Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 454

Source: Penguin Teen Canada / E-ARC

Released: July 6, 2021

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Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but 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.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she 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, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in 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 her. –Goodreads

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The Queen Will Betray You (Kingdoms of Sand & Sky, #2) by Sarah Henning

Author: Sarah Henning

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 352

Source: NetGalley / Tor Teen

Released: July 6, 2021

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Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The breathtaking sequel to The Princess Will Save You in the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky duology — a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess Bride

To stay together forever, Princess Amarande and her stableboy love, Luca, must part: Amarande to reclaim her kingdom from usurpers, and Luca to raise a rebellion and find his destiny. Arrayed against them are all the players in the game of thrones for control over the continent of The Sand and Sky. Facing unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds, their only hope is the power of true love… –Goodreads

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