Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist Series #1)

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist Series #1)

by Renée Ahdieh


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ISBN-13: 9780147513878
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Series: Flame in the Mist Series , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 60,087
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

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Flame in the Mist 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book is definitely on my "top 10 favorite books" shelf! Where do I start without spoiling anything?! First off, I was going into blind; I had read Renée's books before, but I wasn't sure this would meet the expectations, but boy did it blow my away! In my own opinion, this book is better than The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. Yes, ladies and gentleman. It was that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book is definitely on my "top 10 favorite books" shelf! Where do I start without spoiling anything?! First off, I was going into blind; I had read Renée's books before, but I wasn't sure this would meet the expectations, but boy did it blow my away! In my own opinion, this book is better than The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. Yes, ladies and gentleman. It was that good.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Mirako is on her journey to become the bride in an arranged marriage to the younger son of her emperor when she and her company is attacked with everyone dying but her. On her own in the forest Mirako decides to investigate who had killed her retinue and ends up infiltrating their group. Of course, she can’t do this as a girl so she decides to disguise herself as a young boy and discovers the freedom a change in sex brings. Renee Ahdieh writes in a lyrical style that was totally appropriate to the time and story she was telling and rivaled the beauty of the covert art on her book. Her descriptions really gave the setting an otherworldly feel that matched an era that was royally majestic and colorful, which hid the squalor of its poor. Mirako as a girl was seen as strange and odd. While not unattractive, she was a girl who asked questions and showed intelligence in a time where girls were to be seen and not heard and femininity was prized above all else. Mirako as a boy was allowed to use her brain and in fact her intellect was rewarded. It’s no wonder that when she infiltrated the Black Clan the lines between right and wrong were blurred. She makes friends and yes, she finds love, but her duty to her family keeps clouding thoughts of what would bring her happiness. Would leaving honor and duty behind bring her joy? Those are the decisions she finds herself making in this book. This was a beautiful book to read and very easy to go all in emotionally. Who doesn’t want to root for a girl to be honored for her intellect, find true love and fight the bad guys? Right on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not wait for the second book.
Mel-Loves-Books 13 days ago
“There is such strength in being a woman. But it is a strength you must choose for yourself. No one cane choose it for you. We can bend the wind to our ear if we would only try.” Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh is simply a beautiful read. Renee Ahdieh is becoming one of my favorite authors. She writes such interesting and strong female heroins, and she does romance very well. This book was no exception to that. I loved the main characters and the twists and turns of the story. I would recommend this read to any fans of YA Fantasy and/or Romance. I give this book 4.5 stars.
Maja Vogrin 11 months ago
Well, that was quite the read. And to be honest, I don't usually read a lot of YA books with plots such as this one, but for some reason I did enjoy this book. Maybe it was the fantasy element, which to be honest surprised me as I at first did not think it could fit into this story. But in the end it was the perfect fit. It made the story more interesting and did explain some things that I was wondering about at the beginning of the story. And maybe it was the whole set up and the characters of the story that sold me on this book. I don't know but I am sure of one thing and that is to read the second book. This one does end on a cliffhanger and not a pretty one at that. Not giving away any spoilers but our main characters do make huge sacrifices, or so it at least seems, for the ones they love and wish to protect. I'm not sure what will happend in the second book but I'm curious to find out how the whole family drama will play out. As it is now, it's really intense. Not to mention what will happen on the throne. Royalty always has had many enemies around them and usually it's the closest to them that in the end bring them the most harm and heartbreak. Makes me glad we live in a world where those times, for the most part, are gone. Democracy definitely has it's good parts compared to royalty, at least in that aspect. No harem of women that are after your throat, not that the character in this book didn't deserve it, just saying... Anyway, as already said, I did like the story and would recommend it to others for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Flame in the Mist' offers a firsthand look into the strength that a woman can possess, even when raised with cultural barriers blocking her way. Mariko is intelligent and cunning, things that she is looked down upon for simply because she is female. After being attacked and nearly killed, she is forced to use her wits to survive. As she hides amongst those whom she sees as her enemies, she learns things about herself and her family that she never knew, and not all are pleasant. Her character is well written and a good role model for younger women. The question of morality is constantly present, whether it be her deception of being a boy to her other lies and thievery, she constantly wonders if she is doing the right thing, leaving the reader to wonder as well. This book is a strong case for gender equality, showing stereotypes along with those who accept that women and men can be equal. 'Flame in the Mist' is a good read for those who want to read about a strong female character who is still unsure about herself, yet who lives her life her own way.
mindofabookdragon More than 1 year ago
I really love Ahdieh as a writer. I will always read what she writes. Her first series The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger were riveting, and I loved her storytelling in that series. This book is unrelated to that one and can be read without knowing anything about her first duology. Something that prevents me from picking up books for such a long time is the amount of books that I want to read coming out at the same time. Literally there are too many that I’m anticipating that are released around the same time, and I can’t get to them all for a very long time. It makes me sad. ANYWAAYYYYY! I wish I had picked this book up sooner. The world building of feudal Japan, the characters, the plot; everything was heckin awesome. I was immersed into a world of intrigue and different plot lines intersecting. One thing I had a hard time with was keeping track of all of the different stories going on at the same time. Sometimes I would be reading about Okami, but I wouldn’t realize it until they said his name a few times, and even then I wasn’t 100% sure. I’m sure once we get Smoke in the Sun all of the strings will tie together and make more sense. This was a bit of a retelling of Mulan. If you didn’t know, Mulan is one of my all time favorite movies. One time I watched it instead of doing homework on a Thursday afternoon. (I got everything done eventually, don’t worry!) Ahdieh takes the basic ideas of the story and builds her own world out of them. I like that it was taken to Japan instead of staying in China. I like how Mariko fought for her freedom and chose to infiltrate the Black Clan to save herself. I like that the Black Clan was a rogue group instead of an army. There are a lot of recognizable themes with a different twist. Mariko was pretty awesome. There were times that I couldn’t stand her much, but I knew that she would get there eventually. She really comes to her own toward the end and I’m so excited to see where she goes in the second book!! The storytelling is rich and interesting. At first it was a little slow, but once I really got into it I finished it quickly. I highly recommend this book to someone looking for a different take on a classic story and a kick ass woman. Happy reading, Sophie
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
Renee Ahdieh has fast become one of my favourite young adult authors. Her ability to transport the reader to an entirely different place and time in history is masterful. Flame in the Mist is no exception. We are taken on a journey with Mariko through feudal Japan. As a girl and the daughter of an ambitious samurai, Marika's place is set for her. She will marry a royal son. Even before her convoy is attacked, the reader is aware of Marika's frustration with the lack of choice in her life. When she is given the gift of escaping the attack with her life, she seizes the opportunity to start a new life. But being raised with a samurai brother and father, Mariko's sense of honour run deeps. Instead of running away and claiming a life of her own, she using the opportunity to track the band of thieves who attack her and take revenge upon them. What follows is a tale filled with courage, magic, adventure, and romance. This is the start of a new series by Ahdieh. One I will be reading for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging read. Keeps you hooked on trying to find out answers. Well written, like the rest of her books, so far. I will differently be adding this Author to my list, to watch for any future books she releases.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this, it was just an untitled book by Renee Ahdieh. And then the cover happened, and I was worried that the content couldn't be anywhere as good as the cover. And then I was able to read and review it, and I'm worried that the next book won't be anywhere near the AWESOME THAT THIS BOOK HOLDS. Mariko is headed out to her betrothed when her and her entourage are ambushed. She narrowly escapes and runs into those she holds responsible. The Black Clan. Mariko sets out to exact justice on them dressed as a boy in peasant clothes. But as she gets to know more about them, it seems she gotten herself into more trouble than she bargained for. I LOVED Mariko. I wanted to add that as my review, but I didn't think that would be enough and wouldn't give you all a real look into the book lol But seriously, I loved her. She was super strong, resilient, and so smart. She was EVERYTHING a warrior was supposed to be. I also loved the other characters and loved uncovering all their secrets. And trust me, this story was covered with them. I also really loved how dark Ahdieh went for this one. There were actual war scenes and fighting and samurais and OMG. I mean her first series was dark too (I mean 1,001 nights lol) But this one just seemed MORE and I really liked that change from her. Then there was the plot. This is where my only complaint was. It felt kind of slow. I felt like it was a bit of a set up book (and when you get to the end, you will definitely understand why). But I chalked it up to being a duology, so it WAS a set up book in theory. But then there was the ending, and it made up for it. So much so, that I found myself still flipping pages trying to find the rest of the book because there just had to be MORE you know? (Also, I know I was in love with this book because normally I HATE cliffhangers, but this one was so twisted I LOVED it lol) I also loved the Japanese folklore that was found in this. Like the jubokko was super creepy, but I enjoyed learning about it so much I did further research on it. I wanted to find the folklore containing it and read more about it. In short, this book was everything I wanted and more and I can't wait to get the next book in my hands. At this point, Ahdieh is quickly turning into one of those authors that I will buy anything from, no matter what its about.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars The first thing I’ll say is that this book did not disappoint. There was a lot of hype over this book as well as many comparisons to MULAN, both of which had me excited but annoyingly doubtful. However Mariko being a clever and inventive Asian girl disguised as a boy who is trained to survive and fight is pretty much where the Mulan comparisons end. That being said, as much as I love MULAN, I really appreciate how this book stands completely on its own, as does its protagonist, Mariko. There are similarities to be sure, but truly they are two equally epic but distinctly different stories. FLAME IN THE MIST has tinges of magic, pulses of romance, huffs of action, a current of danger, and a breath of life. Absolutely riveting, the characters and the story itself come to life turning each page faster than the last as the stakes climb higher and the secrets grow heavier. Many hidden plots dance throughout, pulling strings where none can see, only to leave you wide-eyed and yearning for the truth after turning the final page. Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Enthralling and inventive, Flame in the Mist will grip you with its creativity, delight you with its humor, and hold you to the end, leaving you wanting more. I absolutely loved this book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I first chose to read it for review - I knew it was "making the rounds" as a new, popular YA Fantasy but I was hesitant to pick it up. Not for any other reason than that my TBR is rather insane and I had other books I was working through...but this cover drew me in. It tricked me, luring me to give in. So I did. I am SO glad I did! From the moment I began Flame in the Mist, I was hooked. Ahdieh's writing is lyrical and beautiful. Like a song played by a skilled musician, you can't help but sit and listen--or in this case, read. And read I did. I ran through pages and pages with ease because of the story as well as the skill of the story-weaver. I was intrigued by the characters. Mariko is such a beautiful, complex character who is at once strong and weak in the best ways. Strong so that we can view her as a she truly is, and weak so that we can see her shortcomings and where growth must happen. On a note about Mariko and women in general in Flame in the Mist, I really appreciated how Ahdieh represented women in this book. None of the girls were "looking for a hero to save them" (as some even stated) and the bent was definitely toward strong, female protagonists, but not for the sake of strength alone. It was about finding the beauty and strength in being a woman, not becoming like a man to find that strength (which is slightly ironic giving the plotline). Mariko's strength was in who she was as a person, not her gender, but her gender didn't mean she was weak either. I like that both men and women were portrayed as strong in this book, working alongside one another. I won't say more about characters at this point since I don't want to give away even the smallest of spoilers, but I will say the web of intricate characters Ahdieh weaves is beautiful and complex. The setting and magic depicted in the book was also delightful. If anything, I would have loved to know and see more of the magic. I did enjoy how it was woven into the plot, but sometimes it left me wanting more or an acknowledgment of its strange nature within context. The characters just seemed to accept it without question which, without being given a reason for this acceptance, seemed strange to me. Lastly, I am a little frustrated that I didn't realize this was a series. While the ending was not exactly a cliffhanger...it kind of was. It doesn't take away from the beauty of the story or writing, nor does it diminish my love for this book, but it does make me a little annoyed that I have to wait (probably a year) before I get book 2. *sigh* I highly recommend this to lovers of YA Fantasy (or Fantasy in general). I think you'll find it enjoyable as well as intriguing. *A final word* I have heard some say that the plot is a loose retelling of the elements of Mulan into Japanese culture and, personally, I'm really enjoyed having that thought in the back of my mind because, loving the story of Mulan as I do, it made me think of that story with fondness and be able to appreciate the skill and ingenuity that Ahdieh wove her own tale. It's not exact to Mulan's story, but there are things that are similar in a good, creative way. That said, I think the Flame in the Mist is completely its own story and diverges in all the right ways. A note to my clean re
Lissamdes More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. As a fan of Renee Ahdieh, this was one of my most anticipated books of the year. As always I adored her style of writing but I guess I was comparing this one to "The Wrath and the Dawn" duology, so the story left me a little deflated. The reason for this was mostly because the worldbuidling was less descriptive and overall, it more slower paced. I guess this book was based more on character development and was focused on setting up the plot as a whole. However, this does not mean that I didn't enjoy the novel. I just didn't as much as her previous work. With regards to the characters, I found the MC Mariko to be rather engaging at the beginning of the story but I didn't feel as though she developed much. She is quite an independent sort of girl who knows her own mind. I liked that she was trying to get out of the box that she had been put into. As a woman, she wanted to break ground in an area that would have actually been impossible to. However, as the story progressed, I found her to be a tad bit irritating as she constantly just focuses on herself and seems to get away with the most silliest of things. The romance, on the other hand, was more of a slow burn but I didn't really get the chemistry. Plus I felt like she used her position as a woman to manipulate things. It wasn't the epic kind of romance that I was looking for. It lacked the feels and emotions that I expected from a novel by this author. I did, however, like the aspect of friendship, honour and sibling relationship within the book. There was a lot of references to the culture, politics and such which was relevant and refreshing. I applaud the author for maintaining authenticity in this regard. I also loved how the story was set in feudal Japan. Well, since it is a loose Mulan retelling that would explain it. But it was still interesting to read the descriptions regarding that world and how the samurais lived. I also did like the fact that the book did have a smidge of magic thrown in but it's not in your face. You catch glimpses in it throughout the story. So, would I recommend reading this book? Yes, I would. But be prepared for something a little different than "The Wrath and the Dawn". That's one mistake which I made. I look forward to reading the sequel and seeing more character development. Maybe we'll also see more immersive worldbuilding because that's one element I missed out on a lot in this novel.
thelonereader More than 1 year ago
This book. It was perfect. I’ve been in a bit of a book slump lately because I am having a really hard time ripping myself away from watching kdramas. However, the first three-quarters of a book is pretty much a kdrama, and I am so thankful. In case any of you readers also happen to be kdrama viewers and have watched Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, I can confidently say that you will enjoy this. Alternatively, if you’ve read this but are looking for something with a similar vibe/feel/romance, check out Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. You can’t go wrong either way. Clearly we readers have high expectations after the author’s last series, but there were definitely times where I believed that I liked this one more than either of her last two books. I’d have to re-read them to know for sure, but let me just say that this is a dream of a book and I had the best time reading it. The pace was perfect, the writing was gorgeous, the backstory and plot were thrilling, and I enjoyed every moment. Instead of racing through the novel, I took my time reading it – this is rare, people. This book goes right into the story and introduces the characters right in the prologue, so there’s also no lag time getting into the plot. Flame in the Mist begins when the main character Mariko is being given away in marriage to the emperor’s son in order to give her family prestige. She, understandably, is not too happy about this, but goes along with her father’s plans anyways. However, on the way to the palace, her norimono is attacked. Everyone is killed, and Mariko only narrowly escapes. Determined to find out who was behind the attack instead of running back to her home where she’ll just be sent to the palace once more, she cuts her hair Mulan-style and disguises herself as a boy before setting out. There isn’t a single thing I disliked about this book. The romance was spot-on and pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. It’s always so fun watching the main guy and girl interact knowing that the person the guy thinks is a guy is actually a girl – it’s a romance trope sweet spot for me. Beyond that though, I love how Mariko grows into her own. She begins to figure out how she fits into life, and how to feel about the way she’s treated just because she’s a woman. She’s always hated it, but I feel like at a certain point in the novel, she actually embraces it and uses it to her advantage. Mariko is a feminist through and through, and thankfully, so is the love interest. The world-building is done really well without paragraphs of unnecessary sensory images, and honestly, I just really love the way Renée Ahdieh writes. I specifically noticed that when her characters are shocked, the way she writes that shock is literally how you think in your head – there’s the short sentences and the slight repetition, and I absolutely love it. Also, it really helps that there’s already repetition in the characters’ thoughts, so I don’t have to re-read the same sentence five times, which is what I usually do to deal with my own shock. This is a beautiful book, and the ending is ACOMAF-eque (similar to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas), so naturally, I am so excited for the next book. Kind of like I really need Moon Lovers to be renewed for another season. We shall see. - SIMILAR KDRAMAS YOU MIGHT ENJOY: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Moonlight Drawn by Clouds
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
Will Flame in the Mist be the best fantasy novel of 2017? For me, Flame in the Mist is the epitome of YA fantasy. It has all the elements that I look for in a book, and it executes on each of those elements so exquisitely. Getting to read an ARC copy of this book was truly an honor. Thank you to Penguin Teen for granting me an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! The first thing I have to say is just WOW! This is one of those book reviews that is difficult to write, because finding the words to adequately describe a book that is this well-written, beautifully-developed, and perfectly executed is a near impossible task. I loved everything about this story from the world-building, to the characters, to the magic, to the incredibly swoony romance. This book is everything I hoped it would be and so much more. The various settings in Flame in the Mist are told with such vivid detail, I felt like I was there inside the story. The details of the forest particularly captured my attention. It is haunting, captivating, and a lovely all at the same time. There is also a bit of magic to the forest that made me fall in love with it, in spite of (or maybe because of) its darkness and secrets. There are so many incredible characters in this book, and Ahdieh expertly handled the switching of POVs, and Mariko was an ideal protagonist for me. She is a strong female character, and by "strong" I mean that she is strong in spirit, mind, and heart. She is intelligent. Getting to watch her think through situations and finding effective solutions to those situations was fascinating. She has a wonderful character arc, and I adored her for her love and loyalty to both her friends and family in spite of the fact that they weren't all on the same side of the major conflict that runs throughout this book. Mariko is passionate, caring, smart, and everything that I look for in a main character. There is an incredible cast of characters surrounding Mariko, who I also fell in love with. They all have hidden depths and motivations and getting to see more and more of each their characters unfolding as the story progressed was just so much fun. I love books that include secret societies in their stories, and the Black Clan is a secret society that is captivating on so many levels. I can't say anything more about them without including spoilers, but I am certainly excited for this book to be out in the world so I can discuss them ad nauseum with my fellow voracious readers. From reading the description of this book, I expected to enjoy the plot, the characters, and the world. I did not see expect for there to be such an incredible and intense romance though, and that unexpected element of this story in combination with everything else that I loved about it, is what propelled Flame in the Mist from being a great book to being the best book I've read so far this year. There are some books coming out this year that sound like they are just going to knock our socks off, but it will be amazing difficult for any of them to top Flame in the Mist for being the best YA fantasy novel this year. This book is a masterpiece in storytelling. I cannot think of a single way in which it could be improved, or that would have made me enjoy it more. This is pure perfection on a page, and I will be enjoying every second of anticipating the next book's release
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I hadn't read anything by Renée Ahdieh before this book but had heard great things about her work. I saw so many comparisons of this book to Mulan that I was a little fearful that this would just be a rehashing of a very familiar story. I had no reason to worry since this was really a very original story. This was one of those books that I found myself thinking about during the times that I couldn't read. Mariko is on her way to be married when her entourage is attacked. She is able to escape to safety but she has no idea how long she will be able to remain safe. She decides to dress as a boy and find the group that tried to kill her. She does find them and is eventually taken back to their camp. Things start out hard at the camp and she is treated as a prisoner. Eventually, she earns some trust and gets to know some of the members of the group. The way this story was written really just pulled me in. Everything flowed so perfectly and the pacing was well done. I liked this author's voice a lot. It seemed that the words all came together almost magically to create a story that was beautiful and entertaining. There are a lot of really exciting scenes that are offset by others that are more thoughtful. The characters were amazing. Mariko is smart and determined. She learns a lot of really hard truths over the course of this story and is able to accept them and decide how to proceed with her life. Okami was a bit of a mystery which I really liked. He was obviously drawn to Mariko almost immediately and I liked the tension between them. They had some really great banter that was a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this book to others. This is a really great start to a new and exciting series. I seriously did not want it to end and can't wait to find out what happens next! I received an advance reader edition of this book from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers via First to Read.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh Book One of the Flame in the Mist series Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Publication Date: May 16, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known. What I Liked: Flame in the Mist has been one of my most anticipated publications of 2017, and I had been looking forward to reading it for a long time. You know that feeling when you finally get a much anticipated book, and you're so excited, but you just can't seem to open it to start reading? I had this book over almost two months. I was scared. But honestly, I don't know what I was so afraid of, because this book was excellent, and I loved it. I'm going to go ahead and tell you all that 1) this review will not do this book justice, 2) I won't be able to capture the complexities and intricacy of the plot, and 3) I will do my best not to spoil anything, because my goodness there is a lot of things that are unveiled slowly and could definitely be spoiled. Ahdieh has readers guessing right and wrong at every turn! Mariko is on her way to Inako to marry the second son of the emperor. Her marriage has been arranged and she must bring honor to family. Her family is highly regarded, with her father being a samurai lord, and her twin brother being a powerful samurai with the nickname "Dragon of Kai". But her procession is ambushed, leaving everyone dead except Mariko. She escapes, and is determined to find out who tried to kill her. The Black Clan is the likely suspect - a bandit gang of warrior-like men who serve none but themselves. Mariko decides to try and infiltrate the Clan, dressed as a boy, and kill them all. They kidnap her, which works in her favor because she gains access to their encampment. But the longer she gets to know the Clan, the harder it becomes to kill them. What if Ranmaru and Okami weren't the ones that ordered her death? And who are these men, so clearly regarded by the Clan they lead? Mariko slowly discovers that no one is who they seem - and not just within the Black Clan. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
Renée is an auto buy for me, so after screaming, I immediately downloaded this and started it. I love Mariko right from the beginning. She's so smart and so strong, but she's unaware of her abilities. It was delightful to see her figure out her potential and place in the world. The members of the Black Clan are interesting and quite the enigma. I loved seeing their truths revealed. I did struggle with the names and that is my main complaint. Each character seemed to have several nicknames, official names and titles and they were all thrown around. Often in the same paragraph. Eventually I sort of gave up trying to keep people straight. The plot is a bit of a slow burn, but it's captivating. I was sucked in right from the start. The ending is enraging and satisfying and I can't even wait to see what happens next. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**