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.
Praise for Flame in the Mist A Spring 2017 Amazon Pick - Spring's Best Young Adult Fiction ? "[A]n elaborate fantasy set in feudal Japan . . . Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn) is immensely skilled at crafting vibrant settings inhabited by sympathetic characters with rich pasts . . . readers will enthusiastically anticipate the next installment."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"Ahdieh's first duology (begun with The Wrath and the Dawn, 2015) propelled her to the top of the charts, and this new series starter brings that same blend of history, magic, and sensuality that drew readers in the first place."--Booklist "This story . . . will undoubtedly enthrall readers."--Kirkus Reviews "Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh's series starter begins with a girl-power bang. . . . A wonderful choice for YA shelves, especially where lush fantasy is popular."--School Library Journal "[A] fun feudal samurai drama. . . . an action-packed and well-paced young adult novel."--The Washington Post Praise for The Wrath and the Dawn: #1 New York Times Bestseller #4 on the Summer 2015 Kids' Indie Next List! An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2015 - Young Adult A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens for 2015 A Seventeen Magazine Best Book of 2015 A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick "Lushly imagined and powerfully characterized, it's a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."--Publishers Weekly "This book is a fairy tale, a mystery, and ... promises to become a classic tale of its own."--VOYA ? "Set against a backdrop of political intrigue and a simmering revolution, this isa carefully constructed narrative of uncertain loyalties, searing romance, and subtle magic in a harsh desert city."--Booklist, starred review ? "The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author's adept world building... a surefire hit with teens."--School Library Journal, starred review ? "Renee Ahdieh's lush debut novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is a suspenseful and beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights, with an edge."--Shelf Awareness, starred review "Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling."--Kirkus Reviews "Sumptuous detail ... satisfyingly steamy scenes, along with some angsty push and pull moments between the two for optimal romantic tension."--BCCB "Don't be surprised if the pages melt away and you find yourself racing through warm, golden sands or drinking spiced wine in cool marble courtyards. This is an intoxicating gem of a story. You will fall in love, just as I did."--Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites "In her absorbing debut, Renee Ahdieh spins a tale as mesmerizing as that of her heroine Shahrzad, filled with lush details and brimming with tension. The Wrath and the Dawn is truly an exceptional story, beautifully written."--Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth "Ahdieh weaves a world that is lush with detail. You will want to hear, taste, and touch everything. But it's not just the world that is vividly alive. The characters are fascinating too: I loved the friendships, romance, and shifts in feeling. A beautifully written book, The Wrath and the Dawn is a story I could not put down."--Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winner's Trilogy Praise for The Rose and the Dagger #1 New York Times Bestseller ? "Beautiful, lyrical writing combines with a cohesive plot, richly drawn backdrop, and just the right mix of action and romance to create an undeniable new classic."--School Library Journal, starred review "Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love... In a story about stories, love is 'the power to speak without words.' Thrillingly full of feeling."--Kirkus Reviews "Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties... With more than a few heartrending twists and turns."--Booklist "[Ahdieh's] prose remains lush and evocative, ideal for sand-swept landscapes and racing hearts."--VOYA
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 16th May 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.52