Book Review || Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Six Crimson Cranes
{Six Crimson Cranes #1}
Elizabeth Lim
13th July 2021

Ever since I read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, I have been somewhat intrigued by the story of the Wild Swans. So, when this was announced and subsequently released, I was excited, if a little apprehensive.

And then I proceeded to not get to it for over a year. (awkward.) And I am kicking myself a little bit for that, because I really enjoyed this. I loved the painting of the characters, I loved that Shiori was kind of a selfish, wilful brat to start with, I loved how her brothers were actually brothers - not necessarily the paragon of care that you sometimes see in novels. I appreciate the slow-burn style of the romance and also in some cases the friendships. The reveals were fantastic and, though I don't really feel like I have quite enough to find the villain's motivation truly believable (I don't super understand it), I still believe that they are a villain and absolutely ready to do villainous deeds.

The banter in this story between Shiori and Kiki was actually fantastic, and had me snorting on occasion. And the somewhat-resolution towards the end had me welling up a little bit, though I kind of felt like parts of that were a little rushed in a way, and we were jumping into the preparation for the sequel quite fast, too.

And herein lies another place to kick myself - I have the sequel, and I very much want to read it, but I know that if I try now my poor ND brain will just reject it outright. (Also, turns out, your chronic illnesses taking over for a few months means that you get kind of behind on review books - who knew?) I really hope to be able to get to it soon, though, as I am super intrigued by where Elizabeth Lim is taking the story, and I want to know more about the possible romantic entanglements that are being hinted at.

8/10 lovely not-humans-transformed cranes, flying in the sky. (with much beak clacking.)

{I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.}

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