I received this book through NetGalley as a granted wish by the publisher Penguin Group & Putnam Juvenile. I also got it in exchange for an honest review. I’m thanking NetGalley, Penguin Group and Putnam Juvenile for granting me the wish and providing me with the copy of this book.
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.
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About the book:
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Book length: 416 pages
Published: May 16, 2017
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Japanese
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Started reading: May 8, 2017
Finished reading: May 13, 2017
“Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…”
What did I think about the book?
When I got the e-mail from NetGalley telling me I got approved to get an ARC of this book I was really, really happy!!
I really wanted to read it before publication and I managed to do that. I tried to review it before publication, but there I did not manage…
This was my first read from Renée Ahdieh, and it did not disappoint me at all!! I really liked the book. I had to get used to it in the beginning, but now I can’t wait for the sequel!!!!!
It was really fun to read another story set in Asia… Don’t read many books with Asian influence, but they’re gaining ground in the book market.. [read Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee and A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe last year] I really love to read about different cultures. Culture in common intrigues me, but I really like Samurai culture.
Mariko is a very strong character. Raised to be obedient and pretty, but stubborn and a survivalist. Her story in this book is amazing. I really loved her part and how she handled the world. The way she thinks in a place where she was taught not to think for herself is pretty amazing. She handles situations, tricks dangerous people and survives a dangerous game she started. But she’s not the only strong female in this book… And I like how Renée gives strength to other female characters. But not only the female characters are given strength and personality. I admire her gift of creating characters.
I won’t spoil the story, but if you’ve read it, you will probably agree with me. About Mariko and the other females and about male characters like Ranmaru, Okami and her brother the Dragon of Kai. But in retrospect, there are weak characters in the book. I will not call names, but read and decide for yourself ;]
It was a really good book with an interesting story. I did feel like waiting forever for the obvious romance growing in this story hihi…. But it’s real cute and not as obvious as I thought before ;] Like I said can’t wait for the second book, and will probably read The Wrath & the Dawn series sooner than I thought =]
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