Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort. On her way to the palace for her nuptials her caravan gets attacked and she narrowly escapes death. In her quest to oust her assassins Mariko discovers a horrible side to the politics of the world as she knows it.
This immersive and engrossing read will grab your attention from the first chapter. You will find yourself rooting for so many of the characters because they all have their personal goals and motives that often times will cross paths.
I love how the author layered the stakes in the story in perfect tandem with the main characters' growths.
Fair warning that if you enjoy this book it will leave you with a hangover, so make sure to have the second book handy so you can dive in immediately.
This is a young adult novel I know will listen to again in a near future.