If there’s one YA fantasy author whose work you’ll want to speed right through, it’s Elizabeth Lim. Her bestselling young adult fantasy novels—Spin the Dawn, Unravel the Dusk, and Six Crimson Cranes—combine all your favorite fantasy elements (including forbidden romance, epic quests, magic, enchantment, and curses galore) with fresh storytelling, lyrical writing, and unforgettable characters. The themes of both familial and romantic love, fighting and reaching for what you want, independence, and overcoming the odds to achieve the impossible run through all of Elizabeth’s YA fantasy novels.
The Blood of Stars duology is steeped in Chinese culture and features a main character willing to risk everything for the ones she loves—even when the stakes are higher than ever and her own body, mind, and magic are turning against her. Six Crimson Cranes, which is inspired by East Asian folklore as well as Western fairy tales, features a cursed princess and explores what one girl will do to save her kingdom when everything is taken from her, including her voice.
Elizabeth Lim has been a storyteller since age ten and is a professional film and video game composer. In addition to graduating from Harvard College and the Juilliard School and having a doctorate in music composition, she’s the acclaimed and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of some of your sure-to-be favorite fantasy young adult books. Elizabeth grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California and in Tokyo, Japan, and now lives in New York City with her family.
Read more about your favorite Elizabeth Lim YA books below, but know that whichever one you pick to start, you’re in for a treat. As you work your way through our ultimate Elizabeth Lim reading list on your way to becoming her number one fan, you can visit Elizabeth online at elizabethlim.com, on TikTok at @elizabethlimwriter, or on Instagram at @elimpix.
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