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descendant of the crane by joan he; a review

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title: Descendant of The Crane
author: Joan He
genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (AW Teen)
release date:
 April 9th, 2019
source: Publisher via NetGalley
Goodreads Summary:

❝Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by
death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?❞

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bloodwitch (the witchlands #3) by susan dennard; a review

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title: Bloodwitch
series: The Witchlands
author: Susan Dennard
genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
publisher: Tor
release date:
 Feb 21st, 2018 (UK)
Goodreads Summary:

❝Loyalties will be tested as never before.

The Raider King’s plans to claim the Witchlands are under way. Now, his forces sow terror in the mountains, slaughtering innocents. After finding the slain, Aeduan and Iseult race for safety. And despite differing goals, they’ve grown to trust one another in the fight to survive. Yet the Bloodwitch keeps a secret that could change everything . . .

When Merik sacrifices himself to save his friends, he is captured by the Fury. However, Merik isn’t one to give up easily, and he’ll do whatever it takes to save those he loves. And in Marstok, Safi the Truthwitch agrees to help the empress uncover a rebellion. But those implicated are killed and Safi becomes desperate for freedom.

War has come once more to the Witchlands. Perhaps if Safi and Iseult were united, their powers could bring peace. But chaos is not easily tamed.❞

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bloodwitch is the third installment in susan dennard’s fantasy series, ‘the witchlands‘. it’s also been quite the anticipated release for many people since it comes out two years after its predecessor. i, myself, quietly waited for the release, thinking i could survive the wait, no problem, but i was surprised how much i actually wanted to devour this book because i went out and started reading it as soon as it hit (both physical and electronic) shelves. my anticipation completely blindsided me, and now that i’m aware of it, the wait for the next book will be unbearable.

starting off, i wasn’t actually going to write this review initially, however, this morning, as i was nearing the end of the book, thoughts rushed into my head and i knew i needed to put them down in a post. everything about this book surprised me, from my eagerness to read it to the writing and the characters, and how much i’d grown attached to them without even knowing. Continue reading “bloodwitch (the witchlands #3) by susan dennard; a review”