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Descendant of the Crane: He Joan

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It's actually one of the better, more creative YA fantasies I've read, taking influence from Chinese culture and exploring morally grey areas in a story full of political machinations and twists. There is potential left here for a sequel and despite a little bit of a slow start in the beginning, I soon was swept away by this tale. The one thing that peeves me off about this is that it's marketed as a standalone when it is SO OBVIOUSLY NOT a standalone. Sanjing tore my heart because he’s the most realistic portrayal of a 16 year old boy I’ve ever seen in a fantasy novel, and his relationship with Hesina clawed at my soul. Most of them came to me out of discomfort, and so based on their questions I’d tell them what they wanted to hear because I figured I’d assuage worries wherever I can.

I had hardened myself to wonder before I started this book, but my knee-jerk skepticism was quickly knuckled under by my admiration for the way He has craftily drawn on several familiar tropes and recast them into something altogether fresh and memorable. Perhaps the slow-moving plot would have been more interesting for me to read if I’d been given anything else to care about. Reading this after THE GIRL KING turned out to be a really weird experience because they are both very similar stories. Hesina was the protagonist, a young woman convinced that her father, the king, was murdered despite the fact that everyone else believed it to be a natural death.It had a really strong start and I absolutely loved the Chinese inspired world, but the writing didn't flow well, the pacing was off, and I couldn't connect to the characters. I love reading a unique plot, and brewing up twists and turns in my own, but what I love most i …more I'd have to say the interaction of character and plot! Another reason I liked Hesina was that although everyone was telling her that the sooths were evil and deserved to be punished, she made up her own mind about them and wanted to bring equality to her society.

Descendant of the Crane uses an intricate domino like plot structure such that you’ve got an idea that Hesina’s can’t trust everyone that she does, but you can’t really predict when that’ll happen.Descendant of the Crane, however, maintains a momentum that only continues to build and ends with a resolution that feels more like a rubber band that really should have snapped but is still somehow defying physics and in tact.

There’s something about him that doesn’t quite synchronize with the rest of this world, like his character had been spliced in from a different story. The thing is, I like to nurture what I’ve written over time—tending to the words like a gardener tending to the garden.Debo admitir que lo adquirí porque la edición de la portada está preciosa, no estaba tan segura de la historia pero le di una oportunidad, la calidad del libro es excelente y el encuadernado en punto, el trabajo de edición de las cubiertas es remarcable, una adición preciosa a mi librero. We might have different ways of viewing the world and people around us; I hope the book shows you that that’s okay, and that two (or more) things can be equally valid even if we don’t personally connect with one of them. The setting is fascinating - what happens to a revolution if the premise is pushed awry and the founders can’t undo their mistakes? Her mother, who dislikes her for unknown reasons, abdicates very reluctantly, leaving Hesina to manage the kingdom and lead the trial to find her father's murderer, all without her help. He really pulls out all the stops with this book, and the sheer number of twists and turns have me screaming.

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