Monday, 3 September 2018

Review: Yumi - Renee Ahdieh

When Yumi receives word of the battle led against her brother and the Black Clan by Prince Raiden and the Dragon of Kai, and of Ōkami’s sacrifice, she resents the bars of her gilded cage all the more. She’s tired of being a sheltered bird, protected in the Hanami. What Yumi really wants is to strike a blow against all the forces that control her life. The time has come.

Flame in the Mist Duology:
Flame in the Mist
Okami (Free Short Story)
Yumi (Free Short Story)
Smoke in the Sun

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Review:
Yumi is the second of two free short stories set between Flame in the Mist and the sequel Smoke in the Sun. They are very short reads and don't have a huge amount of plot to them but what they do really well is give readers a quick refresher on the major events of the first book so that we're ready to dive straight into the next one. That's something especially helpful to readers like me who have read a lot of other books in between and had become fuzzy on the details!

This may have been short but I really enjoyed being back in this world and seeing how Yumi reacts when she finds out what happened in the forest. Her brother left her in the Hanami where he thought she would be safe but she's managed to get useful information for them in her role as a maiko. After hearing about the latest attack she's no longer willing to sit back and let her brother do all the fighting though so I have a feeling she's going to play a much more active role in the next book!

These shorts have reminded me how much I enjoyed the first book and they've made me excited about seeing how the story ends in Smoke in the Sun.

Source: This is a free short story available from Amazon.

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