Can I say that I already preordered this book in hardcover because the cover is breathtakingly beautiful?! Such cover love here!!! Anyways, this was my first Ahdieh book and to sum it up, it's essentially a Mulan retelling annnnd throw in some ronin with a bit of Robin Hood! Which is not what I was expecting! I liked that she's diversifying between her series, a whole different culture and land and people to write about. I enjoy a good love/hate romance and this had it. I thought the romantic interest was going to be one person but ended up being someone else. The book really picked up about halfway through and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Mariko is kick-ass and the Black Clan are very mysterious and hey, there's some magic going on here!