Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes #1) by Elizabeth Lim

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This is not a book that you can read in multiple sittings. I tried to keep it down to a minimum once I began. I had to know what would happen next. Despite trying to make mental predictions of all the possibilities, I still did not anticipate the number of twists during the narrative.
Shiori is a carefree child at the beginning, at least in her mind. She does not have many responsibilities, is pampered and usually gets her way. This changes quite abruptly. First, she ends up making a blunder while trying to cover up the fact that she has illegal magic powers. This draws her into her stepmother’s daily routine, and unable to remember when their relationship soured, Shiori starts to have her own suspicions.
These suspicions lead to an accusation and then subsequently to a completely unimaginable situation that has her and her brothers thrown out of the palace, unable to return. This is just the beginning of their troubles. What happens next is both captivating and harsh to watch unfold. The finale (for this book), as I mentioned earlier, was unexpected but bittersweet. It made me immediately impatient for the sequel. I would recommend it to the readers of the fantasy genre. There are dragons and various forms of magic in this world, making it a very colourful one.
I am unaware of the complete original tale, but that did not impact my reading of this retelling.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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