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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2 May 2017
Amazon | The Book Depository
From the #1 New York
Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping,
action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan
where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.
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. (summary from Goodreads)
I adored The Wrath & the Dawn, though I still have to read The Rose & the Dagger! But this one is definitely high on my wish list. I'm so in love with that cover. I just have to wait til May! In the meantime, Entertainment Weekly have released an excerpt to whet our appetites!
What book are you eagerly waiting on?