[Review] Flame in the Mist by Reneé Ahdieh ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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 day I can dream to write as eloquently and beautifully as Renée Ahdieh. How does Queen Ahdieh write so beautifully?? The world may never know. 

I actually had some trouble with the first 50ish pages of the book. It was slow and I thought about putting the book away and reading something else. Well I’m glad I kept reading. It got exciting right after. I loved the Japanese inspired culture and the 47 Ronin vibe throughout the book. I also felt thethe Mulan vibe but I enjoyed the 47 Ronin vibe more. 

The story is told through a third person point of view with the perspectives switching from Mariko and her twin brother Kenshin. I hope there is more chapters about Kenshin because I’m interested in his backstory. The Black Clan is a mix of Robin Hood and the 47 Ronin, something I did not expect. 

The romance is not the main point of the novel, a major plus for me. Flame in the Mist is about Mariko’s journey to find the truth and discovering who she is without the interferences of romance.

Honestly, I read this book too fast. I should have slowed down and savored each detail but it was so good that I couldn’t put the book down. Now, the long wait for book 2. 

Overall I would give Flame in the Mist 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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