“Follow orders. Engender trust.
Strike when they least expect it.”
The story follows Mariko after she and her convoy are ambushed on the way to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed. The lone survivor, she sets out to get her revenge on the Black Clan dressed as a peasant boy.
“Control is an illusion. Expectations will not rule my days.”
I loved seeing Mariko’s character growth, how she came to realize some truths about herself that she wasn’t aware of before she was with the Black Clan. She becomes this strong character, appreciated for her intellect and abilities, and not for the fact that she is a female.
“I am not a prize to be bought or sold.”
My favorite part of the book (and this is the nerd in me) was the Glossary. I love it when books include this type of information so the reader can reference it when they come across something in the book they don’t know.
Renée Ahdieh’s writing is simply exquisite! I fell in love with her writing in The Wrath & The Dawn, and even more in The Rose & The Dagger. Flame in the Mist continues the gorgeous writing style, but at times I felt that it was hard to get into sometimes. Even though it took me a bit to get into, I flew through the book once I did. For that reason, I love TWTD duology more, but this was still a beautiful book. I can’t wait for book two, to find out what happens next!