About the BookIn New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He's debut novel, a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggles to do right in a world brimming with deception. This gorgeous, Chinese-inspired fantasy is packed with dizzying twists, complex characters, and intricate politics.
In New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He's debut novel, Descendant of the Crane, a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggles to do right in a world brimming with deception. This gorgeous, Chinese-inspired fantasy is packed with dizzying twists, complex characters, and intricate politics.TREASON For princess Hesina of Yan, the palace is her home, but her father is her world. He taught her how to defend against the corruption and excesses of the old kings, before revolutionaries purged them and their seers and established the dynasty anew. Before he died, he was supposed to teach her how to rule. TRIAL The imperial doctors say the king died a natural death, but Hesina has reason to believe he was murdered. She is determined to uncover the truth and bring the assassin to justice. TRUTH But in a broken system, ideals can kill. As the investigation quickly spins out of Hesina's control, she realizes that no one is innocent. Not the heroes in history, or the father she thought she knew. More blood will spill if she doesn't rein in the trial soon--her people's, her family's, and even her own.
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About the AuthorJoan He was born and raised in Philadelphia, and now lives in Chicago, IL. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find, Strike the Zither, and Descendant of the Crane, her young adult debut novel.