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.
One of my most anticipated books for 2017, Flame in the Mist did not let me down!
Mariko is the daughter of a famous samurai and is about to be married to a prince. On the way, her convoy is viciously attacked by bandit group the Black Clan. As the only survivor, she escapes into the night but desires answers and revenge. Disguised as a boy, Mariko infiltrates their ranks.
Flame in the Mist was marketed as a Japanese retelling of Mulan. The similarities are there if you squint, but I found the Mulan comparison a bit of a stretch so I hope no one gets disappointed at the differences.
Renée had previously released the The Wrath & The Dawn series, but I must confess that Flame in the Mist is my first book of her’s that I’ve read. Her duology has definitely moved closer to the top of my to-read list!
The writing style is so lovely with a fantastic attention to detail, but not at all excessively descriptive. AND it’s written in third person, which is my personal preference and also a bit of rarity in the YA genre.
It was an easy, riveting read. I got through it in one sitting during an afternoon!
Thanks Hodder & Stoughton for the review copy!