Waiting on Wednesday #85: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book:

Book cover for The Sun is Also a Star by Renée Ahdieh
Flame in the Mist
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

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A new Renée Ahdieh book? Sign me up! I am also soooo excited by the fact that this is a Mulan retelling as Mulan is probably my favourite Disney movie of all time and I have yet to read a book based on this story. I can already tell that this book is going to be epic and I can’t wait until the spring to have it in my hands!

15 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #85: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

  1. ReadiculousGirl says:

    I am so excited for this book, too! Renée is such an amazing author, and I think that she will do a great job honoring the original story while still making it her own. Now I’m just waiting for someone to write a Pocahontas retelling…

  2. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!) says:

    Yaaassss, this book could not come soon enough! I am curious to see if Penguin will do a preorder campaign for this book… imagine what they would send. That would be AWESOME! Regardless, this is hitting my (overflowing) bookshelves in May. I hope you enjoy this book when you get a chance to read it!

    Have a wonderful week, Olivia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Candid Cover says:

      Listen to you! I would love a preorder gift, however this will be one that I am going to buy as well. I actually cannot stop thinking about how awesome this book is going to be!! 🙂

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