Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim, a Book Review & Aesthetic

A magical story about a Chinese princess and her undying love for her brothers

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Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

After losing control and using forbidden magic, Princess Shiori and her brothers have been banished and cursed by her stepmother. Together they must try to end the curse and save their kingdom from their stepmother.

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Book Review

Dreamy, action-packed, magical, fast paced, exciting, beautiful

Six Crimson Cranes has been on my radar for quite a long time. I read Spin the Dawn a long time ago, and fell in love with Elizabeth Lim’s writing. She has this way of writing that makes an entire novel feel like you’re floating through a fairytale. Even though the story is more detailed than a fairytale, it moves along so quickly, easily and naturally that it maintains that dreamy magical mood the entire time. It’s such a delight to read any of her books and Six Crimson Cranes was no exception.

Shiori is the youngest sister of six brothers, the only princess of Kiata, and has forbidden magic running through her veins. One day she accidentally loses control of her magic and her stepmother, who harbors a dark magic of her own, curses and banishes her and her brothers. With a curse that prevents her from speaking, she must try to save her brothers and her kingdom from her stepmother.

The absolute best thing about this book for me was the writing. I adore how Elizabeth Lim writes. She weaves together stories, magic, and fairytales so well that it feels like you have fallen into a fairytale yourself. It adds a spark of magic to the prose to go along with her beautiful stories of about magic. She uses magical elements that always have an epic and mysterious connotation, so the magic always feels so much larger than life. It’s just so fun! I mean how beautiful is it to weave a net out of starstroke, a plant forged by the gods with strands of fate and the blood of stars?

I also really loved the focus on family in this book. It was really sweet the bond that Shiori and her brothers had. Despite any problems or sibling rivalries they may have had in the past, they adore each other and do whatever they can to protect each other. They trust each other, even when they are apart. It’s just such a sweet bond, I’m so glad to read it! I even enjoyed the relationship between Shiori, her brothers and their step-mother. The complex family dynamics that we got to see in this were just wonderful!

Last but not least, I absolutely adored Kiki. She was hands down my favorite character. I loved the sweet magic that brought her to life not only to Shiori, but to the reader. Kiki is a magical paper crane companion to Shiori throughout the whole book. She is her number one confidant and best friend. Where Shiori goes, Kiki goes. I adore stories where the main character has an adorable companion like this. It made me so happy! Although now I’m wishing I had a companion like Kiki!

Six Crimson Cranes is another delight from Elizabeth Lim. Her writing is so beautiful that she makes you feel like you’re inside a fairytale. They are easy to read and fast paced, told like a folktale would be. Her stories are a delight to read and this is no exception, Six Crimson Cranes is lovely.

Book Aesthetic

Aesthetic board / mood board inspired by Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Elizabeth Lim, author of Spin the Dawn and Six Crimson Cranes

Elizabeth Lim

Elizabeth Lim is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology (Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk), the New York Times bestseller So This is Loveand the USA Today bestseller Reflection. Forthcoming books include the Six Crimson Cranes duology, expected summer 2021 and summer 2022, respectively. 

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  1. This is my most anticipated book and I can’t wait to get this. I enjoyed both books in blood of stars duology. Great review!

    1. Oooo! That’s incredible! I really loved this one, you’re going to love it too! Spin the Dawn was so fun, but I have yet to get to book 2! 😭

  2. I haven’t read any of her books but I know of both of these! I really want to read Spin the Dawn and her Mulan retelling Disney book Reflection. Great review!

    1. Ooooh, YES! I want to read Reflection too! I always see it. Elizabeth Lim really is wonderful! Thank you💕💕

  3. oh wow I don’t typically read fantasy novels but this sounds so good!

    1. Thanks Saima! It feels more fairytale than fantasy, Elizabeth Lim’s writing is magical! 🥰

  4. This book looks super awesome (and that gorgeous cover does nothing to spoil it, I must say) and I just realised this book literally gets released today! Iovely review, Amanda!

    1. Oh my gosh, I know. The cover is STUNNING. I keep staring at it 😅 Thanks Jan! 💕

  5. I’ve been meaning to read this ever since I came across it! I’m so glad you had such a good time reading this! Can’t wait to get to it myself!

    1. YES! It’s so pretty the beautiful cover feels like the story it’s all lovely! I hope you love it when you get to it 💕

  6. fairytales are some of my favorite things ever, so i’m so excited to hear that this reads like one! great review (i love the aesthetic as well!)💜

    1. Aaah, me too Kaya! They’re so lovely! This one definitely feels like one, and so does Spin the Dawn! You’ll definitely like Elizabeth Lim 💕

  7. I am so excited for this book ! Great review Amanda. So glad you enjoyed this one

  8. ahh this book sounds so good! I recently realised that it’s in the same universe as the blood of stars series (I think?) because in book 2 they talk about Shiori and her brothers a bit. anyways great review!!!

    1. YES IT IS IN THE SAME UNIVERSE! It made me want to go right back and read Spin the Dawn 😅

  9. I already preordered this one! I can’t wait to read it!

    1. Oh how exciting! Can’t wait to see how you like it! 💕

  10. So glad you enjoyed this one! I’m planning to read this next week and I’m even more excited to pick it up now. Great review!

    1. Oooh, how exciting! I hope you love it (and Kiki) as much as I did! 😄

  11. Great review!! I can’t wait to get round to reading this one, especially for Kiki!!

    1. Thank you! Aaah yes Kiki was just soo cute! I hope you love it 💕

  12. OMG! You have me SO excited to read this book, Amanda! It’s on my list for this month and I’m pumped. I’m already loving all the family dynamics you’ve described. Also, ahhh! That mood board! Love it!

    1. Omg Nick!! I hope you love it, I can’t wait to see what you think!!! Thank you so much!! 💕💕

  13. Wonderful review Amanda, I haven’t read any of Elizabeth’s books yet, but they all sound like such awesome YA fantasy reads. Looking forward to reading Six Crimson Cranes! 💕

    1. Thank you so much!! They’re so fun, definitely perfect for a fun light fantasy read. 💕

  14. Wonderful review! I’m even more excited to read this book now!

    1. Eeeep, i hope you love it! I can’t wait to see what you think 💕

  15. gauri @ a book and chai

    OMG i’m even more excited to dive into my arc now!! the moodboard is lovely as always Amanda 💘

  16. omg im in love with this review!!🥺💖 ive been sooo excited to read SCC ever since she announced that it was in the same world as Spin the Dawn ahhh im glad you enjoyed this Amanda!!

    1. Aaaaah YES Lia I can’t wait to see what you think. It was so fun and had the same fun magical vibes of Spin the Dawn, you’ll love it!! 🥰💕 Thank you so much 😭🥰

  17. Ooh great review! I’ve been meaning to read Spin the Dawn but I may read this one first!

    1. Thank you so much!!! They’re both soo cute! They also take place in the same universe, so it will be fun to read them both when you get the chance 💕

  18. Wow, that cover is just gorgeous! And I love stories with immersive fairy tale atmospheres, even more so when there’s strong family dynamics. I will definitely keep my eye out for Six Crimson Cranes!

    1. Aaaah YES it definitely has that! If you’re really interested, Elizabeth Lim has a pre-order campaign going for it so you can also get some free stuff if you want 😍

      1. Oh, thanks! I’ll look into it.

  19. amanda!! i’m almost done reading this right now, and i’m completely loving it!! so glad you did too!! lovely review <3

    1. OMG REALLY? Why is our reading so synced (are you telling me you’re lowkey avoiding our BR? hahahahah)

      1. AHH OMG NO THIS WAS JUST FOR A BLOG TOUR; AND I FINISHED TODAY (loved it so so much), so i’m properly starting iron widow now hahaha ❤️

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