Flame in the Mist: The Epic New York Times Bestseller Hardcover – 18 May 2017
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[An] elaborate fantasy set in feudal Japan . . . Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn) is immensely skilled at crafting vibrant settings inhabited by sympathetic characters with rich pasts . . . readers will enthusiastically anticipate the next installment. (Publishers Weekly)
Ahdieh's first duology (begun with The Wrath and the Dawn, 2015) propelled her to the top of the charts, and this new series starter brings that same blend of history, magic, and sensuality that drew readers in the first place. (Booklist)
This story . . . will undoubtedly enthrall readers. (Kirkus)
Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh's series starter begins with a girl-power bang. . . . A wonderful choice for YA shelves, especially where lush fantasy is popular. (School Library Journal)
Weaves Japanese and Korean narratives into a fun feudal samurai drama... an action-packed and well-paced young adult novel. (Washington Post)
FLAME IN THE MIST has [Renée's] signature lush and dangerous romantic adventure vibes (Bustle)
Completely enrapturing (Bookpage)
Alchemy, samurai, and Renée Ahdieh. Need we say more? (Culturess)
A tale of murder, betrayal and one girl's courage from #1 New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh.See all Product description
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This book was exciting, interesting and I enjoyed trying to weave the plot together. There were lots of twists and turns and it was fun working out what was going to happen next.
This book smashed my expectations right out of the park. Mariko is one badass woman. And she dominates in this book. Her story begins as quite a simple one: she is to be wed to the son of the Emperors favourite concubine. Like a sheep to a new farmer so that a little money and status can be made. But on her adventure there, they are ambushed by the Black Clan. Everyone is dead and she is forced to escape into the forest and fend for herself.
I absolutely love how vicious this book became. I was expecting to see a girl who naively accepts her fate as a trophy wife. But Mariko is quickly forced to become strong, and she does so emphatically, with great intellect and resourcefulness. She is sneaky, calculating and intelligent and I love her. She soon becomes mixed up with the enemy - the Black Clan, disguised as a man, and plots to attack them from within to get her revenge. This is one fast paced, action packed story; I couldn't have asked for more.
There is much more going on behind the scenes in this book. Many secondary plots and secondary characters have their own stories woven in, which eventually tie together. These characters are interesting, likeable and mysterious each in their own right which beautifully fleshed out the story. Each plot twist is layered with magic and mystery - I just couldn't get enough of it. A little flash of magic in any story has me hooked!
What I like the most about this story is the powerful message - why should being female make you any less? This author weaves a beautiful statement about women, the roles of women and the expectations society has of them, throughout the pages of this book without seeming to preach a message but rather with the aim to empower people to be who they want.
This is a fantastic book with beautiful world building, wonderful characters and a nod to Mulan. I have to admit, this authors previous book wasn't for me so I wasn't expecting this one to be, but this pulled the magical rug right out from under my feet. I can't recommend it enough and I am chomping at the bit for the sequel already!
Thank you so much to the publishers for my free copy courtesy of a Goodreads Giveaway. Whilst there was no obligation to review, this book was too good not to!
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