Happy Saturday lovelies – Today I’m giving a review for one of my most anticipated releases of 2022 and it did not disappoint!
A dragon’s kingdom. A star-crossed love. And a cursed pearl with the power to mend the world, or break it . . .
Shiori’s quest continues in the soaring sequel to the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy Six Crimson Cranes.
Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
She must journey to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, fend off thieves who covet the pearl for themselves and will go to any lengths to get it, all the while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to dissuade those who would see her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood.
The pearl itself is no ordinary cargo; it thrums with malevolent power, jumping to Shiori’s aid one minute, and betraying her the next – threatening to shatter her family and sever the thread of fate that binds her to her true love. It will take every ounce of strength Shiori can muster to defend the life and the love she’s fought so hard to win.
The Dragon’s Promise begins right where Six Crimson Cranes ended and it starts with a bang! Shiori is on her way to the Kingdom of Dragons having told Seyru she intends to give the pearl to his grandfather the King of Dragons. Shiori has no intention of giving the pearl to the dragons and instead is following the deathbed promise she made to her stepmother – to return the pearl to the wraith.
The following months take her to places she had never dreamed of travelling and we are introduced to many new characters – my favourite of which was Gen although Kiki is 100% the best side character in the duology. The worldbuilding is fabulous and it feels like the book is split into sections, each taking place in a different area (no spoilers!). I loved how we learnt more about Raikama and how she came to be in possession of the pearl. I also felt like Shiori’s relationships with her brothers were further explored and each developed a distinct personality. Shiori and Takkan’s relationship also matured and developed and it was really lovely to see them grow together.
The last quarter of The Dragon’s Promise was unputdownable – I won’t lie I did tear up at the ending. It really finished out the duology nicely and I loved the twist. In my opinion this was my favourite of the books, the fight scenes were epic, Shiori really grew as a person and I loved all the different aspects of East Asian folklore and legend featured in the book.
Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder & Stoughton and of course Elizabeth Lim for my arc of this book – all thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.