Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs in her veins. And 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, and 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. 

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

Number of Pages: 464 Pages 

Date of Publication: 08/07/2021


The author if this book is Elizabeth Lim. The book was published by Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 4.5/5


I find the retelling of classic stories, legends and myths fascinating and Six Crimson Cranes was delightful. A magical story with a princess in exile, Six enchanted Cranes and an unspeakable curse.

This book truly transports you to a world of shapeshifting dragons, flying paper birds (this character was one of my favourites) and magic.

I loved every single character in the story but the one that truly fascinated me was Shiori the princess who begins the story as a spoiled little girl that does what she wants and who throughout the story showed great character development by learning from her mistakes and maturing. Some of the twists in the story were a bit predictable, others not so much. It was such an intriguing story and it totally captured my attention.

Although this is certainly a ‘fantasy’ novel it feels more like a fairy tale setting than full on complex fantasy world which is perfect for young adult readers.

Elizabeth Lim perfectly describes every character’s personality and the details of the characters and their surroundings. The writing is gorgeous and engaging and I found myself devouring every word. I really can’t wait to read the sequel.

This book came in my fairy Loot box last July and I LOVED the special signed edition with beautiful sprayed edges and the author’s letter that came with it. A beautiful book inside and outside.

Availability: The book is available in all good bookshops

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