Retellings are just about my favorite books to read, so I internally freaked out when I heard that Flame in the Mist was going to be a retelling of Mulan. That combined with the story being set in feudal Japan was all that I needed to want to pick up this book.
The first half of the book lagged terribly for me. If it wasn’t one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, I definitely wouldn’t have finished it in two days. However, I’d heard so many great things about it that I did force myself to push through that first half. After that, it got a lot more interesting.
The plot (at least in this first book) is minimal. There doesn’t seem to be anything intricate going on in the sidelines yet, which is disappointing, but I’m hoping that that will change in the next book.
The characters are captivating, at least. The setting and descriptions are gorgeous, though! If for nothing else, read it for the settings.
I do recommend this, but it hasn’t been even close to one of my favorites of 2017 so far.