Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!
Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t been around the past few days, I honestly have no excuse apart from getting over my illness but I’m back 🙂
I have another book to talk about today which was a gift from my lovely friend Chloe! She offered me Flame in the Mist, which I gratefully accepted as I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn when I read it years ago! I think it’s going to be a while until I manage to read this, but I’m excited for it.
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 Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love–a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽