Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) By Renee Ahdieh [Review]

Related imageRELEASE DATE:  May 16th 2017
AUTHOR: Renee Ahdieh
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy,  Romance.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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.


Wow, Renee has done it again! This was such a wonderful read. Renee weaves beautiful stories that’ll never fail to captivate me. I loved her debut The Wrath and The Dawn duology. I’ve been dying to read this book since I first heard about it and I totally fell in love with that gorgeous cover. If you don’t know, I have a weakness for YA books that are set in feudal Japan. Though many people said that it was a Mulan Retelling, I felt both of the plots are quiet different except for the disguise thing. Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies and when I read the blurb of this book, I really wanted it to be something new not an exact retelling of the story. Flame in the Mist turns out to be very unique, original and beautiful. The highlight of this book is its lush setting and the beautiful writing style of the author. It is truly a masterpiece and I absolutely enjoyed devouring it.

Hattori Mariko is a daughter of a daimyo(feudal lord) and sister of dragon of Kai. She  lived a privileged life since young and at seventeen, she was promised to Prince Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort. The marriage will elevate her father’s social standing amongst the ruling daimyo class so Mariko agrees to this political marriage even though she’s not interested in it. During their journey to the Imperial City of Inako their litter gets attacked by the notorious black Clan. Luckily, Mariko is the only one who survives and she wants to  know the reason behind the attack on her and sets on a journey to find it out by herself. To not to get her identity discovered by her enemies, she dresses herself as a peasant boy in order to infiltrate the black Clan. On the other hand, her brother Kenshin, the dragon of Kai believes that his sister is still alive and tries to track her down. After some struggle,  Mariko finally meets the members of the black clan which includes their leader Ranmaru Takeda and his infuriating best friend Okami. They get pretty impressed by her and kidnaps her to their secret den not knowing she was actually a girl. Now Mariko needs to prove them that she’s strong and capable but as she gets close to them she realizes they aren’t what she expect them to be and discovers some dark secrets that leaves her in total turmoil.

I loved Mariko! She is a strong female protagonist who is fearless, smart, stubborn and daring. Though she doesn’t have a awesome fighting skills like Mulan, she does possess a unique skill that makes her special. I liked her character development where she slowly grows from a naive girl to a strong woman. I totally fell in love with Okami. He is intriguing, captivating and a bit mysterious character. He caught my interest from the start and well, he turns out to be pretty badass. The hate to love relationship between Okami and Mariko is totally epic. From the moment they meet, they don’t like each other much but when Okami was ordered to train Mariko on how to fight, he reluctantly agrees. I enjoyed their every interaction. I can’t stop grinning every time they try to annoy each other. The romance is sensual and super hot especially that cliff scene, I was literally fanning myself. Ranmaru, the leader of black clan is totally a mysterious character who harbors many secrets. I also liked Kenshin, Mariko’s brother. He’s quite affectionate and caring towards his sister and will do anything to save her.

The plot is captivating and engaging! Though the book began with a slow start, I wasn’t bored at all. I was totally immersed into the story right from the first page and It was  unputdownable till the end.  I loved the action, the romance, and all the twists. The plot also explores on the feminism which I really liked. The huge plot twist was hard to guess at the beginning but as the story nears to the end it was easy to figure out. The whole book was told in alternative third person POV. The writing is one of the best parts of this book that makes it so irresistible. It was lyrical, vivid, and very descriptive. The world building is definitely my favorite aspect of this book. It was lush, fascinating and so beautiful. There is also some bits of magic in this world that makes it even more fascinating. Renee perfectly nailed it in creating a beautiful lush world with a feudal japan backdrop. 

Overall, it was a fantastic read! The book finally concludes with a huge cliffhanger and now I’m dying to read the next book. I hate waiting but the next book is totally worth it! I can’t wait to know what happens next.

Recommend it?

Flame in the Mist is pretty much action packed read with a great plot, wonderful setting, beautiful writing, and an exciting romance, I highly recommend this book to everyone! It’s really an amazing read, don’t miss it!

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars14-stars1[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read this yet? Do you like to read this book?
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17 thoughts on “Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) By Renee Ahdieh [Review]

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate May 31, 2017 / 2:32 am

    I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed this one! I’ve seen some negative reviews flying around lately and am a bit concerned because this sounded really awesome!
    I love the hate to love thing ❤️ It’s definitely one of my favorite tropes. And I’m glad Mariko is such a fierce girl, even without proper skills. Sometimes I feel authors empathize physical strength too much and forget about the rest, creating very one dimensional characters. Thankfully, this was not the case.
    I’m super curious about this one! So many mixed reviews… I can’t wait to try it myself 😊
    Lovely post, Raven!

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    • ravenblake99 June 1, 2017 / 2:00 am

      Thank you! I was a bit worried before picking this up because of all the mixed reviews but i’m glad it turned out to be an amazing read. I loved every aspect of this book! I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

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  2. Analee @ Book Snacks May 31, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Omg yesss!! I agree with so much of what you said here. I loved Mariko and Okami!! I neeeeeed the next book though omg *cries* Lovely review Raven!! ❤

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    • ravenblake99 June 1, 2017 / 2:01 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you loved it too! Mariko and Okami are really great characters! I can’t wait to read the next book! 🙂

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  3. anovelglimpse May 31, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Wow! Such high praise. I have been curious about this book because I love this cover. It’s not my normal read, but after reading your review I might just give it a chance. 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 June 1, 2017 / 2:03 am

      YAY! This book is definitely worth a read! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

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  4. Candid Cover May 31, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Yay!! I am so happy that you loved this one so much. It is one that I really loved, too. The plot, the character and just everything! Lovely review. 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 June 1, 2017 / 2:07 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you loved it! I loved everything about this book and I totally fell in love with the beautiful scenery in this book! Can’t wait to read the next book! 🙂


  5. Marie May 31, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Great review, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed that one so much – and that it felt quite unique and different from the Mulan story – I love unique books ahah. I’m especially eager to get to know that main character, she sounds SO awesome 🙂 Lovely review! 🙂

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    • ravenblake99 June 1, 2017 / 2:11 am

      Thank you! Mariko is a great character! I think you’ll like her too! This book is definitely not a mulan story or it’s retelling. The plot is original and I really hope you give this a shot. 🙂

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  6. Lashaan (Bookidote) June 4, 2017 / 5:48 am

    So glad to see how much you enjoyed this! Since the first day I heard about this, I was really curious to see how people will enjoy it. A retelling of Mulan? It really sounded like something that has never been done before. It’s also really nice to hear that it isn’t an exact retelling and that it gives us a story of its own! Fantastic review, Raven! 😀

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    • ravenblake99 June 5, 2017 / 2:41 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad that it wasn’t a rip-off of the original Mulan Story! 🙂

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  7. Jen June 7, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a huge winner! I’m so glad you loved yet another book from her! I just bought her other series, so I need to jump into that series first before reading this book. 😀 Have you heard how many books are going to be in this series?

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    • ravenblake99 June 9, 2017 / 2:50 am

      OMG, I’m so excited for you to read The Wrath and the Dawn duology. It’s one of my favorite series. Like her previous series Flame in the Mist is also a duology and I hope you get to it soon. I hope you enjoy both of the series. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them! 🙂

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      • Jen June 12, 2017 / 10:27 am

        Fingers crossed it becomes one of my favorite series too! And awesome, thanks for letting me know that this series is a doulogy too!

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