Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: A Review

Can I just say, this cover is GORGEOUS. Breathtaking. I am deeply in love with this cover. I would marry this cover. I would adopt three kids with this cover.

Despite the beauty and absolute magnificence of the cover, Six Crimson Cranes was not my favorite- but that’s more of a me problem than the book’s problem. The tone is very fairy tale esque, which makes sense, because it’s built on the myths close to Elizabeth Lim’s heart.

I won’t go too in depth on plot, but Six Crimson Cranes is about a princess who discovers her stepmother is a demon and in retaliation her stepmother stops her from speaking and turns her brothers into cranes. It’s a story about loving yourself and being loyal to your family, as well as what it means to be heroic and what keeps you from becoming a “demon”.

This story is fun. It has all the elements of a good fantasy, with tropes and excitement. If you’re a fan of Katherine Arden, I think you’ll like this one.

For me, it was a bit subpar, mainly because I’m not one for the Katherine Arden style. I think this will also work well with individuals who want easy-to-read YA, because though the prose is beautiful, it’s simple, easy to make your way through.

I will be recommending it to others, even though it wasn’t my cup of tea.

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