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Summary

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 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.  

©2021 Elizabeth Lim (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"A dazzling fairy tale full of breathtaking storytelling." (Stephanie Garber, Sunday Times best-selling author of Caraval)

"An unputdownable, sweeping fairytale that thrills as much as it delights." (Kerri Maniscalco, number one New York Times best-selling author of Kingdom of the Wicked)

"This book is magic!" (Kristin Cashore, New York Times best-selling author of Graceling)

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Lovely ideas but too many of them

Some beautiful elements but this could have really benefitted from serious editing. There were too many elements to the story which felt crammed in and were not dealt with properly, and the sense of time frequently became unclear, as did the descriptions of the communication between characters. Too many tropes were crammed in which distracted rather than creating texture, and made it feel at points more like an unfocused rehash of several fairytales than a true adaptation which was a shame. Great characters, setting and central storyline though, this really could have been wonderful if slimmed down but instead it was just okay.

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Beautiful!

This was my first audiobook and Wow did I make the perfect choice.
I was worried that I would not be able to immerse myself in the story without reading it myself but this book was so captivating and the Narrator did a beautiful job.

I love fantasy and fairytales so this book perfectly ticked those boxes.

This book was so enchanting, from the gorgeous world building, strong characters, and plot twist I just loved this story.

Shiori starts off as a spoiled princess and grows into a strong young woman. I loved that the characters were real people with real flaws.

This was so easy to listen to, I had planned to listen on my drive to work but I found myself listening to it on breaks and at home as I needed to hear more.

Now I just have to wait for the second instalment 😧

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Spirited away vibes (uh, kinda but not really)

The writing was 10/10 , and of course i was going to pick this up anyway ; A retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales? Yes pleasee.
My main criticism is that there was too much happening, and there wasn't an attempt to develop it past a surface level. The ending in particular felt very messy and underdeveloped. ( A favorite retelling of this fairy tale is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, and that has one of my favorite endings so I couldn't help but compare the two)

I am really glad they established the love interest fairly on, ( love triangle is there but it's buried, deep down in the ocean) and I am happy who she ends up with ( Takkan is perfect, maybe too perfect) but dammit I really wanted the dragon stuff to go somewhere. It reminded me of Haku from spirited away, but alas it was not meant to be. I know the next book its going to explore that pairing so we may still get something.

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beautiful

alot happening, but I really enjoyed it, her character development really good, I'm looking forward to the next one!!!!!!

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Amazing book!

This listen was amazing! I enjoyed every second of it. I can't wait for the next book to come

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Fantastic retelling of my favourite fairytale!

One of the best romance subplots ever, villains could have been better, practically perfect retelling.

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Hooked!!!!

Once stuck in, I never wanted it to stop! I also assumed it was a stand alone so now I cannot wait for sequeal!!!

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Fantastic and lovely

it loved it. by the middle of the book i could not stop myself from finish it, such a good listen. and Emily Woo Does such a good job as the story reader. .

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love it

absolutely loved it, I would happily read it again have the book aswell I got so invested in the story and I have recommended this book to so many people