Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (non-spoiler review) // important messages, beautiful settings and a hate to love relationship (my favourite)

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Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…

Synopsis

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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.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

This was a reread and honestly, I liked it a lot better than last time! I don’t know what happened haha but I really did enjoy it more.


PLOT
I could not put this down. I loved the action and the story was just so compelling. Everything about it was just so wonderful. From the pace to the journey our MC goes through.


EXECUTION

I love that this is set in feudal Japan! The world building and cultural aspects all felt so rich and vivid. I adored the setting.

I loved all the twists and turns and the plot twists were good! The start of the book is a bit slower but it picks up quickly.


CHARACTERS

Mariko: I love Mariko! She’s so determined and willing. She grows a lot and most importantly, she grows to learn and understand that she is no less because she was born a girl. That’s something that’s talked about a lot in this book and I loved that. Seeing her struggles with her position of power in society and in her family and just how she breaks out of that. There are definitely some moments where I just wanted to sigh at her (honestly that always happens) but overall, she’s probably one of my favourite female characters!

Okami: He’s such a strong leader and a good person. There’s a lot of mystery around his character but he was wonderful and I can’t wait to read more about him in the sequel

Kenshin: Mariko’s brother. Not 100% sure how I feel about him (don’t think his heart is in the right place) but I admire his love for Mariko.


ROMANCE

It’s a hate to love romance and I am so here for this. I love them together. I love their banter but more importantly they have a lot of scenes where they just discuss anything and everything + while banter is the best, seeing them establish an actual connection (I love heart to heart okay) was so heart warming.


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read Flame in the Mist? What about Renee Ahdieh’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


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11 thoughts on “Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (non-spoiler review) // important messages, beautiful settings and a hate to love relationship (my favourite)

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  1. I’m so glad you ended up enjoying this book more on the re-read! I find re-reading so great in that aspect; you discover that some books you disliked actually aren’t that bad. 😉 Nice review! I’m always there for hate-to-love romances too, and the Asian-inspired world-building sounds like it was terrific!

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  2. Happy to here that you enjoyed this even more than the first time! I actually started this book awhile back, and was really enjoying it, but didn’t have time to finish it! I hope that I’ll start it again, especially with the sequel out!

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