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Smoke in the Sun

(Flame in the Mist #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  10,808 ratings  ·  1,581 reviews
For weeks, seventeen-year-old Mariko pretended to be a boy to infiltrate the notorious Black Clan and bring her would-be murderer to justice. She didn't expect to find a place for herself among the group of fighters—a life of usefulness—and she certainly didn't expect to fall in love. Now she heads to the imperial castle to resume a life she never wanted to save the boy sh ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Emily May
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc, 2018
It was a night for magic. A night swirling with mystery, an unknowable energy pulsing in its depths.

Okay, I'm going to be honest about something: I remember enjoying the arc I read of Flame in the Mist last year but, before reading this book, I couldn't remember anything that happened. In fact, I wasn't sure I was going to continue with the duology. When I was lucky enough to get an arc of this sequel, I figured I'd just give it a shot.

And it all came flooding back to me in a stream of drama
Elena May
“Respect is not a thing granted. It is a thing earned.”

A fitting conclusion to the duology. Mariko is no longer in the woods, dressed as a boy and playing outlaw. It’s time for her to learn diplomacy and how to survive at court. The world becomes bigger, and we get glimpses into more characters and the magic system—something I sorely missed in the first book.

My biggest problem with the first book was that the characters’ morality was too simplistic, either pure good or cartoonishly e
Cristina Monica
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who invented duologies?

No, but really, since when is it okay for a series with such unique content and loveable characters to end so soon?

Yes, I am in mourning. I should be celebrating, because that ending is priceless, the author wrapped things up very nicely, but instead I am suffering from Flame in the Mist withdrawal. Just when you start caring for the protagonists so much… they are stolen away from you.

Hatred for duologies aside, I have to admit I admire Renée Ahdieh for knowing when to s
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She would not turn back on what defined her…”

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best it could’ve been for me. I felt like it almost lulled into a false sense of security, because the beginning was that good.

Firstly, this book had quite a few typos. Editors, what the hell?!
Secondly, it started off great. I was so excited to be back in this world again as I loved Flame in the Mist.

At the beginning of the story, we were re-introduced to the characters again (and others), their struggles, and their
destini mia
Jun 18, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
that feeling when you finished book 1 and realize book 2 probably won't be out for another year at least and that you've played yourself

why would i do myself like this
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
renee ahdieh is the queen of duologies. she has mastered the art of giving just enough of the story to satisfy the reader - not too much, and not too little; just the right amount.

it felt like this was the yin to the ‘flame in the mist’ yang. where the first book was very fast paced and daring, this was more calm and calculating. so neat how one whole story can come together with two completely different halves.

and whilst i am more than satisfied with the conclusion of this story, i cant help
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

Flame in the Mist : ★★★★ my review
Smoke in the Sun : ★★★½


"I would rather die for
love than stand by and watch my love perish."

My Opinion Time!

To be honest, I still can't believe that I have finished reading this book because I remember reading the first book months ago and I loved it and after I finished reading the first book, I felt like there was something missing inside of me and the sequel would fill this missing piece in me. So I was really excit
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I do wish this series was a trilogy though.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I love this cover, and I love the fact that it's got this gorgeous woman of color on it, and I love that Renee herself had a hand in ensuring that the color scheme still complimented the US hardback of the first book just so people wouldn't feel like their covers mismatched. <3 Precious. ...more
Aug 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
Update (October 2017): I'm pretty sure this book's publication date is now June 5, 2018 (not May 1st) and now I'm sad. 😭😭😭😭 Need need need need neeeeeeedddddd.

Update (August 2017): THE TITLE IS SMOKE IN THE SUN OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!


August 2016:



Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A wonderful conclusion to a duology that’s built upon its predecessor to create a magical world with colourful characters set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan. The story follows almost immediately after the conclusion of Flame in the Mist, with little time to catch your breath before the action begins. We find Mariko being transported to the Emperors palace to meet her future husband, the emperor’s eldest illegitimate son Raide
may ❀
me trying to figure out where this book went wrong

basic log of how it went:
first 100 pages: i am confusion
page 101 to 300: i sTaN
page 301 to 380: wait what???!!??
page 381 till the end: how bloody effing convenient

i have nothing else to say besides, where were there so many characters and why did i remember none?

2.5 stars
Thank you to NetGally for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars!

“She would not turn her back on what defined her, even if others perceived it as a weakness."

I originally didn’t know what to think going into this, I thought Flame in the Mist was okay, and had no idea where the journey would take us, but this was SO good! I have to admit I had hit a bit of a reading slump part way through this for a number of reasons, I wasn’t as engaged as what I would of liked. There’s a lot
Beatrice in Bookland
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
"This was what it meant to be truly free. To be herself and no one else.
To be loved as she was."

1) Flame in the mist ★★★★★


Why didn't I five Smoke in the sun five full stars?
Well, there's only one thing Renee Ahdieh needs to work on: how to write endings. Seriously, she has written two amazing duologues but both of them had incredibly rushed endings. Plus, the epilogues are always too short. For example, here we don't know what happened to Yumi or Kenshin, two very important characters. Yes, w
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was more political than Flame in the Mist. However, like Flame in the Mist it had some really awesome moments throughout the book. I really enjoyed this duology more than I thought I would when Flame in the Mist first came out. In my opinion, the characters had a lot more depth and detail to them than in the first book. I did have a couple moments when it was a bit blah for me but there were way more awesome moments that make those blah moments worth it. Those last few chapters were com ...more
It took a bit of time to remember the plot and characters from the first book. It's not usually this difficult especially when I remember loving the prior novel, but that's how it was here. In my notes, I found myself writing refreshers of who everyone was. However, once I got back into the plot and remembered all the details, I was excited to be thrown back into this beautifully written feudal Japanese setting.

While book one saw Mariko go undercover in the disguise of a boy in an attempt to inf
Actual review: 4.5

““Everything in life began with an idea.”

What an idea this book was. Smoke in the Sun is the second and final book in the Flame in the Mist duology, a tale inspired by the story of Mulan.

I found this book to be an entertaining, somewhat complex, and a feminist portrayal of character study that surpassed my expectations. I can’t help but state the one compliment that is hard to bestow onto YA books in general:

I did not see this coming.The story surprised me. The characters, th
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.75/5 stars.

Smoke in the Sun is the second book in the Flame in the Mist duology. This final instalment continues to follow Mariko, fiercely independent in a world that expects its females to be anything but. This fantasy, inspired by Feudal Japan, focuses on both the shifting allegiances and political intrigue of the Emperor's court, as well as the wider tribulations, troubling the kingdom.

Before beginning this book I only had the vaguest recollection of the first one. I could re
Real Rating: 2.75

Last year I read the first book in this duology, Flame in the Mist. I liked it. It was alright. I gave it three stars. I also had so many questions in terms of worldbuilding and the magic system. I also had some problems with the oh, so intelligent main character, Mariko. Still, I was interested enough to read this book and see how it all ended.

Now, I must say, I'm only slightly more a fan of Mariko, and I still have so many questions about worldbuilding and the magic system. He
Noha Badawi
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t expect the sequel to be this good but it was and i really, really enjoyed it.
full review
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, loyalty, attraction, betrayal, power.

THIS is how you write a second book. It was wonderful and I enjoyed it so much more than the first.

As I started this book I was like "help, what happened in the first one?" and I searched for recaps. Because you have to have read the first book to read this one, it picks back up only days after the first and there is very little reflection on what happened previously.

I really feel that Mariko grew and changed so much in this book, even more t
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please tell me this is just the UK cover and they will come out with another to match US/hardback-Flame in the Mist please
Please tell me this is not a cover change
Please it's 2o18 dammit,
I thought we were freaking done with cover changing

Sophie Elaina
This was a glorious part two to a wonderful duology!

The characters were by far my favourite aspect of this book. The protagonist Mariko is clever and strong willed, making for a powerful character to read about.
So often 'strong women' in literature are portrayed quite literally with actual strong physical skill and strength and that's great but you can be strong in other ways than physically! I can't relate as much to that as to a character that is strong mentally or intellectually or even emoti
So glad Andy told me about this audio! YOU ARE ACA-AWESOME!

Smoke in the Sun was a pretty good sequel to the Flame in the Mist. It continues right where the first book left off. Which if you haven't read that book, Mariko is on her way to the Emperor's Palace. Once there she will meet her future husband and find out some interesting information along the way.

Mariko is just an easy to like kind of character. I just felt so bad for her though because once she realized that Okami was captured, she g
Ardent Reader
The world building was great where I felt that I was consumed by the authors writing skills.

The book is really good except the fact that I got confused with the names….
*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
12/07/18 Full Review
Okay, I've had a few days to think about this book.
I'll say i liked it, but didn't completely love it either
I believe this a solid 3.5 rating, I do believe it was well executed, in terms of the plot and action, but it still had a few faults

I will have some spoilers from the first book and in this book. Spoiler alert for you, last chance

Okay, as we saw in the final moments of the previous novel, the emperor is poisoned by his own wife, since she wanted her son, Roku to si
Maggie ☘
Do you know this one deep quote which tries so hard to be dramatically meaningful but fails miserably. Ends up being pretentious and so full of itself it can't even see the light of day anymore?

(Hello to John Green's books btw!)

This duology start to finish is just like that one dreadful quote.

Meh. I probably shouldn't have expected anything better than book one which I also gave 2 stars to. This one was actually weaker than the first book in terms of the plot. I way disinterested in both the c
“Everything in life began with an idea.”

I really wanted to love this book, but I kept putting it aside for indefinite periods of time. Evidently, it took me over three months to complete – though I should attribute half the blame to my reading slump. However, Smoke in the Sun was far from dreadful; in fact, I thought it was a beautiful complement to the first instalment. It just didn’t have that zing to draw me back in each time. The story was pleasant enough while I was reading it,
Nov 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 1-star

And the lies this city wore--lies cloaked in silk and steel--shimmered beneath the surface, ready to take shape.
This quote perfectly encapsulates one of the larger flaws of Smoke in the Sun, and perhaps with most of Ahdieh's books, and that flaw is that Ahdieh tries too hard for profundity at the expense of clarity.

Metaphors are smashed together with little to no thematic or contextual purpose. Sometimes the language doesn't even make sense, as in the example above (the city is wearin
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
★4 Stars! Smoke In The Sun...
“Ingenuity could be a weapon, in all its forms. Her mind could be a sword. Her voice could be an axe. Her fury could ignite a fire.”


My favorite quotes from this book:

1. “It had taken her losing everything she knew to finally understand. Feeling pain and sorrow was not at all a sign of weakness.
It was a sign of love.”

2. “As swift as the wind, as silent as the forest, as fierce as the fire, as unshakable as the mountain.”

3. “A thing of beauty
A love stronger than fear a
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