On February 16, Elizabeth Lim revealed the cover to The Dragon’s Promise, the conclusion to her NYT Bestselling 2021 novel Six Crimson Cranes through Twitter.
In this reimagining of the Wild Swans fairytale, Six Crimson Cranes follows an exiled princess named Shiori who must unweave the curse that turned her brothers into cranes.
However, unable to speak of the curse to anyone even as she’s soon assisted by a dragon, a paper bird and the boy she tried not to marry.
In her tweet, Lim reveals Shiori’s adventure will continue, in addition for readers to be ready for more “dragons and magic and adventure…” Lim also linked to a pre-order campaign where readers can get an exclusive prize pack.
Six Crimson Cranes has also garnered quite a following on Booktok, with over 14 million views. Recently, the UK cover was also revealed on February 23.
Cover artist is Tran Nguyen, Alix Northup is the letterer and Alison Impey is the designer.
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but 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.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she 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, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in 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 her.
The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth is set to be released August 30, 2022!