'Waiting On' Wednesday: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Having had the opportunity to meet this lovely author and hear her speak surrounded by other amazing authors, I finally went looking for what's next on her list. This book looks to be right up my alley given that it is being touted as Mulan (my fave Disney film) meets Tamora Pierce (easily my fave YA author of all time!!!) on Amazon. Who went a bit delirious at that description?!

  • Title: Flame in the Mist
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publishing date: May 2, 2017
  • Author(s): Renée Ahdieh
  • Series: Stand Alone (for now)
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.

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger.
As always thanks to Breaking the Spine for coming up with this idea, although it seems as if not since August 24th has a Waiting on Wednesday been posted at that blog site.

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