Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Series: Six Crimson Cranes #1
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Knopf
Released: July 6, 2021
Received: NetGalley

Elizabeth Lim’s latest novel, Six Crimson Cranes, is a compelling and extraordinary fantasy novel, one that I cannot recommend enough.

Shiori is the only princess of Kiata. She is unique for another reason, as forbidden magic hides within her veins. Magic that is just begging to burst out and reveal her secret to the world – including her magic-fearing family.

When disaster strikes, it does so quickly. Shiori’s magic is revealed when she discovers that her stepmother also has magic. What follows is a magical banishment for Shiori and her six brothers. Now they must find a way to save the kingdom.

“Find the light that makes your lantern shine, ” Mama would say. Now, more than ever, Kiki was that light.”

Oh my goodness. Can I go back in time and read Six Crimson Cranes for the first time again? Pretty please? Seriously though, this is a novel worth of time travel; it is that good. Everything about this story demands attention, from the start right up until the end.

Best of all? Six Crimson Cranes is the start of a new series, and I’m already counting down the days for the sequel. Okay, I’m not exactly counting down the days – that would require me to know the release date. But I will be as soon as that announcement is made.

Shiori’s story is fantastical, whimsical, and powerful all in one. Her character is so strong and precious, embodying so many wonderful human attributes. The fact that she is also curious and playful just makes her all the more endearing.

And thus, it makes her story and plight all the more captivating. It’s hard not to get attached to what is happening here. The secondary characters help to forge a stronger emotional connection, as they all play a significant role in this tale.

“Fear is just a game, Shiori, I reminded myself. You win by playing.”

Six Crimson Cranes is a story built around a classic fairy tale, the swan brothers (also known as the Six Swans). It carries a lot of those classical notes, yet there are some distinct changes throughout the story. Personally, I love the transition from swans to crimson cranes here. It’s so fitting, and it makes for exceptionally striking imagery.

Long story short: I loved Six Crimson Cranes, and highly recommend it to everyone, especially fans of Elizabeth Lim. I know I’m going to be adding the rest of her works to my TBR list (I’ve been meaning to read Spin the Dawn for far too long at this point).

Thanks to Knopf and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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