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Flame in the Mist

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“The only power any man has over you is the power you give him.”

Holy guacamole. This was wonderful.


Alright. I wasn’t that into the first 30-40%. It wasn’t bad at all, but I just wasn’t really connecting. Mariko is on the way to her betrothed (the prince) when she gets attacked by who she believes is the Black Clan. She manages to escape (as told by the synopsis), but she refuses to return home and tell of her survival until she can figure out who paid the Black Clan to kill her. So, she infiltrates their camp and attempts to gain their trust.

Mariko has quite the aversion to men, being that men predominately rule in their society and women are left to please men. I totally get that, and Mariko was justified in feeling that way, but she does bring it up quite a lot. Almost too much, but whatever.

Anyway, about half way through, once we’re into the Black Clan hideout, things start to get interesting. And they just keep getting better and better. I literally could not put it down past the 70% mark. Like holy wowza… SO GOOD. It was non stop, action packed, with so many fun turns. AND THE END AHHHHH WHAT DO I DO NOW?!?!

I TOTALLY GUESSED THE TWIST TOO. And I don’t even care that I guessed it because it was so great. I was actually hoping I was right because just.. yes. So good.

Some of the highlights for me were:

1. Japanese inspired culture. Lush and gorgeous.
2. Okami. And he the fact that he has long hair.
3. Topknots.
4. The scene where Mariko falls from the… cliff thing.
5. Gorgeous quotes, like the following…

“A blossom can split through a rock, given enough time.”


I did have a few small complaints – one being the magic system. It was really confusing and not really explained at all – no rules were mentioned and it seemed very random. I’m assuming this will be explained much more in the next book, but it was odd to me that it was so sporadic.

The only other thing was the writing- not that it was bad. It just felt a bit dry and hard to follow at times. I felt the same way about Ahdieh’s other series too – ‘The Wrath and the Dawn’. Whatever, the story here is amazing.

All in all, I totally recommend this. I’d read it again in a heartbeat.

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  1. Reply April 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Ahhh, this sounds absolutely amazing and your review is making me so much more excited to read it!!

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      April 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Yay I can’t wait for you to read it! You must tell me what you think!

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    April 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Yay I’m so excited for this!

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      April 27, 2017 at 12:08 am

      I hope you love it!

  3. Reply April 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Hi just wanted to say I looove how you review so many differing and sometimes unheard of books in the fantasy genre!! I’m always looking for new ones, and sometimes it’s so hard when I see the same 10 popular (yet still awesome) books floating around on feeds and blogs! So just wanted to send a little love your blog’s way <3

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      April 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Oh wow this totally made my day! Thank you so so much! I love trying to find some unique and lesser heard of novels – there’s so many out there that totally deserve recognition! Anyway I really appreciate that and I LOVE your blog as well!

      1. Reply April 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm

        Yay I’m so glad!! Yes, yes I definitely know where to come when I need to find a Fantasy novel that is new and exciting – plus, looove the way you review them! And ah thank you!! 🙂

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          April 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

          Haha aww yay! That means so much to me- thank you for saying that! You’ll have to let me know when you read any of them /what you think!

  4. Reply May 6, 2017 at 2:28 am

    AHH GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT! I’m so excited for this book, and I still can’t believe that I get the ARC from Netgalley! I absolutely love TWATD, and if it has the same writing, I’m 1000% sure I will love it <3 I have the same complaint about TWATD, the magic in that book is also pretty unclear, so to see the same problem still presist in her second series make me really dissapointed…

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      May 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Congrats on the arc!! Thats huge! Yeah the magic was really my biggest complaint, but it doesn’t overshadow the story. I still loved it!! Let me know what you think 🙂

  5. Reply May 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Hello! So I also read an ARC of this, and totally agree, the first part was a bit slow. It got much better after the falling into water scene *wink wink*, I just feel like in general Mariko started changing from that moment on to be more confident. And I totally agree Mariko repeated a lot of stuff, it was a bit too much some times! I actually really liked The Wrath and the Dawn which left me slightly disappointed with this book because I though Shazi was more badass!

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