Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh

flame-in-the-mist-book-cover-renee-ahdiehWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a brand new story from The Wrath and the Dawn author Renee Ahdieh: Flame in the Mist!

Set in Feudal Japan, Ahdieh’s latest book is described as a mash-up of Disney’s Mulan and the film 47 Ronin.


You can snag a copy of Flame in the Mist starting on May 2, 2017! Keep reading for the official synopsis, or head to Entertainment Weekly for an excerpt.

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.


6 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh

  1. I keep wondering if May 2nd 2017 will be the May 3rd of 2016. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS released that day!!! I love the cover of this one. It reminds me of Rapunzel’s braid from Tangled!

  2. This is my WoW for the week as well! This seems to be a popular choice today. A Mulan retelling is on my wish list, for sure, so I couldn’t be happier about this one. I hope that we both enjoy it! 🙂

    My WoW

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