A tale of murder, betrayal and one girl's courage from #1 New York Times bestselling author Renee Ahdieh.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan.
Mariko has always known that being a woman means she's not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden - the emperor's son - Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued... or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.
Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan's hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she's ever known.
[An] elaborate fantasy set in feudal Japan . . . Ahdieh (The Wrath & the Dawn) is immensely skilled at crafting vibrant settings inhabited by sympathetic characters with rich pasts . . . readers will enthusiastically anticipate the next installment. - Publishers Weekly
Ahdieh's first duology (begun with The Wrath and the Dawn, 2015) propelled her to the top of the charts, and this new series starter brings that same blend of history, magic, and sensuality that drew readers in the first place. - Booklist
This story . . . will undoubtedly enthrall readers. - Kirkus
Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh's series starter begins with a girl-power bang. . . . A wonderful choice for YA shelves, especially where lush fantasy is popular. - School Library Journal
Renee Ahdieh is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn series and The Flame in the Mist series. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renee enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.