Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist
Published May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: fantasy, young adult, romance
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.
Renee Ahdieh has a way to make me fall in love with her writing and her stories. I can’t help but submerge myself into her beautiful and outstanding writing once again in Flame in the Mist like I did with The Wrath and The Dawn duology.
I cannot laud Renee Ahdieh enough. I missed her precise and attention to detail; she never fails to describe places and people beautifully, even the mundane things. Can’t deny that Flame in the Mist was addictive, I couldn’t put it down.
All the Japanese culture that was weaved into the plot was amazing, it made my wanderlust so tangible. I just want to travel to Japan instantly. As usual, it took me a while to get used to all the Japanese references but the glossory was there so it was fine.
Mariko isn’t a damsel in distress, courageous and smart. She stands her ground and tries her best to survive. I was a little upset that she didn’t go through with what she intended to. The romance between Mariko and her love interest was entertaining to read about but I wasn’t very invested it in. The chemistry came so suddenly that it felt unnatural. I love her love interest though, he’s cloaked in engima and nothing is known of him.
The magic aspects were a little befuddling. I got confused and lost a couple of times. I found it hard to concentrate on it too. Unsure if it’s just me but it was a shame.
Shoutout to authors, please write more Japanese related novels, I NEED THEM! or if you have any recommendations, tell me!!
Originally rated it 5 stars, but I’ve lowered it by 1. Not going to lie, this review have been left empty for a few weeks but I haven’t felt the urge to complete it. However, I still love it. Renee Ahdieh’s works with words so magically, I’m looking forward to Smoke in the Sun.
my goodreads review has a few spoilers, if you want to discuss about the spoilers, let’s talk here!
that’s the end of my review for flame in the mist!! i don’t have a discussion part because there’s not really much to talk about. ):
(my aesthetic for flame in the mist)
“Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain.”