Book Review

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist
Renée Ahdieh
G.P. Putman's Sons
May 16th 2017

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.

I couldn’t get into this book no matter how much I tried.

The story itself was a good story and I liked the characters but the story telling itself was what bored me.

The plot was good and I was interested to see how Mariko was going to figure out who was trying to kill her and how she survives the Black Clan. That was what drew me into the story, that and the romance.

I just don’t like how the story jumped around a little bit, going back and forth between different characters was a little bit confused why there had to be more than one type of different story parts for different characters. I feel like that doesn’t make sense.

The book wasn’t told from any character Point of View but it didn’t stick on one characters 3rd person and that’s what got a little confusing. One minute we’d be with Mariko, the protagonist then we’d be a few days forward with her brother then right back to where we left Mariko but there wouldn’t be a time difference. Also, sometimes it would feel like we flipped to I/Me instead of she/he so more first person.

Everything also felt a little too much like all the problems were solved too quickly which annoyed me. I like to read when everything isn’t so black and while and nothing is so easy.

Despite the problems I am going to read the next book because I want to see where it goes.

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