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Descendant of the Crane: 12/16/19
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He is a fantasy legal drama set in China inspired realm. Princess Hesina of Yan suddenly finds herself the queen after her father is murdered. In an effort to find the murderer, she employs a soothsayer, an outlawed profession. The vision she's sold puts her in the path of a lawyer who also happens to a prisoner.
There are parts of this novel that are high fantasy full of lofty world building and parts that seem more dystopian and finally parts that frankly remind me of Perry Mason. It sounds like a weird jumble, but it works.
In terms of the overall tone and complexity, Descendant of the Crane would be a good follow-up for anyone who has enjoyed Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger or the political machinations of We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.
He's next novel is The Ones We're Meant to Find and is slated for 2021.