“In the beginning, there were two suns and two moons.”
Title: Flame in the mist ( Flame in the mist #1)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling
[Synopsis- Taken from goodreads]
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.
(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only, may contain coarse language)
This concept really sounded like Mulan ( I checked, it’s inspired by Mulan but set in Feudal Japan instead).
When the first chapter started with Harakiri ( When a samurai cuts his intestines out because he has dishonoured his master or something), I knew that this book was going to be intense.
Personally, I have really high expectations of novels that are set in Japan because I’ve loved the Japan culture ever since I started watching anime 10 years ago.
Mariko is attacked by The Black Clan as she is on the way to meet the prince, only she survives. Kenshin, Mariko’s brother tracks her till the massacre but he knows that she has escaped.
I did feel that the terms should have been translated, although I did understand some, a lot of term used about the clothing was a little difficult.
I stopped reading at page 76, I couldn’t get into the book or the characters and I felt that the world building was quite lacking.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!