“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which bloggers highlight upcoming releases they are highly anticipating.
The previous time I participated in “Waiting On” Wednesday, I said I wanted to showcase one of my true loves. This week I want to do the same.
Title: Flame in the Mist
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
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.
Mulan is my favorite Disney princess, so when I found out Ahdieh was writing about a Japanese inventor who might have some similarities to Mulan, I knew I had to have this book. With a premise so promising and a gorgeous cover, it is one of my most anticipated releases of next year.
What book are you eagerly anticipating?