The Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – Review

4 out of 5 stars

I have a shocking confession: I have never read The Wrath and the Dawn, despite wanting to for quite some time now. Nevertheless, I was still SO EXCITED when I got accepted for this on NetGalley. I’ve heard wonderful things about Renee’s writing, and there’s plenty of hype around The Wrath and the Dawn. And, come on, a Mulan retelling? Count me the fuck in.
So I only have one issue with this book (well, it’s not really an issue with the book, as it’s my fault) is that I found it hard keeping up with all the names. Don’t take me the wrong way though, because I TOTALLY didn’t expect to be reading about Rachael and Robert in a book set in Japan. But I’m just putting it out there. 
Our main gal Mariko is from a privileged family, one who, with hopes of gaining social status, has sold Mariko’s hand to the son of the Emperor. On her way to her betrothed, her convoy is attacked. After barely escaping with her life, Mariko sets off in pursuit of the Black Clan, whom she believes in behind the attack. 
Mariko is a really good heroine. She uses her intelligence to achieve her goals, and I found her strength of character to be inspiring. She’s witty, cunning and determined. Because of this, she gradually gains favour with the members of the Black Clan, and I loved reading about their changing relationships. There is a hint of romance, which I was totally on board with, but for me it was mainly Mariko’s character that won me over. 
There was never a time when I was bored during this book. There were twists and turns that kept me glued to my kindle. And now I really need to kick my arse into gear and read The Wrath and the Dawn. ASAP.

*thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read this book*

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