Waiting on Wednesday: Smoke in the Sun

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


SmokeintheSunSmoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Expected Date: June 5, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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. 

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 very the safety of the empire.


Renée Ahdieh’s Smoke in the Sun is soon approaching and I’m thrilled to see where she takes Mariko, Okami, and all the rest next. The hype for this duology has kind of died down but I’m still pumped by anything Ahdieh writes!

Are you excited for Smoke in the Sun?

Let me know in the comments below!

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