Series: Flame in the Mist

WoW: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Posted November 23, 2016 by Emily in WoW / 1 Comment

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WoW: Flame in the Mist by Renee AhdiehFlame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Francesca Resta
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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.

What I Love

Who isn’t looking forward to this Mulan retelling? The icing on the cake is Renee Ahdieh being the author. The Wrath and the Dawn is enough for me to want to read anything she creates for this world. To steal a line from John Green’s TFIOS, I would read her grocery lists. I’m also always about badass women, especially when they’re being underestimated by men and it sounds like this is exactly the type of MC Mariko is going to be. All of that coupled with murder, betrayal, and undercover operations makes this a definite pre-order. I can’t wait for May!