Book Birthday: May 16 2017
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 v iciously 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. ©goodreads
Everyone’s saying that it is a Mulan re-telling but it is not. It set in Japanese Historical Era which is rare in young adult genre.
I’m excited about this since January and it didn’t dissapoint me. Everything is well written and I fell in love with the characters. The mystery behind MarikosI can’t wait for the next book.
They say that this is a Mulan retelling but it is far from Mulan, Flame in the Mist is more interesting and more cooler and badass. The similarities of the both stories are the protagonist disguised as a man (though in this book she disguised to join the group who tried to kill her) and it tackles about how hard for women to live in a world that only acknowledges men and how they stand up for their rights.
It has full of action, mystery and I got to know more about Japanese Cultures and some Japanese vocab,and the gender inequality the woman experienced in those time not just just in Asia but the world.
The characters are unpredictable, the mystery behind Mariko’s attepmted murder and the history of the emperor and his friends that keeps me on turning the pages. There are mystery in all characters and Renée made a good job o cover their true self.
Romance is not necessary in the book because Mariko is #strongindependentwoman but let me tell you, there are a lot of guys around her that made it unpredictable who will end up with her.
Writing Style: 5/5⭐
The way Renée wrote it in different perspective makes it more interesting, I got to know more about the characters. It was a smooth read forme may be it’s because of how detailed it is.