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

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,649 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist—an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn.

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, K
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc, 2018
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,
Lola  Reviewer
Who invented duologies?

No, but really, since when is it okay for a series with such unique content and loveable characters to end so soon?

Yes, I am in mourning. I should be celebrating, because that ending is priceless, the author wrapped things up very nicely, but instead I am suffering from Flame in the Mist withdrawal. Just when you start caring for the protagonists so much… they are stolen away from you.

Hatred for duologies aside, I have to admit I admire Renée Ahdieh for knowing when to s
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“She would not turn back on what defined her…”

It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best it could’ve been for me. I felt like it almost lulled into a false sense of security, because the beginning was that good.

Firstly, this book had quite a few typos. Editors, what the hell?!
Secondly, it started off great. I was so excited to be back in this world again as I loved Flame in the Mist.

At the beginning of the story, we were re-introduced to the characters again (and others), their struggles, plus inne
destini mia
Jun 18, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
that feeling when you finished book 1 and realize book 2 probably won't be out for another year at least and that you've played yourself

why would i do myself like this
destiny ☠ howling libraries
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.
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!!!!!!!


August 2016:



Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Raide
Elena May
Jan 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally comment on book covers, but am I the only one who thinks the colors don't work together?

I see they were going for a red heart, but yellow dragons would look much better against the purple background, in my opinion. Or maybe light pink dragons?
Thank you to NetGally for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars!

“She would not turn her back on what defined her, even if others perceived it as a weakness."

I originally didn’t know what to think going into this, I thought Flame in the Mist was okay, and had no idea where the journey would take us, but this was SO good! I have to admit I had hit a bit of a reading slump part way through this for a number of reasons, I wasn’t as engaged as what I would of liked. There’s a lot
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was more political than Flame in the Mist. However, like Flame in the Mist it had some really awesome moments throughout the book. I really enjoyed this duology more than I thought I would when Flame in the Mist first came out. In my opinion, the characters had a lot more depth and detail to them than in the first book. I did have a couple moments when it was a bit blah for me but there were way more awesome moments that make those blah moments worth it. Those last few chapters were com ...more
Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2018
"This was what it meant to be truly free. To be herself and no one else.
To be loved as she was."

1) Flame in the mist ★★★★★


First things first: why didn't I five Smoke in the sun five full stars?
Well, there's only one thing Renee Ahdieh needs to work on: how to write endings. Seriously, she has written two amazing duologues but both of them had incredibly rushed endings. Plus, the epilogues are always too short. For example, here we don't know what happened to Yumi or Kenshin, two very importan
Actual review: 4.5

““Everything in life began with an idea.”

What an idea this book was. Smoke in the Sun is the second and final book in the Flame in the Mist duology, a tale inspired by the story of Mulan.

I found this book to be an entertaining, somewhat complex, and a feminist portrayal of character study that surpassed my expectations. I can’t help but state the one compliment that is hard to bestow onto YA books in general:

I did not see this coming.The story surprised me. The characters, th
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.75/5 stars.

Smoke in the Sun is the second book in the Flame in the Mist duology. This final instalment continues to follow Mariko, fiercely independent in a world that expects its females to be anything but. This fantasy, inspired by Feudal Japan, focuses on both the shifting allegiances and political intrigue of the Emperor's court, as well as the wider tribulations, troubling the kingdom.

Before beginning this book I only had the vaguest recollection of the first one. I could re
Tabi Card
May 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-own

Update: 8/12/17

*screeches like an excited pterodactyl*


Update: 1/13/18

Ok so I hope this is just a temp cover because, yeah I guess it's kinda pretty, but guys I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THIS send help.

Real Rating: 2.75

Last year I read the first book in this duology, Flame in the Mist. I liked it. It was alright. I gave it three stars. I also had so many questions in terms of worldbuilding and the magic system. I also had some problems with the oh, so intelligent main character, Mariko. Still, I was interested enough to read this book and see how it all ended.

Now, I must say, I'm only slightly more a fan of Mariko, and I still have so many questions about worldbuilding and the magic system. He
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, loyalty, attraction, betrayal, power.

THIS is how you write a second book. It was wonderful and I enjoyed it so much more than the first.

As I started this book I was like "help, what happened in the first one?" and I searched for recaps. Because you have to have read the first book to read this one, it picks back up only days after the first and there is very little reflection on what happened previously.

I really feel that Mariko grew and changed so much in this book, even more t
Jan 04, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-out-yet
Please tell me this is just the UK cover and they will come out with another to match US/hardback-Flame in the Mist please
Please tell me this is not a cover change
Please it's 2o18 dammit,
I thought we were freaking done with cover changing

Amelia Oswald
06/01/2018 : Eh I don't know about the cover though... There didn't have a face in book 1 why added it in book 2 huh ?
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
★4 Stars! Smoke In The Sun...
“Ingenuity could be a weapon, in all its forms. Her mind could be a sword. Her voice could be an axe. Her fury could ignite a fire.”


My favorite quotes from this book:

1. “It had taken her losing everything she knew to finally understand. Feeling pain and sorrow was not at all a sign of weakness.
It was a sign of love.”

2. “As swift as the wind, as silent as the forest, as fierce as the fire, as unshakable as the mountain.”

3. “A thing of beauty
A love stronger than fear a
The world building was great where I felt that I was consumed by the authors writing skills.

The book is really good except the fact that I got confused with the names….
Adah Udechukwu
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smoke in the Sun was well written. It was a spectacular sequel.
Noha Badawi
I didn’t expect the sequel to be this good but it was and i really, really enjoyed it.
Full review coming soon.
Joshua Gabriel (조수아)
Ingenuity could be a weapon, in all its forms. Her mind could be a sword. Her voice could be an axe. Her anger could ignite a fire.


May 26, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-release

Finished the first book

and saw that there's not even a publication date set for the next book yet

I don't really like waiting for a long time

but I'll wait for Mariko, Okami, Kenshin, Yumi, and the rest of the Black Clan.
I'll wait for you...

Untitled (Flame in the Mist, #2)

Cast of Flame of the Mist:
You do have a flair for the dramatic.

Kate (beautifulbookland)
I went into this book only really remembering that Flame in the Mist was a Mulan retelling, and that it was good. I could vaguely remember that Mariko and Okami were taken to the capital city, but that was about it. Hell, I couldn’t even remember who some of the names belonged to.

(Thankfully, Book Series Recaps exists, and it’s truly a blessing.)

I came out of this book, however, as complete Trash™ for Mariko and Okami.

Truly, they are the ultimate power couple, and I love them insane amounts.

Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

Ingenuity could be a weapon, in all its forms. Her mind could be a sword. Her voice could be an axe. Her anger could ignite a fire.

Smoke In The Sun is a final book in the Flame In The Mist duology. It is one of my highly anticipated books of this month, but sadly it didn't meet my expectations. The story was really great but I actually expected more from this finale. There's barely any action in the first half of the
Maddy Max
I'm sorry but I don't like this cover.
Just... no.
Yusra ✨
Mar 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-it-now
I did not know there was a book2?
& I’m not a big fan of the cover 😓
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars- The Wrath and the Dawn is a way better duology please don't let this let-down of a book deter you from reading that one.

I love Ahdieh and I loved the characters so much and I enjoyed the world. Unfortunately, this book is not as good as the first. Mariko is the narrator for the vast majority of the first book, and the spotlight is shared a lot more in this book, which isn't a bad thing if done well, but it just wasn't working here. It felt like this book had a ton of exposition chap
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