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Flame in the Mist

By: Renee Ahdieh

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.

ISBN: 9780399171635

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Crime: General
Topics: Fantasy , Samurai , Ninja , Alchemy , Sibling rivalry , Romance

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Awards & Honors

Summer 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, For Teens
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
BuzzFeed 28 Best YA Books of 2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh’s series starter begins with a girl-power bang. Mariko is bound to the empire’s center as part of an arranged marriage to a royal son: a union she dreads. Her caravan is set upon by raiders who slash and kill their way through the convoy. Only through cunning does Marik Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh’s series starter begins with a girl-power bang. Mariko is bound to the empire’s center as part of an arranged marriage to a royal son: a union she dreads. Her caravan is set upon by raiders who slash and kill their way through the convoy. Only through cunning does Mariko emerge from the ashes relatively unscathed. No longer content to please her family by marrying a prince, Mariko now sets out with a vengeance upon the Black Clan, whom she holds responsible for her attempted assassination and the murder of her convoy. Her plan, not well thought out at first, involves infiltrating the ranks of the Black Clan, so she disguises herself as a boy and successfully meets up with the Black Clan. However, the leader of the clan, Takeda Ranmaru, suspects her—of something. The clan’s best fighter, Okami, or “The Wolf,” is more complex than Mariko originally thinks. And when she is forced to choose between her famed samurai brother, who is searching for her, and the clan, her decision becomes complicated by unexpected factors. Ahdieh’s strength lies in her intricate characterizations and detailed descriptions, all of which are perfectly showcased in feudal Japan. Elements of magic run through this Mulan-inspired tale as young boys turn into beasts and back into boys again. VERDICT A wonderful choice for YA shelves, especially where lush fantasy is popular.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston

Book Details

ISBN

9780399171635

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

416

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 26;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Putnam’s

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Crime: General

Topics

Fantasy, Samurai, Ninja, Alchemy, Sibling rivalry, Romance,

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