Well let me catch my breath for a second, I just finished Flame in the Mist, book one of a new series by the amazing author Renee Ahdieh. I received an arc from firsttoread.com for an honest review.
Flame in the Mist is a retelling of sorts of the tale of Mulan. Just like her other series The Wrath and the Dawn which was based off 1,001 nights. She flips the tale on it’s head and delivers a heart racing and heart warming tale of a young brilliant girl who is out to take the world by storm.
The characters that she has developed in this story are so lifelike with their personality quirks and loveable and hateful natures with which you quickly learn to love, hate, or sometimes get really confused by. It has amazing paranormal aspects as well as in-depth Japanese culture that completely immerses you. The details, people, action scenes even smells are crafted in just the right way to never release you from this books grasp.
I would love to spill my guts out in spoilers about how much I love this new series but the review is spoiler free and the book hasn’t been released yet so I will just say. If you love Mulan, Japanese culture, the unexplained, amazing characters, a heart wrenching pairing, epic fight scenes and funny interactions please read this book you won’t be disappointed. This book for sure is on my all time favorites list and I am officially dying for book 2!!!!
5 out of 5 stars for sure!!!!
Flame in the Mist is set to be out May 16,2017
Synopsis: 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