Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Samurai! A woman refuses to be ‘just a wife!’ Lady chemists for the win! A twin searching for his lost sister! Yay!

I had read Renee Ahdieh’s re-telling of Shahrzad (see The Wrath and the Dawn)  which was pretty good, though the love-triangle got a bit annoying in places. Here, the writing was not that great and while I want to know what happens, I could not get through the slow, slow pace of *girl cut her hair and disguises as boy *girl scouts the poor ugly dirty smelly people *girl is so very very tedious. Unfortunately, multiple view-points don’t help the plot move along.

I think the samurai brother is the most interesting character.
Opening the story with a prologue of gory seppuku might not have been the best idea either.

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