Releases 16 May 2017 from G.P. Putnam's Sons
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, but because she is not a boy, her future is out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. En route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns have been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan. She's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the heart of the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.
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Still recovering from the hydrodistention. It's a rough recovery to make, especially for someone with multiple chronic illnesses, so. Fun times. But I'll see y'all again Saturday.
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