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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Summary: 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 ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


DNF @ 34%

The biggest disappointment of the year goes to…

Yep 2017 is officially cancelled.

I’m sitting here bored out my mind trying to connect with the characters and the world as a listen to it. It’s so boring like watching paint dry. I couldn’t for the life of me immerse myself into the world or give a shit to what happen to the characters. The only who perhaps had potential was Okami but he still felt bland compared to Khalid.

Shazi can whoop Mariko ass with a freaking arrow still in her shoulder blade. God she was insufferable on how the narrative goes on and on about her clever she is but she was more like a spoil brat.

This is NOT a Mulan retelling at all. Mulan posed as a soldier and to joined the war cause her father’s ailing health. Also to bring honor to her family since she felt like she dishonored it. Not posing as a dude to sneak into a dangerous clan or killers who tried to kill her in order to find out who the hell hired the hit on her..

If I hear ” like as” or Perhaps one more time…

This is not the Renee that I fell in love with her writing in The Wrath and the Dawn.

I don’t know what the hell this is.

Also I perhaps I dodged the bullet by DNFing this earlier cause I heard it becomes instalove towards the end.

Another one bites the dust.

Would I recommend?



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