the most alive, it’s people and their upheaval was a driving force throughout the book, and Hesina’s want to fix their problems kept the story moving forward.

The other part of the book that I truly enjoyed were the shocks and the plot twists that made me put the book down in utter shock. Also, how all of the loose ends are woven together in the last 20% of the book really made it worth reading and hopefully there is a follow up book that allows the major cliffhangers to be put to rest.


I highly recommend this book if you are currently in a reading rut because it will put your faith back into books. I also recommend if you like books that have very little love interest, lots of political upheaval, awesome queens who rule, or just want to gaze at the gorgeous cover!


Thank you once again to Albert Whitman & Company and Joan He. I loved reading this book and was super surprised with every chapter.

Go pick yourself up a copy at your local bookstore on April 9!



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