“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.”
I was hesitant before buying this book. Every time I went to the bookstore I picked it up then I put it back, until I decided one day that i had to buy it.
The Wrath and the Dawn, the duology written by the same author (Renee Ahdieh), was good and well written (not one of my favorite though). That’s why I guess I decided to pick up Flame in the Mist. Her first duology was a retelling of the Arabian Nights, but this time the story is a retelling of Mulan; which is one of my favorite Disney movies.
When I started reading the book, I was having a hard time connecting with the characters as well as with the story in general. But then as I dived further in the story, I was captivated by everything. Ahdieh did a great job describing the Japanese culture, the characters …
This book follows the story of 17 y.o Mariko, the daughter of a rich samurai. As she was travelling to meet and marry the emperor’s son, her convoy is attacked. The attack was meant to be for her but she manages to escape. She then decided to dress as a boy so that she can infiltrate the Black Clan to know why they wanted her dead. What she did not expect is that she will find love.
Mariko wants to hate the Black Clan for what they did to her. But after spending time with them she discovers that they treat her as their equal (almost) and they appreciate all the ideas she gave them. The thing she didn’t find when she was home.
In the mid of the story, Mariko begins to discover her worth and started to grow. All that because she was heard and appreciated. With the Black Clan she felt more relaxed than she was at home.
Okami, aka the wolf of the pack, is an intriguing character. Loved him since his first scene in the book. You want to know more about him and yet you love the secrecy surrounding him. I love his interactions with Mariko. He knew that something was off about Mariko since she joined the clan but couldn’t tell what was it. So he was testing her all the way and was loving it. He has untold stories, along with Takeda Ranmaru, the leader of the clan.
Some secrets are revealed at the end and the reader will definitely be shocked.
Can’t wait for the sequel.
“There is such strength in being a woman. But it is a strength you must choose for yourself. No one can choose it for you. We can bend the wind to our ear if we would try.”