Ahdieh, Renee. Flame in the Mist. New York: New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017.
Hardcover | $17.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0399171635 | 392 pages | Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Flame in the Mist is yet another example of Renee Ahdieh’s skill as a writer, once again combining elegant prose with compelling characters and a rich cultural setting. I commend Ahdieh for the research she did into the culture and language of Japan, and while there may be things I’m missing due to lack of real familiarity with the culture, I felt she did it justice.
I love Mariko as a heroine, and admired her ability to take action against those who tried to kill her by infiltrating their group. And while I wasn’t sure about it at first, I quickly grew to love Okami, the leader of the gang. Their relationship is one that grows from antagonism to love as her secrets are revealed, and it not only feels like a natural progression, but it shows what a wonderful character he is himself, for admiring her as an equal.
I think fans of Renee Ahdieh’s Wrath and the Dawn duology who somehow haven’t picked this one up yet would enjoy this one. And although I’m aware people’s opinions on multicultural stories can be subjective, I think this would also appeal to fans of well-written, atmospheric multicultural stories in general, because Ahdieh not only shows her knowledge of Japanese history culture, but she shows her respect for it.