One sentence summary: After Mariko’s journey to a political marriage is interrupted by a gang of bandits ambushing her, she disguises herself as a peasant boy to infiltrate the bandits and figure out why they were hired to kill her.
I absolutely think this is one of my top 2017 releases and is on my all-time favorite fantasy list. Instead of running back to presumed safety after her life was threatened, she dives headfirst into danger to figure out why. I love that the bandits (the Black Clan) are one of my favorite things which is non-blood family and that Mariko’s blood family reacts to events in ways I did not expect.
My official blurb: Flame in the Mist is impeccable. To anyone who has read Ahdieh’s first duology, it should come as no surprise that her newest book contains spectacular worldbuilding, magnificent characters, and a kickbutt heroine who doesn’t need a knight in shining armor. More importantly, Flame in the Mist is a book you want to pick back up again the second you finish it, believing that somehow there is a way to live in the pages just a little bit longer.
Have you read it yet? Let me know what your thoughts were in the comments 🙂
Legit summary from legit sources:
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 Black Clan and track 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.