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Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

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3.923,499 votes • 654 reviews
Published 05 Jun 2018
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Format ebook
Pages416
Edition10
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN 1524738158
ISBN139781524738150
Languageeng



After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

"Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)" Reviews

Emily May
- The United Kingdom
4
Fri, 21 Apr 2017

It was a night for magic. A night swirling with mystery, an unknowable energy pulsing in its depths.

Okay, I'm going to be honest about something: I remember enjoying the arc I read of Flame in the Mist last year but, before reading this book, I couldn't remember anything that happened. In fact, I wasn't sure I was going to continue with the duology. When I was lucky enough to get an arc of this sequel, I figured I'd just give it a shot.
And it all came flooding back to me in a stream of drama, action and royal manipulations! It makes me sad to think I might not have continued with this series and missed out on a lot of enjoyment.
I find myself remembering why I enjoy Ahdieh's writing so much. Her descriptions of the setting (a fantasy inspired by feudal Japan) are detailed and stunning. She really captures the place where the story is set. She's one of those authors who makes every scene feel a little bit magical, even when nothing supernatural is happening.
Smoke in the Sun is a less romantic book than Flame in the Mist, which is just fine by me. The relationship was left in a good place in the first book and I'm glad Ahdieh moved on to more important things instead of prolonging the angst. Here, Mariko finds herself in Heian Castle, playing the part of dutiful bride-to-be to the Emperor's younger brother, while the Emperor Roku himself becomes ever more violent and vindictive.
The perspective of the novel frequently switches to secondary characters to offer more depth to them and more layers to the story. Indeed, the secondary characters were even more interesting to me than Mariko and Okami. From Kanako, the former Emperor's scheming consort, to Kenshin, Mariko's brother and dedicated samurai who never got over losing the girl he loved. Characters who at first appear to be villains turn out to be more complex, which I love.
“We should create a world for women like us. It would be a thing to see.”

I love how this book shows a world where, on the surface, powerful men battle it out to be on top, but behind the scenes there are also powerful women pulling the strings. Mariko's friendships with Yumi and Suke offer a delightful break from the action and violence, and show that there is great power in one woman helping another.
A very engaging, fun, action-packed fantasy. Ahdieh's future in YA looks set to follow writers like Bardugo and Maas: a balance of magic, drama, action and romance that is a guaranteed bestseller.
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jessica
- London, UK, The United Kingdom
4
Thu, 14 Jun 2018

renee ahdieh is the queen of duologies. she has mastered the art of giving just enough of the story to satisfy the reader - not too much, and not too little; just the right amount.
it felt like this was the yin to the ‘flame in the mist’ yang. where the first book was very fast paced and daring, this was more calm and calculating. so neat how one whole story can come together with two completely different halves.
and whilst i am more than satisfied with the conclusion of this story, i cant help but feeling i preferred the first book. i think thats because the main characters spent a great majority of the book separated, and i feel like they grabbed my attention more when they were together. i also preferred the feel and style of the first book - this was a tad bit slow for my liking.
but overall, another fantastic series by a wonderful author. cant wait to see what she comes up with next!!
4.5 stars

Reynita
- Indonesia
3
Tue, 13 Feb 2018

THE REVIEW IS POSTED
Flame in the Mist : ★★★★ my review
Smoke in the Sun : ★★★½
3,7 STARS


"I would rather die for
love than stand by and watch my love perish."

My Opinion Time!
To be honest, I still can't believe that I have finished reading this book because I remember reading the first book months ago and I loved it and after I finished reading the first book, I felt like there was something missing inside of me and the sequel would fill this missing piece in me. So I was really excited and happy when this book arrived at my house and it was like a pure happiness for me. It was like the best day ever in the week ( it probably was ). But sadly, I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. Well, I still liked the book but I didn't love it. It wasn't amazing but it was a pretty good read for me.
The Pacing and Plot
Actually, before reading this book I had already expected that this book would be slow but I did not expect that it would be this slow. It was sooooo slow and I felt like there was too much information. It's not like I didn't need those information but my God, that was too much information for me and honestly I totally would skim reading this book, if it weren't for a certain character and the writing style but I didn't do it and I am so proud of myself for being able to be that patient when the book was soooooooo slow hahahaha.
and now about the plot, well the plot was good enough but oh my God, there were some brutal scenes and it was brutal enough to make me uncomfortable, grimaced, averted my eyes and I kept wanting to skim reading when I read those brutal scenes but I didn't do that because I was afraid I would miss something important and I still remember those scenes in my mind and I want to forget them so badly. I just don't want to remember them. Those make me afraid and uncomfortable.
The Romance
In my opinion, this book filled with too much actions and not enough romance. There was indeed romance in this book but for me it's not enough. I wanted more romance scenes between two characters I adored and even though, the romance was not much, I still liked it and omg, the romantic bond between Mariko and the love interest was soooooo sweet and fiercely strong and THIS IS MY RELATIONSHIP GOALS.
Their love for each other was so strong and they respected each other and they loved and treated each other equally
and it honestly brought tears to my eyes because that was exactly what I wanted to read and this is also what I want in real life. While I was reading this book, I kept wishing and hoping that one day I hopefully would get a man like him. The romantic relationship between Mariko and the love interest was just so beautiful.

"Ours is a love stronger than fear and deeper
than the sea," he said softly.

The Characters
Mariko was determined, fierce and strong. She's honestly like an inspiration for me and I felt as if there was this connection between me and her. I was just so proud of Mariko and I always agreed with her and nodding along with all of her decisions. She's certainly one of my favorite characters that has inspired me. In this book we also get know more about Yumi and I liked Yumi but not as much as I liked Mariko. I don't know what else to say. I'm speechless.
**SPOILER**
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**END OF SPOILER**
Overall, it was a good read for me and even though the book was slow, the book never bored me and the writing style was so pretty and I loved it so much.

This was what it meant to be truly free. To be herself and
no one else.
To be loved as she was.

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I stayed up all night to finish reading it and I honestly regret NOTHING! RTC
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I literally screamed and swore when this book arrived at my house. Yes, I was that excited. I AM SO READY TO READ THIS BOOK.

destiny
- Atlanta, GA
0
Fri, 17 Nov 2017

I love this cover, and I love the fact that it's got this gorgeous woman of color on it, and I love that Renee herself had a hand in ensuring that the color scheme still complimented the US hardback of the first book just so people wouldn't feel like their covers mismatched. <3 Precious.

Alyssa
0
Wed, 10 Aug 2016

Update (October 2017): I'm pretty sure this book's publication date is now June 5, 2018 (not May 1st) and now I'm sad. 😭😭😭😭 Need need need need neeeeeeedddddd.
Update (August 2017): THE TITLE IS SMOKE IN THE SUN OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Update (April 2017): I'VE READ THE FIRST BOOK AND YUP THAT ENDING THAT BOOK THAT ROMANCE THAT OKAMI I NEED EVERYTHING TO BE OKAYYYYYYYYYYYY. *grabby hands*
August 2016:
HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE FIRST BOOK BUT WANT THIS SO BADLY!!!!!!!

Sara
- The United Kingdom
4
Fri, 27 Apr 2018

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A wonderful conclusion to a duology that’s built upon its predecessor to create a magical world with colourful characters set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan. The story follows almost immediately after the conclusion of Flame in the Mist, with little time to catch your breath before the action begins. We find Mariko being transported to the Emperors palace to meet her future husband, the emperor’s eldest illegitimate son Raiden. Okami is captured, bound in chains beneath the same palace, and Kenshen is still dealing with the aftermath of his misdemeanours, with blood on his hands and his loyalty to his new emperor called into question.
This felt immediately like a more mature and well developed novel compared to the previous instalment. The characters are well established, allowing the author to build up an emotional connection with the reader. Mariko is now not only a fierce and confident ‘spy’, but also a source of inspiration to those around her - especially Yumi, who can see a similar conflict she shares with her own brother in Mariko. There’s also a certain amount of jealously over her ability to be readily accepted for who she really is by the Black Clan, which gives Yumi the strength to follow her own path based on Mariko’s courage. It was good to see both characters flourish after a promising introduction in The Flame In The Mist. As usual, Marko’s interactions with Okami are suitably tense and filled with the right level of passion to propel their love story throughout the novel.
I was surprised to find that my favourite character in the novel was actually Raiden. A deeply complex character, the older brother forced to serve a younger brother, brought up to hate him yet still resolutely loyal and protective of him. There are feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and a growing respect for his would-be bride Mariko that spills over into protection - not only for her, but the whole court. Kanako, his mother, is similar in her initial complexity. Again, she’s fiercely loyal to her son but I found that she was a little more reserved in her personality with little backstory to support her overall scheme and justify her actions. I wanted to know more about why Kanako made the various choices she makes throughout the novel, and also how.
The world building is subtle, with talk of demons and a complex magical system that binds humans to various creatures via a sacrifice. However, I felt it needed developing a bit more, and was lacking in detail. This was perhaps my main issue with Kanako, who’s story and plan is so closely linked to these demons that with a ore in-depth explanation of her journey and process to becoming ‘one’ with her various demons, I might have understood her more.
Other themes through the novel included the pattern of accepting responsibility for your actions and the idea that respect should be earned not given freely. Roku, as Emperor, has no one to keep him in check, allowing him to grow sadistic and mad with rage. Theres no empathy or compassion for his elders and respected council, leading to anarchy and destruction in his city. There’s no honour or goodness, unlike Okami, who has the respect and loyalty of his Black Clan family and the ability to lead where anyone will follow. They’re the light and darkness to the story and perfect opposites and the eventual showdown between the two demonstrates this well.
I enjoyed this thoroughly, and thought it was a refreshing YA fantasy novel that covered some important themes in an entertaining way. A great addition to the genre.