These two books by Renée Ahdieh take us to the world of fantasy where everything happens a bit differently. Mariko the girl with only one future ahead and that was to marry according to the wishes of her elders has a thought or two about her own life as well because of which she is bound to experiment but experimenting means she has to go against the rules. When she is sent for the marriage she is attacked by the Black clan and in order to save herself she dresses up as a boy and comes to know for the first time that she is appreciated in the outside world for her cunning ways, she even falls in love that was not allowed in her clan but the most hurting thing is the truth that is revealed to her related to her family.
She along with her lover Okami wants to correct the wrongs of their ancestors in the feudal Japan so that both of them can live a life full of love in the end which never appears to be possible but still they show commitment to do the impossible. Okami in the mid gets arrested that increases the suspense as what would be his fate and the fate of their relationship after that.
The whole story is a collection of well knit incidents the same sort that we find in the books like For a Muse of Fire: For a Muse of Fire Series, Book 1 – Heidi Heilig, Flame in the Mist – Renée Ahdieh, The Rose & the Dagger: The Wrath and the Dawn, Book 2 – Renée Ahdieh. The action and brutal killing is there but everything is done for the sake of love and thus proves to be the correct way from a lover’s point of view. The narrator of both the parts is Nancy Wu who has surely done justice with both the parts as far as the narration is concerned.