Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist


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: Flame in the Mist

Flame in the MistTitle: 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 only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

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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!

About Renée Ahdieh

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Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

15 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

  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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