Flame in the Mist had so much potential, but I think between a plot that didn't engross me until the final third and a handful of bland characters (they aren't food, Joel), it failed to meet my hopes for the story.
It was still a good read though, don't get me wrong. Ahdieh's descriptive prose painted wonderful pictures in my mind of the beautiful forests in Feudal Japan and I loved some of the characters. But, I definitely believe that Flame in the Mist could've been better.
Also, I believe that this book was wrongly advertised as a Mulan retelling as the only similarities that Mariko and Mulan have is that they both dressed as men for a short while, their motivations were also about family but for completely different reasons. For Mariko, it was about honour but for Mulan, it was protecting her ill father from going to war. However, you can definitely tell it was inspired by Mulan. Mulan is my favourite disney film and I was so excited to read Flame in the Mist, but it just didn't work out for us in the end. Read More
Hey friends! I’m Joel, the main writer here at Fictional Fates. I’m a reader and writer who advocates for more diversity in literature.
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