Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist

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The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko is targeted by bandits who wish to stop her arranged marriage, a situation that compels her to infiltrate the gang, disguised as a boy, to track down the person responsible for the target on her back.
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399171635
0399171630
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 22 cm

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CASSIE ERIN MAUL
Sep 18, 2018

'Flame in the Mist' offers a firsthand look into the strength that a woman can possess, even when raised with cultural barriers blocking her way. Mariko is intelligent and cunning, things that she is looked down upon for simply because she is female. After being attacked and nearly killed, she is forced to use her wits to survive.

As she hides amongst those whom she sees as her enemies, she learns things about herself and her family that she never knew, and not all are pleasant. Her character is well written and a good role model for younger women. The question of morality is constantly present, whether it be her deception of being a boy to her other lies and thievery, she constantly wonders if she is doing the right thing, leaving the reader to wonder as well.

This book is a strong case for gender equality, showing stereotypes along with those who accept that women and men can be equal. 'Flame in the Mist' is a good read for those who want to read about a strong female character who is still unsure about herself, yet who lives her life her own way.

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pcha012
Jul 25, 2018

Flame in the Mist is full of romance, bro-mance, betrayal, however I do advice for teens and young adults to read. Flame in the Mist gave me a spark of Japanese culture and tradition, which made me want to learn more and more. Although I do feel like this storyline gives me a feel of the movie Mulan, based on how she disguised herself to be a man. Overall this novel is one of the best I've ever read, I went through many emotions throughout the book and I just loved it! I would recommend many other young adults to read this, it really gave me a heart-warming and excited feelings!

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jun 29, 2018

I wanted to love this. Here's why I couldn't:
- Very light on the fantasy. Japanese folklore is rife with all things creepy, unique, and magical. But Japanese folklore plays a very minor role, at least up to the point where I stopped reading (which was at least halfway through).
- Our MC Mariko's internal monologue was tediously repetitive and offered very little to the story. I really thought I was going to be able to relate to her at first because the third-person narrator describes her as hesitating to make any moves in her life because she is always calculating. I saw myself in that line, and I'm sure plenty of other people understand that feeling, as well.
- The story itself was slow-going and overpopulated with characters. Ahdieh could have moved the plot forward at a much faster pace or could have fleshed out the characters (a smaller cast of them) to create a well-drawn, character-driven narrative. Instead, the pages are filled with descriptions of uninteresting, unoriginal actions that make for uninteresting, unoriginal characters: the seventeen-year-old boy who is a ruthless and incredibly skilled warrior; the geisha who is nobody's toy, and you can tell, supposedly, because of her body language as she plays a musical instrument (huh?); the supernatural, brooding love interest; the wise, old curmudgeon; the gang member with a sadist bent. Yada yada.
I'm going to have to rely on Studio Ghibli to give me strong characters and relationships coupled with a fascinating Japanese fantasy world.

LPL_ColtonS Jun 15, 2018

The Flame in the Mist is a compelling and engaging first book in a newer series by Renee Ahdieh. This historical fiction, mixed with magical realism, brings to life the old traditions of a warring, feudal Japan. After an attempt on her life, Mariko decides to disguise herself as a young boy and try to infiltrate the ranks of the organization who tried to kill her. Fascinating plot movements and intense action come together to tell this epic, Ninja V. Samurai story.

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Reef_4
Apr 05, 2018

ABSOLUTELY Loved this book. The way it absorbed you was fantastic. The way they implemented names from actual historical figures in ancient Japan was great. The plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat and was a brilliant page turner. I'm very keen for the next installment of this book. Overall an amazing read i recommend.

Olivia_H_ Mar 20, 2018

In this story, we've got Japanese culture, mythology and magic, action, romance, AND secrets (lots of secrets) and betrayals...and don't forget the strong female protagonist!

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navy_bird_249
Feb 03, 2018

LOVED the book I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it in one day! I love books and this is by far one of the best books ever!

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Librarylover200
Sep 25, 2017

This is an amazing book. It makes you cry, jump for joy, and feel the need to slap all the characters across the face, but sometimes everyone needs to feel that way. This story is always moving fast and heart wrenching at the same time! I will warn you the second book isn't out yet and that will be very... frustrating when you finish the book. It's a great read that you won't be able to put down!

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beaglebabygirl
Aug 25, 2017

I'll admit that I often don't read every page of a book. I read half and then skip to the final chapters. I wouldn't let myself do that with this book, though. While slow to start, this book is well-plotted with lots of twists and turns. It also bears mentioning that the hero of the story is a staunch feminist even as the heroine learns to love herself. I'll hand this readily to high school students.

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happycanuck
Aug 16, 2017

Found it a bit hard to follow ...the names of the characters and to keep the backgrounds of each straight as the names of the two main male characters had intertwined paths and am still not sure who was which in terms of their inherited lineage. The metaphysical powers of the Black Clad gang was confusing as it was revealed in the last chapters. A little slow going especially the internal musings of the main character got too long and repetitive ie became too much "filler".

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