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Flame in the Mist

(Flame in the Mist #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  43,699 ratings  ·  6,285 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Penguin Books (first published May 16th 2017)
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Ascolta Ooof - thanks *so much* for mentioning the cliffhanger!! I hate those, and will certainly avoid this book.
Laura Yes. Completely different characters and location. It was excellent. I couldn't put it down. …moreYes. Completely different characters and location. It was excellent. I couldn't put it down. (less)

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Emily May
“Never forget, Sanada Takeo: in this forest, there is no place to hide.”


This book was just pure enjoyment from start to finish. Japanese mythology, samurai, crossdressing female warriors, secrets, lies AND just the right amount of sexiness. Sure, it's not a perfect book, but somewhere along the way I forgot to care.

Flame in the Mist is set in feudal Japan. I keep seeing "Mulan retelling" floating around, but even if you ignore the fact that this is set in Japan, not China, it's a bi
Marie Lu
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Renée has such an incredible knack for immersing me in her worlds--and Flame in the Mist is no exception. The world is lush, the characters absorbing, the atmosphere tense and romantic and awesome. Mariko! Mariko, my girl!!!! I loved her. I need more. Immediately.

Pre-order this asap.
Sabaa Tahir
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How have I not reviewed this book? FLAME IN THE MIST is the first in a new series from Renee Ahdieh and it is FANTASTIC. I adored THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, of course, and thought the story wrapped up beautifully in THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER. But to be honest, no one can live up to smart, badass Shazi, right? Right?

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Mariko is a smart, brave, careful, flawed and incredibly original. I wanted to take her out of the book and get her to teach me alchemy. I want her and Shazi to meet a
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This is a hard one to review for a few reasons. Namely, I have such mixed feelings. A lot of people were disappointed by this book because it was advertised as a Mulan retelling but it wasn't really a Mulan retelling, and while I see that complaint you can definitely see how it was Mulan inspired, which is what the author said it was. That aside, there were certain elements of this that I loved, especially the female empowerment, but the story as a whole was a bit of a let down. Truth is
Elena May
Don’t get discouraged by my 3 stars. The book is enjoyable, and I’ll definitely read the sequel. However, if I compare it against books I’ve rated 4 stars, it doesn’t hold up.

But first, I have to say the premise is fantastic. Set in a fantasy version of feudal Japan? A girl, dressing like a boy to infiltrate a murderous gang and to spy on them? How much better could it possibly get?

There is a lot to like about our protagonist, Mariko. She has book smarts—inventing bombs and smoke grenades by usi
Simona B
“You do have a flair for the dramatic.”

•Although The Wrath & the Dawn definitely did not make it into my all-time favourites list, the idea of giving a try to Flame in the Mist, inspired by Disney's Mulan (maybe the Disney movie I adore the most) and set in feudal Japan, still filled me with excitement. Sadly, however, I found that Ahdieh made once again many of the mistakes she'd made in her previous duology as well, and generally I noticed no, or very little, improvement. So let's see what
Emma Giordano
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally, I gave this book 5 stars after marathoning it in one day & loving it so much. After consideration and further discussion, I’m dropping my rating to 4 stars.

I did really love Flame In The Mist. The story was entertaining, had some thrilling scenes, and was all around really enjoyable. As always, I love Renee Adhieh’s writing. She has the most delectable prose that is unlike any other YA author out there. Once you get used to it, it’s very easy to get lost in her flowery writing style,
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Death follows indecision, like a twisted shadow.”

As it seems 2019 has officially become the year of retellings for me! And tell you what? I actually seem to like them! *lol* I never thought that I would enjoy retellings so much, but either I made really great book decisions this year or I picked the wrong retellings before. XD There’s no way to tell which one it might be but either way it’s a win-win situation for me. ;-)

”You’re the devil, Ōkami,” he muttered harshly.
The ghost boy eyed him ask
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
"The only power any man has over you is the power you give him."

Holy guacamole. This was wonderful.


Alright. I wasn't that into the first 30-40%. It wasn't bad at all, but I just wasn't really connecting. Mariko is on the way to her betrothed (the prince) when she gets attacked by who she believes is the Black Clan. She manages to escape (as told by the synopsis), but she refuses to return home and tell of her su
Drcong O '
I knew it wasn't a good idea to read this book because I was told this is similar to The Wrath and the Dawn and *surprise* I wasn't a fan of that duology.

Reading this book felt like waiting for math class to just fuckign end. I couldn't wait to get this book over. I was literally counting down the pages till this fucking ended. I. JUST. WANTED. THIS. TO. END.

I finally learned true human suffering.

This actually wasn't that bad in the beginning except for Mariko's constant repetition of "I am b
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, let's get down to business.
To defeat the Huns

“In the beginning, there were two suns and two moons.”

In the feudal empire of Wa, a land humming legends of samurai and mythical demons hunting the woods, a woman's place is to obey her father, and later her husband, with no control over her future. Hattori Mariko, though, disagrees. Her curiosity is never satisfied and she questions, studies and learns, earning the reproach of her family, who, in an attempt to gain political favor, o
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
you know that feeling when you finish a book and just have to take a moment to appreciate that it was exactly what you needed to read at that particular moment? that is what im feeling right now. i feel so content.

i loved everything about this. the writing was classic ahdieh - stunning and poetic.

the characters, especially mariko, were so real. wow. i loved mariko. she was the embodiment of a strong female. i loved the lessons she learned - how to not only accept her place as a woman, but the s
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 flaming stars! 🌟

This was even better the 2nd time round.
When I initially read, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it. My expectations were low because I judged it purely on my dislike for The Wrath and the Dawn duology. Which is stupid, and I'm glad I was proven wrong, because I LOVED it.
Such captivating, Mulan inspired story, in a world which had an enchanting Japanese backdrop, where the writing was so gorgeous I wanted to lap it up, and had such a bad-ass main character, Mariko. I loved everyt
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Did the people who read this book read a different book than the one I read? Because I did not get a romantic, action-packed adventure. I got a slow and plodding story with wooden characters and writing that was rife with purple prose. It wasn't even the fact that I went in with high expectations; despite the fact that Mulan is one of my favorite movies, I really did not like this author's other book, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, and that wa
4/5 stars

"Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain."

You might be saying to yourself, “Wow? A review for Mist in the Flame? Didn’t you promise to post this three weeks ago?” Actually, you aren’t, but I’m going to pretend you actually care and are. Which I reply to you. Yes. I was. But I got lazy. It happens. But better late than never.

First just a huge thank you for Penguin Teen sending me an arc of this book. You guys are the
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2017
“I will not be bandied about by men any longer. I am not a prize to be bought or sold.”

actual rating: 3 1/2 stars

Rating Flame in the mist wasn't an easy decision. At first look, it's definitely 4 stars but then you start thinking and noticing imperfections and you realize the fun alone is not enough.
It had so much potential and I expected more (considering my love for Mulan & Japanese culture).

All her life, Mariko wanted to be something, more than just a noble's daughter. Life as a girl

May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To give you an understanding of where this review is coming from, I'm a 1st-generation Japanese-American, bisexual, and non-binary. I was really disappointed with this book. (And yes, I knew that the book wasn't really a Mulan retelling going into it, so my disappointment has nothing to do with the marketing. But the marketing was crap.)

1. There are a whole bunch of historical inaccuracies. And before you yell "But it's fantasy!" understand that this isn't an alternate Japan. It's historical Jap
Reynita ★ The Night Reader ★
EDIT : I reread this book and I still enjoyed it but not as much as the first time I read it. I used to give it 5 stars but I changed my mind and gave it 4 stars instead.

"If I am marching to my death, then I
will march to it as a girl. Without fear."

This book is about a girl named Hattori Mariko, whose convoy is attacked by the Black Clan, when she is on her way to the palace to meet her future husband, the future husband she does not choose and love. She is supposed to be dead
Renée is an auto buy for me, so after screaming, I immediately downloaded this and started it.

I love Mariko right from the beginning. She's so smart and so strong, but she's unaware of her abilities. It was delightful to see her figure out her potential and place in the world. The members of the Black Clan are interesting and quite the enigma. I loved seeing their truths revealed.

I did struggle with the names and that is my main complaint. Each character seemed to have several nicknames, officia
♛ may

It seems I hold the unpopular opinion in regards to this book. While all my friends complain, I’m sitting here like ??? it was epic, where were you???


#1 First off, the fact that Renee wrote this book is an instant 10 point. She absolutely slayed me with The Wrath and the Dawn ((I love Khalid sm, my sweet child)) and while there are many parallels that can be linked between the two books, I found this one to have such a passionate charm.

#2 The writing is absolutely magnificent. It’s colourful a
Natalie Monroe
"It was a mistake. All of it. For as long as she'd known him, Mariko had despised the very idea of this boy.

But the truth of him?

The truth was not quite as simple. It was silent entreaty. A wordless plea."

Last time I offered a three-sentence summary of The Wrath and the Dawn. This time, I give you yet another short summary of Flame in the Mist:

Mariko: I'm going to dress up as a boy to infiltrate the Black Clan and find out why they sent people to assassinate me!

Okami: *works his chiseled c

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

“I’ve never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I’ve been angry at how the world treats us, but I see being a woman as a challenge I must fight. Like being born under a stormy sky. Some people are lucky enough to be born on a bright summer’s day. Maybe we were born under clouds. No wind. No rain. Just a mountain of clouds we must climb each morning so that we may see the sun.”

I was hesitan

Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You are first and foremost a person. A reckless, foolish person, but a person nonetheless. If I ever say you are not permitted to do something, rest assured that the last reason I would ever say so would be because you are a girl.” //

👏🏼I 👏🏼 LOVED 👏🏼 THIS👏🏼 BOOK👏🏼 Did not disappoint. Need the next book!
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Renee Ahdieh and it most certainly won't be my last. The writing is gorgeous, truly captivating me from start to finish. The feudal Japanese setting is fantastic and original. I have read very few books set in Japan, but I enjoyed this so much..I plan to fix that. The story is full of samurai, geisha, ronin, emperors, honor, secrets, and family. And even though at times the story was slower than I would've liked, I was enchanted through and through.

I read this as a buddy
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In contrast with her previous series (The Wrath and the Dawn) this book seems like more of the same.

A girl out for revenge. A guy out to find/rescue her. She falls in love-ish with the enemy. There's a potential love triangle. She says she's strong but really she's not. The magic is rather lame. The scenes are described in minutiae to the point it's bothersome, detracting from the plot.

Don't even get me started on the lame fight scenes, and then of course there's the dreaded cliffhanger. This
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-release
I loved this so much!
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like honestly, it's 1am and I'm staring at my bedroom wall wondering why I did this to myself ??

ಥ_ಥ ಥ_ಥ ಥ_ಥ

Review to come when I discover how to stop sacrificing sleep!


I seen this somewhere on Goodreads and my eyes literally fell off my head.



Yes, you read that right. Your eyes aren't failing you.


Yeah, I'm hella thrilled for this book like cmon. I can't be alone in this???


Hands DOWN, Mulan has to be
Buddy read with Josh and Amber!

You're probably thinking 'only 1 star?!'

Look, I know how bad 1 star looks so hear me out. I wanted to like this book. However, I never enjoyed a single second of it. I tried really hard to get into it but I really just struggled. Josh and Amber were really enjoying it but I just couldn't give a shit about the entire book. I was bored in every single page that I read. I never liked anything in it except for 1-2 sentences of female empowerment.

"I will not be ban
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
"Mariko… would not die a coward. Mariko was the daughter of
a samurai. The sister of the Dragon of Kai. But more than that, she still held power over her decisions. For at least this one last day. She would face her enemy. And die with honor."


I thought this was lovely.

An entertaining fantasy with an intriguing setting, sympathetic protagonist and Ahdieh's signature writing.

Buddy read with the lovely Laura so check out her great reviews, she is an excellent reviewer and even when we disa
Note: This is vastly harsher than my intial review, but after consideration, is probably a more accurate representation of my feelings towards this book

Personal Enjoyment Rating: 3.75 stars
Rating of Japanese Rep: 1 stars

Thoughts Regarding the Japanese Rep:

I'm going to put it out there because I sugarcoated this in my initial review, but there is an appalling lack of research in this book. I personally enjoyed the book because I was able to disconnect myself and go into this book knowing it wou
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