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Crane (Five Ancestors #4)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  1,425 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Drugged. Wounded. A price on her head. And that’s the good news.

Herself. For years, Hok has hidden her true identity from her brothers at Cangzhen. Now, at last, she can be herself. And yet, who is she? Calm and thoughtful, Hok is a crane-style kung fu master carefully attuned to others, but she has never spent much time looking inward. After barely surviving the destructi
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Apr 03, 2008 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I guess I should comment on this series, as I have just blustered through the four currently available books in this seven book series: It's not really deep, but it is very engaging. And there are many twists that develop as the series moves along, which is, perhaps, why _Crane_ (number four) receives higher marks than the others.

Details regarding the actual movements of martial arts are quite good (although for me, a bit much---I just want to know what else is going to happen), and quite
Jul 09, 2008 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume was probably my favorite of the five so far. It also prompted more conversation from my friend and I. We talked for hours, and predicted so many different theories for this book and the next.
Anna Francesca
This is another book in the five ancestors series that has interesting plot development but which doesn't stand alone. (If I could, I would give it 3 1/2 stars, but this site doesn't allow for halves). The end clearly is an opening to the next book in the series as the fates of most of the main characters are up in the air. This is an active book with an intelligent female protagonist. However, some parts of the story were so dark and violent that it took me longer to get through this one than t ...more
Nov 08, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
This is definetly the best of the whole series so far. They get better as they go along!The best thing is now I know a bunch of Cantonese!!

LaoShu: Rat
Seh: Snake
Long: Dragon
Cheen: Deep
Sum: Shallow
PawPaw: Grandmother
Malao: Monkey
Fu: Tiger
Hok: Tiger
HaMo: Toad
AnGangseh: Cobra
Hung: Bear
Sau: Vengeful
Ying: Eagle
OnYeen: Peaceful
GongJee: Princess
San: Mountain
Tsung: Monk
Gao: Dog
Mong: Python
Xie: Scorpion
Bing: Ice
Tonglong: Mantis
NGung: Centipede

That was all from memory!
Nov 30, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome action adventure series for kids who love Kung Fu and martial arts. (Kids are defined as kids or adults who have a hard time remembering to act like me.) Fun and full of action, Crane is the best of the series so far.
Aug 15, 2009 Jeph rated it really liked it
Of all the books in the series, Crane seems to get inside the head of it's focal character the best. Each book tells the story from a different perspective of one of the main characters, and Hok, the young female Crane stylist tells the story the best. Crane introduces Cheung, the Leopard stylist, Bing, Hok's mother and Charles, a foreign boy who is a crack-shot with pistols.

Hok's outsider perspective, being forced to live as a man adds a nice touch to the ever-present charms of the series and
Angel Cortes
the book is about a little girl name hok. she was a little girl at the beginning of her life. but then she had to be changed just like china. china was taking her mom away and her mom had to turn her daughter into a boy so that she could practice marcial arts. but the temple was only for boys and the master accepted her only because he showed sympathy for her. but soon after that she was very good at marcial rts and she left the temple and left to find her mother. but she was stoped in the middl ...more
Mar 28, 2010 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was pretty good i liked the fact that each book adds to the plot but showing it from a different POV
Jul 12, 2010 Parker rated it really liked it
I liked this book and and the other books before in the series. It's exiting and I finished it in two nights! I found it interesting Hok was a girl all this time and the only brother that knew as Seh.
Nov 15, 2010 Colin rated it really liked it
another book in the series that doestn seem like it can get any better. However this book is full of more suspence and much less action for example for those math lovers out there

Suspence and drama > Action and fights :) isnt math fun?
Nov 26, 2010 Dylan rated it it was amazing
Drugged and can't remember a thing is the way this book starts out. It did not make sense at first but when I kept reading everyting Hok was doing made more sense. In this book she encounters new friends and more or less new enemies. She is reunited with her brothers and find her long lost brother Long. Marlo and Fu are okay but Seh is blind. The other four books fit togehter with this one. This book is alot like the movie Kung Fu Panda.
Anthony Lin
Nov 23, 2010 Anthony Lin rated it liked it
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Jan 21, 2011 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was an amazing book! It revealed all about Hok's past and her realtionships to her mother. She apparently has a good family. She is a logical person and has two people crushing on her. I recommend this book if you're into kung-fu and a girl.
Apr 23, 2011 VeeDawn rated it really liked it
This is a kids series, but I am really enjoying it. This book was the best of all so far. Hok is a girl, this fact is a big surprise to most of the brothers, but she is an amazing fighter using her Crane style attack. She has some very intense battles and helps Ying (her brother responsible for destroying their temple home) escape from prison! Interesting plot development! She is a great character. One thing I was not happy about--Seh (Snake) is blinded in this book. I really like his character ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
Hok is my favourite character so far, maybe it's because I'm a girl or something but she's amazing and I wish I had her skills! She's so compassionate and so smart with herbs!
Oct 21, 2011 06ZachC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there are a lot of shockers in this book. Some great secrets come out and every thing is revealed. I thought that this book was the best one yet I guess that there could have been some better things in it but the whole book was great
Oct 26, 2011 07ChaseS rated it really liked it
I liked this book more than the other ones, i think it was because the book was longer. I liked how it kept going and going, but then it ended it stunk i loved the book so much. I really like this author because he always has something to bring to the table to make him better as an author. I like this book because of how it tells what hok did any pretty much only what hok did during the story he is a really good author like i said before i really like him i look forward to reading the later on b ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Tori rated it it was amazing
this book i would have to say was my favorit! i love the mistory and action i would recomed it to evry one!!! i loved it it keeps you wondering and yiou fell like you are part of the book it comes to life in your head!!
Dayna Smith
Feb 08, 2014 Dayna Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-series
The fourth installment in The Five Ancestors series follows the exploits of Hok, the crane. Hok, who has always had to pretend to be a boy, is enjoying her freedom to dress as a girl. She is briefly reunited with her brothers Fu, Malao, and Seh; but then Malao and Fu are captured by their enemies and Seh is injured. First Hok must help Seh and then they must find a way to rescue Fu and Malao. Can they succeed? Who are their friends? Who is the enemy? This wonderful adventure continues. Boys will ...more
Loved the Crane book 4 of Jeff Stones, The Five Ancestors trilogy.
In this lovely book we find out that Crane is actually a young women trying to find her lost brother's. Fu, Maloe and Seh but she reuintes with her Mother and younger sister along the way and finds new friends. She does come across Seh along the way and many twist and turns happens. More fightening and more secrets are in this book, it'll keep you guessing till the end.
Can't wait to read book 5.
Sara Balthazor
Jun 22, 2012 Sara Balthazor rated it liked it
I like the way these books build on each other, starting at different points in the story. However, there's a lot of amazing coincidence and I sort of feel like the voices aren't real - the 3yo in the beginning was extremely wise. The dialog is stilted. In a way, it adds to the mystery of the books. In a way, it hurts them.
Paula Howard
May 03, 2014 Paula Howard rated it it was amazing
Poor Hok. Life has been extremely hard for her, yes her, since the destruction of her Temple. Hok was admitted to the Temple to train as a boy as girls were not allowed. The Grandmaster was the only one who knew Hok's true identity. He allowed her presence as that was the only way to protect her life.

Hok means Crane. That was the Kung Fu in which she was trained. She was separated from her brothers, found some of them only to be separated again. Drugged with Dream Powder and finally escapes. She
Alexa Ayana
Aug 29, 2016 Alexa Ayana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexa Ayana by: Obed

"It is Jade. Some people believe the precious green stone absorbs pain. Wear it over your heart. That is where you will hurt most."

Crane diawali dengan momen apa yang dialami Hok (biksu master ilmu Bangau) di ending buku sebelumnya. Yang seru di sini, fakta mengejutkan tentang identitasnya yang tersembunyi selama ini akhirnya terungkap dan bagaimana Hok menerima dirinya apa adanya. Di sepanjang buku, kita akan mengikuti perjalanan panjang pelarian Hok sejak kuil Changzen mereka di serang utusan
Mingo Johnson
Nov 24, 2014 Mingo Johnson rated it it was amazing
Hok, a master of crane kung fu, is drugged by Tsung, master of leopard style kung fu. Charles, a boy of European descent, brings Hok to his home, and Hok and her mother reunite after years apart. Hok recovers from her wounds. Then she meet up with her brothers the monkey, the tiger and the snake at a dragon celebration. They are attacked by General Tong long and the capture the monkey. Will they others rescue there brother or will they become victims of more traps to come.
Lots going on in this book, the 4th in The Five Ancestors series. To be honest, there was probably a little too much that went on, making the story drift even further from any kind of clear center. I really have no idea any longer what our monks are trying to do, because they are continually being swept off course and then brought back together only to be swept away from one another again.

That said, I did enjoy this installment. I found Hok to be an interesting character. She was a nice blend be
Dec 24, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Hok has always needed to be more careful than her brothers---no one must know she is a girl. And not only a girl, but a girl with brown hair, whose color will betray her mixed blood. After the temple is destroyed, she finds an unexpected chance at new life. But the secrets that placed her at the temple as a child, the national intrigue that continues to broil, and the false accusations laid against her will make any kind of life difficult. . .

Hok's perspective is similar to Seh, in that she's m
Jeff Stone
Mar 31, 2015 Jeff Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Um, I wrote it. :-)
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Finally, we get to find out about Hok, who we learned in previous books was not a boy, but a girl. She never really appeared in the first three books, so I was excited to learn more about this mysterious monk. Once again, Jeff Stone has created another tale of mystery, intrigue, and kung fu way back in China's past. The Five Ancestors is probably my favorite series today and one of the best that I have read in a long, long time.

I love each one the monks that I have gotten to know and look forwar
Apr 11, 2016 Janell rated it really liked it
This series is fun to read and not too complicated. Plus, there are quite a few twists in each book, keeping you involved in the story and wanting to know more. However, this one seemed to have a few too many storylines going on; not bad, but it got a little confusing here and there. And like the previous 3 books, there was no resolution to the main storyline of the series so a definite cliff hanger. Although the books would probably appeal more to young boys, this installment was about Hok, the ...more
Shea Kaiba
Jul 27, 2016 Shea Kaiba rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is looking for a good read set in Asia
Shelves: favorites
THIS. WAS. AN. AMAZING. BOOK! It reminded me of Eon. Mainly because of the Chinese setting and the fact that Hok is masquerading as a boy. I really enjoyed all the attention to detail throughout the book.
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Jeff Stone is the author of the ALA and IRA award-winning Five Ancestors series with more than 600,000 copies sold in 14 languages. When that series concluded, he wanted to do something different than another tale set in seventeenth-century China. However, he was reluctant to completely let go of kung fu or the characters he had grown to love. So he created an opportunity to update them to his own ...more
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