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Title Flame in the Mist
Author Renee Ahdieh
Cover Art Francesca Resta
Publisher Penguin - 2017
First Printing Penguin - 2017
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Author Renee Ahdieh
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Publisher ---
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Category Young Adult
Warnings None
Main Characters Mariko, Kenshin, Okami, Ranmaru
Main Elements Wizards, shapeshifters

Click to read the summaryFlame in the Mist

There's something about the culture of feudal Japan that forces an author to write something beautiful, magical and poetic and this book is no different. Filled with honour and deception, love and hate, beauty and death, I was drawn into the tale immediately. There's magic, but it's subtle, just as it was in the beliefs of the people of the time.

Mariko is a strong female lead and I enjoyed her character immensely. No "special snowflake" here, in fact there isn't all that special about her other than her noble birthright (often more a hindrance than a benefit) and a tendency to fight the restrictions her culture places on the role of women. The Black Clan also consists of a group of interesting and complex group of Ronin, each with their own backgrounds and motivations. And even Mariko's brother, Kenshin the Dragon of Kai, a Samurai through and through, has to grow and test his deep-seated beliefs as he attempts to unravel the plot that led to the attempt on his sister's life.

There is a romance, but I wouldn't categorize this book as a romance. There's no insta-love, there's no "oh he's too good for me" (in fact maybe there's a lot of the opposite), two things that will kill a book for me and is so prevalent in YA literature these days.

Instead, there are mysteries, secrets and lies to unravel. Twists abound and I didn't see many of them coming either. Many answers are revealed by the end of the book, but others remain to be explained in future books and I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment and to find out what happens to Mariko, her brother, and the Black Clan.

Posted: July 2017


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