Review for „Six Crimson Cranes“ by Elizabeth Lim

Anmerkung: Diese Rezension ist auf Englisch, da ich das Buch von einem englischen Verlag bereitgestellt bekommen habe.

First of all, I would like to say thank you for the review copy, which was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley. This fact does not in any way affect my personal opinion on this book. This post contains advertising and the rights for the book belong to the publisher.

General information 

  • Titel: Six Crimson Cranes
  • Author: Elizabeth Lim
  • Series: Six Crimson Cranes (Book 1 of probably 2)
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Format: Ebook
  • Pages: 464
  • Releasedate: 08.07.2021
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Price: 6,49€ (Ebook) / 8,99€ (Softcover) / 17,07€ (Hardcover)


Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs in her veins. And on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain – no matter what it costs.

My opinion 

Of course, is this only my personal opinion on the book and just because I give this rating to the book doesn’t mean, that everyone will have that opinion.

The writing style was nice and fast to read, as I expected it to be. I was already familiar with the world, so I didn’t have trouble finding my way into the story.
I liked the characters and how they changed throughout the story. Personally, I haven’t read the original fairytale, but I think I will pick it up after reading this book.
But something was still missing for me and sometimes I had a few problems with the main protagonist.
The ending was different from what you can normally find in the YA genre (IMO) and I was happy about it. I am excited to read the second book.


Another nice YA fantasy book from Elizabeth Lim

I give 4 from 5 Stars 

See you later, 

Paula Josina

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