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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.

Title : The Dragon’s Promise
Author : Elizabeth Lim
Series : Six Crimson Cranesw #2
Format : eARC
Page Count : 497
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Hodder Books
Release Date : August 30, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 3 star review

Separations and reunions
Star-crossed connection
Paper enchantments

I’m somewhat conflicted over this sequel to Six Crimson Cranes. I really enjoyed book one, the plot, the characters and just the magical elements of this world are mostly enchanting. Book two brought separation for some characters and I just didn’t enjoy the dragon world, not did I enjoy the demon storyline.

What I do love about this book is Shiori, Takken, Kiki and the brothers. Those elements kept me invested and reading on. I really appreciated the reflections Shiori had about her step mother and the connection I saw with her father. Sense of family is strong in this book.

I wanted the kind of tempo I felt in book one and while this was a rather pacey read, it was ultimately satisfying and it did tug on my heartstrings later on. So overall, I do think this is a duology worth reading but it does suffer from second book syndrome in my humble opinion.

Thank you to Hodderscape for the review copy.


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