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  1. says:

    “Never forget Sanada Takeo in this forest there is no place to hide” shiversThis book was just pure enjoyment from start to finish Japanese mythology samurai crossdressing female warriors secrets lies AND just the right amount of sexiness Sure it's not a perfect book but somewhere along the way I forgot to careFlame in the Mist is set in feudal Japan I keep seeing Mulan retelling floating around but even if you ignore the fact that this is set in Japan not China it's a bit of a stretch Mariko doesn't go to war for herself or for anyone else She is travelling to the imperial city of Inako when her litter is attacked by a gang known as The Black ClanMariko survives the attack and devises a plan to infiltrate The Black Clan disguised as a boy However things don't turn out exactly how she hoped they would and Mariko finds herself a prisoner turned reluctant ally Meanwhile Mariko's brother and badass samurai soldier Kenshin is determined to prove his sister is still alive and find the criminals responsible for the attackThere's some bloodsucking Jubokko trees and forest spirits plenty of action and bloodshed even secrets and betrayals The I read the I started to feel like no one is as they first seem and everyone from the emperor's royal consort to The Black Clan's leader Takeda Ranmaru is hiding something For the most part this book is far less romantic than Ahdieh's The Wrath the Dawn Which was fine by me And the romance that did surface was perfection I won't spoil anything but I'll just say it's one of those rare occasions where I almost felt myself swooning Look there's just something sexy about the whole wolf thing 'kay? Yes I know I have problems A word of warning He bent closer The scent of warm stone and wood smoke emanated form his skinMariko blinkedDon't bare your neck to a wolf See what I mean? ProblemsAll of the characters were interesting to me All of them Even side characters like Yumi Ren and Yoshi added something important to the story I especially loved the complexity of Kenshin's character he is resourceful and cares deeply for his sister and Amaya but is also a cruel warrior I like multifaceted characters; it keeps things interesting And I appreciated the author's decision to put the emphasis on Mariko's smarts over her strength I like it when female heroines have skills that real world girls can relate to and realistically aspire toAnother general positive The use of setting was fantastic Ahdieh captured the setting well in her previous novels and she does it again here I personally think many authors underestimate the atmospheric power of place Things like this InakoA city of a hundred arched bridges and a thousand cherry trees A city of mud and sweat and sewage A city of golden cranes and amber sunsetsA city of secrets I did say this wasn't a perfect book so I'll talk about the few negatives Mariko makes some decisions throughout that were to put it nicely stupid I didn't always understand why she did things view spoilerFor example saving members of The Black Clan when they're supposed to be her enemies hide spoiler


  2. says:

    Renée has such an incredible knack for immersing me in her worlds and Flame in the Mist is no exception The world is lush the characters absorbing the atmosphere tense and romantic and awesome Mariko Mariko my girl I loved her I need ImmediatelyPre order this asap


  3. says:

    Don’t get discouraged by my 3 stars The book is enjoyable and I’ll definitely read the seuel However if I compare it against books I’ve rated 4 stars it doesn’t hold upBut first I have to say the premise is fantastic Set in a fantasy version of feudal Japan? A girl dressing like a boy to infiltrate a murderous gang and to spy on them? How much better could it possibly get?There is a lot to like about our protagonist Mariko She has book smarts—inventing bombs and smoke grenades by using her chemistry knowledge and improvising with the limited materials she has—but when it comes to pursuing her goals and manipulating situations to her advantage she makes uite a few messes and uestionable decisions along the way This all feels relatable and rings true given her upbringing and experienceUnfortunately the plot jumps too uickly and with no logic at certain points—Mariko going from fighting for her family to actively fighting against them in a heartbeat the clan accepting Mariko at a point when it doesn’t make any sense etc We also see hints of magic but the system is completely undeveloped and unexplained Background characters are flat Mariko’s father for instance—all his lines about valuing profit than human life felt almost cartoonish Related to the same point the whole criticism of the feudal system felt heavy handed and simplistic while there was a lot of potential for nuanceI think nuance was the one thing I really missed in this book Everything was too easy All problems were resolved too cleanly Everything was too black and white almost like in a children’s book Wouldn’t it have been compelling if the Black Clan had really tried to assassinate Mariko and she understood and accepted their reasons and found her place among them in spite of that? Or if Mariko’s fiancé had turned out to be a decent person actually wanting to help her? Or at least halfway decent? As it is there is no reason for internal conflict because all choices are way too easy All problems come from misunderstandings and once those are resolved no conflict is leftBut in spite of its drawbacks the book is a pleasant read and I’ll check out the second installment


  4. says:

    How have I not reviewed this book? FLAME IN THE MIST is the first in a new series from Renee Ahdieh and it is FANTASTIC I adored THE WRATH AND THE DAWN of course and thought the story wrapped up beautifully in THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER But to be honest no one can live up to smart badass Shazi right? Right?Wrong wrong wrong Mariko is a smart brave careful flawed and incredibly original I wanted to take her out of the book and get her to teach me alchemy I want her and Shazi to meet and bond over all the crap they have to put up with But Mariko isn't the only incredible character From her twin brother Kenshin to the Emperor to the members of the black clan all of the characters in this book are fully developed and deeply fascinating I needs some novellas pronto As in Renee's other books you can expect incredible descriptions of food and clothing and people and scenery all the lush writing that makes you feel like you are living the story The research that went into this book was intense and it shows I genuinely felt like I had been dropped into Mariko's world The pacing is non stop I tore through this But my FAVORITE part of the book was the romance Insert all the fire emojis here Pre order it get your hands on an ARC trade a soul or twoit's worth it for this book Renee you can give me book 2 now please


  5. says:

    25ishThis is a hard one to review for a few reasons Namely I have such mixed feelings A lot of people were disappointed by this book because it was advertised as a Mulan retelling but it wasn't really a Mulan retelling and while I see that complaint you can definitely see how it was Mulan inspired which is what the author said it was That aside there were certain elements of this that I loved especially the female empowerment but the story as a whole was a bit of a let down Truth is I was bored most of the time I found it really hard to motivate myself to actually finish I thought it was just me being too busy but it took me 3 tries to actually get through it So unfortunately I don't see myself continuing with the series


  6. says:

    Like many others I went into this— gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous—novel thinking I’d be reading a retelling of Mulan which suited me just fine Flame in the Mist is not a fairytale however beautifully it is written Mariko and Mulan are both intelligent women who gain strength and fierceness along their respective journeys But Mariko never goes to war—she is recruited by the dangerous ‘‘Black Clan’’ Since that doesn’t happen she never falls in love with a captain Plus she doesn't fit the criteria of Disney princesses Oh no Mariko is done with dresses and pampering for ever She wants revenge The Black Clan tried to kill her? Well they haven’t succeeded so now it’s her turn to strike backYou know the peculiar spirits—ie the small dragon—that look after Mulan? We have something of a sort in Flame in the Mist Unfortunately Mariko does not have a sidekick Fortunately she isn’t completely alone As you can see this is of a loose retelling of Mulan Further Renée Ahdieh touches on feministic issues better than Disney ever did She isn’t afraid to point out all that is wrong with the way men perceive women There is romance but it’s not a romantic story Mariko is serious about her plan to murder the leader of the clan At the same time she is human— her emotions sometimes get in the wayI absolutely cannot wait to see where this is all going I am in loveBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  7. says:

    Originally I gave this book 5 stars after marathoning it in one day loving it so much After consideration and further discussion I’m dropping my rating to 4 starsI did really love Flame In The Mist The story was entertaining had some thrilling scenes and was all around really enjoyable As always I love Renee Adhieh’s writing She has the most delectable prose that is unlike any other YA author out there Once you get used to it it’s very easy to get lost in her flowery writing style and I always love that about her booksI really loved Mariko as a main character I especially liked how she’s not a typical Mary Sue – she’s an inexperienced fighter and struggles through training like you would expect someone who has lived a privileged life to do Though that does not mean she is not a TOTAL BADASS and definitely makes her way through tough moments her own way I think she’s an admirable character and I really enjoyed her story arcDespite how much I enjoyed reading the story I uickly realized I retained almost NOTHING about this world and where the storyline is going Could it be because I read it so fast? Absolutely But this is a recurring theme with Rene Adhieh’s books for me I love them so so much in the moment as I’m reading and the next day I can’t remember any specific details I don’t know if I can fully attribute that lack of retention to my fast reading because it’s happened to me with her past two books physical and audiobook formats I think it’s just a case of her ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WRITING STYLE not always matching up with me as a readerI also wasn’t a huge fan of the romance While I do enjoy the way the characters come to complement each other I think their development was rushed It felt as if there was no chemistry and then nothing but chemistry after a certain course of events that just felt unnatural I would have loved some time for these characters to grow together as opposed to going from strangersenemies to acuaintances to immediately loversI feel similarly about the magic system it was presented to in the beginning but the ending EXPLODED with magic I initially went into this story expecting a fictionalized feudal Japan and came out with a bit of a fantasy headache I felt like I didn’t have enough time to grasp how the magic system works because all of the rulesfuture of the magic system was super saturated in the last handful of chapters I wish it had been spread out so that it could have been easily comprehendible More magic throughout the story also would have probably sped up a few of the slower scenesI also want to add a TW for suicide in the first 5 pages of the book Given it is a ritualistic suicide which some may view as different but it's still very graphic and could be potentially triggering Honestly you could skip to page 6 or so and you would not have missed anything from the story at allDespite my small critiues I really did enjoy this story It was fun enjoyable and had interesting character dynamics with beautiful writing I would recommend it but I do think you need to be in the mood for a high fantasy with lavish writing stay really focused throughout All in all I’m anticipating book two


  8. says:

    “You do have a flair for the dramatic”•Although The Wrath the Dawn definitely did not make it into my all time favourites list the idea of giving a try to Flame in the Mist inspired by Disney's Mulan maybe the Disney movie I adore the most and set in feudal Japan still filled me with excitement Sadly however I found that Ahdieh made once again many of the mistakes she'd made in her previous duology as well and generally I noticed no or very little improvement So let's see what we've got here•I truly must be a very strange person because I firmly believe Ahdieh's much loved and much vaunted writing to be the main problem As I said in my review of The Rose the Dagger Ahdieh tries so hard to be and sound poetical and melodious that ultimately her narration can only come off as pretentiously high sounding I'm not referring to the little details such as her choice of words and expressions and if you take her sentences one by one rest assured you'll find nothing wrong with them It is when you put them all together one after the other when you read the book but to get a clear enough idea even just one chapter will do that they start feeling odd absurdly overdramatic and inflated to a fault I would find it boring and annoying even if it lasted for no than a couple of pages but here we have a whole book written like this from cover to cover and I'll be honest it's tiring no it's exhausting It's exhausting because you're forced to be continuously on edge to wonder what on earth is happening of such importance that the author is presenting it as if 1 the end of the world is near or 2 some character just found out the Answer to the Ultimate uestion of Life the Universe and Everything➔ Practical made up example of how even the most inconseuential events and facts have to be written according to Ahdieh This is how she would write—well basically everything according to the data I've picked up after reading all three of her books Mariko glimpsed something on the ground It glinted in the mud the colour of burnt sugarShe stopped on her tracks and leaned down a little then some CloserShe had to catch her breath; she picked the object up So lightSo soft She had found A leaf I've found a leafWhen a reader stumbles upon a passage like this he or she is led to believe the leaf is somehow functional even fundamental to the story How do you think they'll feel when it becomes clear than it's actually not? The answer is like a deflated balloon And that is precisely the problem that Ahdieh's writing style creates and which would not exist with a sensible revision of the text it raises expectations that have no place there and no hope to be fulfilled I opted for inventing a brief example instead of selecting a uote from the book because as I said you won't find anything wrong on a microscopic level and nothing striking enough to make you understand what I mean that is brief enough to be uoted it's the ultimate wider effect you have to consider And this effect is profoundly frustrating •My second complaint concerns the logic behind some of Mariko's decisions Take the first one she doesn't want dishonour to befall her family so she runs into the woods to understand who is after her even though one of the problems to returning home was the uestion of her virtue that would be raised by her being lost in the forest alone with murderers and thieves for even a couple of hours How is spending hours is there going to help in saving her family's honour that's beyond me You see the thing is her choices sometimes are even the right ones but her mental processes are all messed up She gave me never ending headaches Another instance of how her reasoning just doesn't stand up is why does she never once view spoilerwonder at the end about Ranmaru turning into a wolf? Shouldn't she find that strange? Or what the heck was the creature that warned her in the forest? The strangest magical things can happen and she wouldn't give it than a passing thought hide spoiler


  9. says:

    No title no description I don't care Renee wrote The Wrath and the Dawn She wrote Shazi and Khalid I will automatically buy anything she writes now


  10. says:

    ”Death follows indecision like a twisted shadow”As it seems 2019 has officially become the year of retellings for me And tell you what? I actually seem to like them lol I never thought that I would enjoy retellings so much but either I made really great book decisions this year or I picked the wrong retellings before XD There’s no way to tell which one it might be but either way it’s a win win situation for me ; ”You’re the devil Ōkami” he muttered harshly The ghost boy eyed him askance “You would know” A grin curled up one side of his face rendering the scar through his lips white “Since we both came from hell”This said let’s get to the book now I always loved Mulan and so it’s no surprise I instantly liked our heroine Mariko I mean yes she makes really stupid decisions sometimes but in general I could relate to her I'm convinced we all make mistakes every now and then and she’s not only a very young but also a sheltered girl Before her convoy got attacked she barely even saw the outside world and now that she’s forced to stay with the Black Clan it’s like she sees the real world for the very first time Not everything is as white and black as everyone made her believe and even her own family shows a very different face if you see it from another perspective Mariko breathed deep “Am I prisoner or am I a servant?”Ōkami paused before responding “We choose what we are in any situation be it a word or an idea” With a small smile he walked awayAnd here are the discussions between Ōkami and Mariko I started to love lol Those two are so very different but they work somehow At first I wasn’t entirely sure who was supposed to be her love interest because honestly Ranmaru had me intrigued from the very first moment he appeared in the book But the longer I continued to read the it became obvious who would end up with whom ; P I’ve to admit that I liked both male MCs but for some reason I kind of liked Ranmaru Haha Don’t ask me why I guess he just peaked my curiosity and I love a good mystery lol Also the way he acted so calm and composed He got me thinking and that’s always a good sign He’s every inch the leader and he does a good job of it as well Still I’ve to admit that Ōkami had a certain appeal too XD ”My life has been filled with death and lies and loose women” Ōkami pushed back a fall of black hair meeting her gaze Holding her there Rapt “I regret everything else” He smiled his hooded heavy lidded eyes brimming with mockery Ranmaru’s broad lips spread into an easy smile “I believe the stars align so that souls can find one another Whether they are meant to be souls in love or souls in life remains to be seen”Seriously those two boys couldn’t have been any different but their friendship was amazing They were like brothers and everyone who knows me; knows I love a good sibling rep lol They might not have been family by blood but they certainly were in their hearts ; Also I kind of enjoyed how everyone in the Black Clan was different and contributed a part to their community Plus Let’s not forget about the fantasy elements in here The idea of the flesh eating trees gave me goose bumps and the forest that protected them was amazing And if I’m already at it I adored the ending ”It was a mistake All of it For as long as she’d known him Mariko had despised the very idea of this boy But the truth of him? The truth was not uite as simple It was a silent entreaty A wordless plea”ConclusionThis was such a great retelling I mean it didn’t feel like a Mulan retelling because Ahdieh made so much out of it the basic points however were definitely there ; Mixed up with a slow burn love story and the magical element this tale really had me captivated I loved it from the very first chapter and I continued to love it until the end The ending though There were uite a lot of things I expected but others hit me so hard that I can’t help but be in awe of Ahdieh’s skills XD So if you’re looking for a fast and nice read I can totally recommend this to you ; What happens when a Slytherpuff and a Gryffindor with Slytherin traits Gryfferin? decide to read a book together? Well they buddy read “Flame in the Mist” ; PBecause Mulan is awesome and if this is truly some sort of retelling I’m so here for it So let’s do this and hopefully we’ll enjoy it Buddy read with this awesome Slytherpuff We’re sooo going to rock this


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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 breathSo at just seventeen years old Mariko is sent to th Don’t get discouraged by my 3 stars The book is enjoyable and I’ll definitely read the seuel However if I compare it against books I’ve rated 4 stars it doesn’t hold upBut first I have to say the premise is fantastic Set in a fantasy version of feudal Japan? A girl dressing like a boy to infiltrate a murderous gang and to spy on them? How much better could it possibly get?There is a lot to like about our protagonist Mariko She has book smarts—inventing bombs and smoke grenades by using her chemistry knowledge and improvising with the limited materials she has—but when it comes to pursuing her goals and manipulating situations to her advantage she makes uite a few messes and uestionable decisions along the way This all feels relatable and rings true given her upbringing and experienceUnfortunately the plot jumps too uickly and with no logic at certain points—Mariko going from fighting for her family to actively fighting against them in a heartbeat the clan accepting Mariko at a point when it doesn’t make any sense etc We also see hints of magic but the system is completely undeveloped and unexplained Background characters are flat Mariko’s father for instance—all his lines about valuing profit than human life felt almost cartoonish Related to the same point the whole criticism of the feudal system felt heavy handed and simplistic while there was a lot of potential for nuanceI think nuance was the one thing I really missed in this book Everything was too easy All problems were resolved too cleanly Everything was too black and white almost like in a children’s book Wouldn’t it have been compelling if the Black Clan had really tried to assassinate Mariko and she understood and accepted their reasons and found her place among them in spite of that? Or if Mariko’s fiancé had turned out to be a decent person actually wanting to help her? Or at least halfway decent? As it is there is no reason for internal conflict because all choices are way too easy All problems come from misunderstandings and once those are resolved no conflict is leftBut in spite of its drawbacks the book is a pleasant read and I’ll check out the second installment

Summary Flame in the Mist

E 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 palaceThe lone survivor Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods where she plots her revenge Dressed as a peasant boy How have I not reviewed this book? FLAME IN THE MIST is the first in a new series from Renee Ahdieh and it is FANTASTIC I adored THE WRATH AND THE DAWN of course and thought the story wrapped up beautifully in THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER But to be honest no one can live up to smart badass Shazi right? Right?Wrong wrong wrong Mariko is a smart brave careful flawed and incredibly original I wanted to take her out of the book and get her to teach me alchemy I want her and Shazi to meet and bond over all the crap they have to put up with But Mariko isn't the only incredible character From her twin brother Kenshin to the Emperor to the members of the black clan all of the characters in this book are fully developed and deeply fascinating I needs some novellas pronto As in Renee's other books you can expect incredible descriptions of food and clothing and people and scenery all the lush writing that makes you feel like you are living the story The research that went into this book was intense and it shows I genuinely felt like I had been dropped into Mariko's world The pacing is non stop I tore through this But my FAVORITE part of the book was the romance Insert all the fire emojis here Pre order it get your hands on an ARC trade a soul or twoit's worth it for this book Renee you can give me book 2 now please

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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 uestion everything she’s ever known about her family her purpose and her deepest desire “You do have a flair for the dramatic”•Although The Wrath the Dawn definitely did not make it into my all time favourites list the idea of giving a try to Flame in the Mist inspired by Disney's Mulan maybe the Disney movie I adore the most and set in feudal Japan still filled me with excitement Sadly however I found that Ahdieh made once again many of the mistakes she'd made in her previous duology as well and generally I noticed no or very little improvement So let's see what we've got here•I truly must be a very strange person because I firmly believe Ahdieh's much loved and much vaunted writing to be the main problem As I said in my review of The Rose the Dagger Ahdieh tries so hard to be and sound poetical and melodious that ultimately her narration can only come off as pretentiously high sounding I'm not referring to the little details such as her choice of words and expressions and if you take her sentences one by one rest assured you'll find nothing wrong with them It is when you put them all together one after the other when you read the book but to get a clear enough idea even just one chapter will do that they start feeling odd absurdly overdramatic and inflated to a fault I would find it boring and annoying even if it lasted for no than a couple of pages but here we have a whole book written like this from cover to cover and I'll be honest it's tiring no it's exhausting It's exhausting because you're forced to be continuously on edge to wonder what on earth is happening of such importance that the author is presenting it as if 1 the end of the world is near or 2 some character just found out the Answer to the Ultimate uestion of Life the Universe and Everything➔ Practical made up example of how even the most inconseuential events and facts have to be written according to Ahdieh This is how she would write—well basically everything according to the data I've picked up after reading all three of her books Mariko glimpsed something on the ground It glinted in the mud the colour of burnt sugarShe stopped on her tracks and leaned down a little then some CloserShe had to catch her breath; she picked the object up So lightSo soft She had found A leaf I've found a leafWhen a reader stumbles upon a passage like this he or she is led to believe the leaf is somehow functional even fundamental to the story How do you think they'll feel when it becomes clear than it's actually not? The answer is like a deflated balloon And that is precisely the problem that Ahdieh's writing style creates and which would not exist with a sensible revision of the text it raises expectations that have no place there and no hope to be fulfilled I opted for inventing a brief example instead of selecting a uote from the book because as I said you won't find anything wrong on a microscopic level and nothing striking enough to make you understand what I mean that is brief enough to be uoted it's the ultimate wider effect you have to consider And this effect is profoundly frustrating •My second complaint concerns the logic behind some of Mariko's decisions Take the first one she doesn't want dishonour to befall her family so she runs into the woods to understand who is after her even though one of the problems to returning home was the uestion of her virtue that would be raised by her being lost in the forest alone with murderers and thieves for even a couple of hours How is spending hours is there going to help in saving her family's honour that's beyond me You see the thing is her choices sometimes are even the right ones but her mental processes are all messed up She gave me never ending headaches Another instance of how her reasoning just doesn't stand up is why does she never once view spoilerwonder at the end about Ranmaru turning into a wolf? Shouldn't she find that strange? Or what the heck was the creature that warned her in the forest? The strangest magical things can happen and she wouldn't give it than a passing thought hide spoiler

  • Hardcover
  • 392
  • Flame in the Mist
  • Renée Ahdieh
  • English
  • 17 December 2020
  • 9780399171635

About the Author: Renée Ahdieh

THE WRATH & THE DAWN and its seuel THE ROSE & THE DAGGER are available wherever books are soldFLAME IN THE MIST will be released on 51617 Please note that reuests for Advanced Reader Copies should be made through Penguin and all other reuests should be submitted through the author's website