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The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist --an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn . <br> <br> 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, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.<br> <br> With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.
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Mariko is not the girl she was when she first left home to marry a stranger. After weeks of living, disguised as a boy, with a rogue samurai band, Mariko's wit, always sharp, has become finely honed. And she will need every measure of it: she's seemingly been rescued and is back where she started, preparing to marry the son of the emperor's favored consort. Meanwhile, Okami, traitor to the throne and the boy Mariko truly loves, has been captured and is awaiting execution. Mariko plays the part of simple maiden and dutiful wife-to-be while plotting Okami's rescue. But even if she can save him, she may not be able to free herself court intrigue runs too deep. Worse, a dark magic seeps through the court, and it could change the course of history. If the first book in this duology (Flame in the Mist, 2017) was a slow burn, this conclusion is all action. A few ends remain loose, but the pace is nonstop, and Mariko is a heroine worth following to the thrilling conclusion. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Ahdieh's been hitting best-seller lists since she debuted, and this highly anticipated duology conclusion won't be any different.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2018 Booklist
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