Descendant of the Crane

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death…because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

  • 416 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8.25"
  • 9780807515518
  • April 2019

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  • Descendant of the Crane is my favorite kind of story: lyrical, romantic, politically complex, but most of all, driven by an iron-willed heroine who will do what must be done—no matter the cost.

    - Kristen Ciccarelli, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara

  • A beautiful debut with thrilling politics and strokes of magic, set in a lush world that feels real and weighted with its own complex history.

    - Lori M. Lee, author of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and the Gates of Thread and Stone series

  • Joan He has penned a lovely and intriguing tale of secrets, family, and betrayal. You’ll be drawn in by this marvelously vivid world…and keep turning the pages for the plot twists!

    - Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

  • Deep world-building, magical family secrets, and intricate palace politics—Descendant of the Crane soars from page one. Its twists and treacheries kept me guessing until the very end.

    - Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina

  • Hesina is a heroine for the ages––brilliant, determined, and fierce. It is impossible not to root for her.

    - Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess

  • The plot twists are truly dizzying at times, and everyone, from villain to ally, has an intriguing backstory . . . With complex worldbuilding and character development, readers tired of cookie-cutter stories will find some surprise twists here.

    - Kirkus Reviews