Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 08/07/2021
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Six Crimson Cranes
A lovely retelling
I have had this book on my radar since the end of last year, and I was so glad to be approved for an eARC of it. The story is based on the fairy tale of th... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
A breath-taking cover for a breath-taking book!
I fell head over heels in LOVE with this world and this story.I originally wanted to read this book for a few reasons.First of all, a magical world with ro... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
A fresh spin on a classic.
The only princess of Kiata, Shiori’anma has a secret that should never be known even to those closest to her. Magic which is most forbidden runs deep withi... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
Six Crimson Cranes
Beautiful and Complex
A beautifully written retelling of the Six Swans fairytale. Lim crafts stunning characters that never cease to surprise you as you read the narrative. Wi... READ MORE
Beth at Andover


A princess in exile. Six enchanted cranes. An unspeakable curse. A beautiful and immersive YA fantasy retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Six Swans fairytale, set in an East-Asian inspired world, by the author of Spin the Dawn. Shiori'anma, 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. 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, as well as 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.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529356557
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 693g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 44 mm

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Six Crimson Cranes
Enchanting YA tale
I’ve read previous books by Elizabeth Lim, I liked them, but they didn’t leave me with a wish of wanting to read more. With this book, it somehow found tha... READ MORE
Margrieta Mikelane
Six Crimson Cranes
This is an incredible book and one of my favourite reads this year!
Six Crimson Cranes is an Asian inspired Fantasy based on one of my all-time favourite tales The Six Swans. I first encountered The Six Swans when reading ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Great, easy read with fairytale vibes
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Confession: when I started reading this... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Enchanting YA Fantasy
I was a little nervous about this after reading the blood of stars duology - I liked the first book but not the second. However, this story gripped me from... READ MORE
Lara Olafisoye
Six Crimson Cranes
Beautiful Six Swans reimagining
A beautiful reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale 'The Six Swans', set in an exquisitely rendered East Asia-inspired fantasy world. Intrigu... READ MORE
Carolyn Percy
Six Crimson Cranes
I adored this book
As expected, I adored this book. First of all, can we take a moment and just openly fawn over this gorgeous cover? I may have had to wait two months for it... READ MORE
Sarah Rajkumar-Maharaj
Six Crimson Cranes
A beautiful story filled with evocative language
Six Crimson Cranes is “a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Wild Swans’ (a translation is available here) blended with East Asian folktale and l... READ MORE
Heather @justgeekingby
Six Crimson Cranes
Not for me
Sadly, I disagree with the other reviewers. I found this book tedious and written in an almost childlike manner. It started ok but quickly became almost a ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
A Magical Retelling of The Wild Swans!
Sometimes you start a novel and know immediately that you are going to absolutely love and devour it – Six Crimson Cranes was one of those books! It comple... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
An engrossing and magical retelling with lovable characters (and dragons!)
(4.95/5) One of my favourite reads of 2021! This is one of those special books where even just the memory of reading it makes me smile, because I had such ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Beautiful and magical
Wow, what a book! A beautiful, magical story that kept me engrossed the entire time, with my attention never wavering. The world-building was stunning, th... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
4.5 stars!
This was a really fun journey, and I’m excited to see where this story goes next—as I have definitely realized this isn’t the end of Shiori’s story! This ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
A magical fantasy story that is now one of my favourites!
Six Crimson Cranes is a magical story from start to finish. The execution was perfect from the moment we meet Shiori to the very last page. Lim has built a... READ MORE
Sam - Falling Books
Six Crimson Cranes
My favourite fantasy so far this year!
*Thank you NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for sending me an ARC in return for an honest review* A beautiful, gripping, immersive retelling of The Grim... READ MORE
Jessica Platt
Six Crimson Cranes
Seven is a number of strength
I picked up Elizabeth Lim’s Six Crimson Cranes simply because it was billed as a “fantasy retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Six Swans fairytale, set in ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Beautifully written The Six Swans retelling and like Elizabeth Lim’s Blood of Stars Duology—it’s captivatingly spellbinding!
“A princess in exile. Six enchanted cranes. An unspeakable curse.” After losing control of the forbidden magic she has always kept hidden and inadvertent... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Gripping and Magical
A beautifully written retelling, Six Crimson Cranes is the story of seventh child (and only daughter) Shiori, blessed with Forbidden magic. After discover... READ MORE
Liv Burrell
Six Crimson Cranes
A mesmerising fairytale
Elizabeth Lim has crafted yet another excellent fairytale with “Six Crimson Cranes”. We follow Shiori, the princess of Kiata, who accidentally loses cont... READ MORE
Evelien Jon
Six Crimson Cranes
A Charismatic Beauty
" "We all have our secrets. One day, Shiori, you'll have your own." Magic. Magic was my secret. What was hers?" Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers f... READ MORE
Katy Gower
Six Crimson Cranes
stunning East-Asian inspired fairytale
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I've heard amazing things about Lim's writing, despite never ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Beautiful storytelling
Thank you Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. For the first few chapters, I thought I would struggle with this... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Lim has captured my fairytale heart again
What can I say other than wow! Elizabeth Lim has outdone herself with this beautiful and truly encapturing tale of love, magic, curses, and secrets set in ... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
Six Crimson Cranes
A great retelling of a favourite fairy tale!
I love the various fairy stories written around the type "brothers turn into birds": the Six Swans, the Seven Ravens, The Wild Swans etc. and so I gravitat... READ MORE
J O'Brien
Six Crimson Cranes
Magically Gripping
I loved this book and can't wait to get my hands on book two. I went into this after only seeing the cover and knowing it was a bit of 'swan princess' rete... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Engaging retelling of a fairy tale and folklore
My thanks to Hodder and Stoughton and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Six Crimson Cranes is a retelling of the Wild Swans fairy tale but set in ... READ MORE
Mallika Ramachandran
Six Crimson Cranes
Hooked from the start!
Oh my goodness, I could not put this book down...I had buddy reads to keep up with and a long overlooked TBR pile, but none of that mattered because I was ... READ MORE
Narah Quinn
Six Crimson Cranes
A beautiful fairytale
Six Crimson Cranes is a beautiful fairytale, that sometimes rushed ahead a bit. In Six Crimson Cranes we meet princess Shiori. She gets cursed by her step... READ MORE
The Bookish Historian
Six Crimson Cranes
Like all the best retellings from your childhood
The story is based on The Wild Swans fairytale although I imagine there are similar stories in other places too, this one is decidedly Asian but not enough... READ MORE
Anna Slevin
Six Crimson Cranes
Weaving magic into her words
Oh wow, now this was absolutely fantastic. I was already incredibly excited for this book, due to the stunning cover and having heard so much about Elizabe... READ MORE
Amy Portsmouth
Six Crimson Cranes
A Stunning Imaginative Fairy Tale
Elizabeth Lim is officially on my radar. This book was stunning and genuinely felt like a modern-day story tale. What I wouldn't give to have this animated... READ MORE
Grace A M
Six Crimson Cranes
A really solid retelling!
I enjoyed this so much! I've always had quite a few issue with the fairytale that this is based on, so I was a little trepidatious at first, but Elizabeth ... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Absolutely Amazing
I first saw this book on TikTok and bought it just because of the cover but, I was shocked when I started reading it. If you want an easy read that incorpo... READ MORE
Maryam Owoola
Six Crimson Cranes
Incredible Fantasy Story
Thanks to NetGalley & Hodder & Stoughton for my ARC. I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. All the stars. 10/10. One of my fav books ever. I was already complete... READ MORE
L Wyatt
Six Crimson Cranes
Stunning Fantasy Fiction
God, I loved this. It was so beautiful and enchanting. Shiori makes for such an endearing protagonist who we meet as a mischievous and rebellious young p... READ MORE
Laura Fenwick
Six Crimson Cranes
A beautiful fairy tale retelling.
This is an utterly beautiful retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's 'Wild Swan' fairy tale, relocated to a fantasy Asian inspired country. I loved this boo... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock
Six Crimson Cranes
A beautiful retelling ~ but a simple one
To me, it is written as if it were for a younger reading group. The text is huge and written in a manner as if it had to be comprehensible to children just... READ MORE
Amy :)
Six Crimson Cranes
Family, Dragons & Curses
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 betrotha... READ MORE
Ioana Frunza-Pantiru
Six Crimson Cranes
Gorgeous Book, Inside And Out
I'll start by saying what a delightful, evocative cover this book has, regardless of whether it's the hardback or paperback editions, it's beautiful! The p... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Rereading a Favorite
Synopsis: Magic is forbidden in the kingdom of Kiata, but Emperor Hanriyu’s only daughter Princess Shiori’anma possesses such power. Shiori keeps her secre... READ MORE
Lauren Stewart
Six Crimson Cranes
Perfect for fans of Raya and the Last Dragon
Six Crimson Cranes is a full bodied tale with an enchanting mystery, lovable characters, multiple antagonists and truly wonderful world building. I was com... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Spellbinding fairytale retelling
I enjoyed, but wasn't a huge fan of Elizabeth Lim's previous work 'Spin the Dawn', so I had somewhat tempered expectations for 'Six Crimson Cranes'. Howeve... READ MORE
Bella Walker
Six Crimson Cranes
Granddaughter’s delight
My nine year old granddaughter loved this book.
Six Crimson Cranes
Thrilling and captivating read
This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions, I loved the fantasy aspects and the main characters were really easy to relate to and sympathise for. The... READ MORE
Bryana Williams
Six Crimson Cranes
Beautiful retelling of 'The Wild Swans'
This is an utterly beautiful retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's 'Wild Swan' fairy tale, relocated to a fantasy Asian inspired country. I loved this boo... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock
Six Crimson Cranes
A beautifully written fairytale-style fantasy story
This book was so compelling and engaging that I forgot to take notes for this review while I was reading. Six Crimson Cranes is a beautifully written fair... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
The MOST beautiful read of 2022
This was just the most beautiful read, my favourite of the year so far. I can not wait for the release of the Dragons Promise for the conclusion to this be... READ MORE
Six Crimson Cranes
Loved every moment…
Absolutely besotted with this whimsical YA fantasy. The moment I started reading, l felt Disney fairytale vibes. I was completely enchanted and loved eve... READ MORE