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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Series: Flame in the Mist, #1
Publication date: 05/16/2017
The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
Flame in the Mist was one of my most anticipated reads of this year and I'm so thrilled that it lived up to my expectations. It's one of those books that grabs hold right from the start and never lets up. I enjoyed reading about Mariko's journey at times treacherous as she tried to navigate in the unknown to find answers behind the plot of her death.

I'm glad that this book provided insight with some of the main characters as I like Mariko wasn't sure who to trust. I'm a fan of the world that Renee Ahdieh created. Richly imagined and beautifully written, I couldn't get enough of this book.

I can say without a doubt that I can't wait to see where this series leads. I couldn't have imagined how the events in this story unfolded but I'm so excited to see where they lead. The plot thickens! The ending was something that caught me completely by surprise.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


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