Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Break the Spine where bloggers can feature anticipated upcoming book releases.
I am suddenly interested in reading 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. 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.
I found this book on Fables Library‘s Top Ten Tuesday for Spring TBR. I looked into the premise of the plot and became interested in the novel. Flame in the Mist is set to come out May 16, 2017. I’ve read The Wrath and the Dawn (and started, but haven’t yet finished The Rose and the Dagger), so I know I’ll probably already love the writing and storytelling in Ahdieh’s new series. The story will feature Japanese culture and aspects from the Disney movie, Mulan. Plus, the cover is quite elegant and beautiful. What more can we ask for?