Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: Descendant of the Crane
Author: Joan He
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
“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.
Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?
In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.
Why am I excited?
There have been so many amazing Asian-inspired YA fantasy books releasing lately and I can’t wait to see where this one goes! It’s got all the things I love: forbidden magic, murder, betrayal, possible romance, suspense. I can’t wait to see how Chinese culture is woven into the story. After reading Girls of Paper and Fire and Shadow of the Fox, I definitely need to read this! Also, the cover is breathtaking and I can’t wait to see what it looks like in person!
Is this book on your TBR? Have you read any great Asian-inspired books recently? let me know in the comments!