Mariko, an accomplished alchemist in her own right, has long known her place. As the daughter of a prominent samurai, she has been promised to a powerful man to elevate her family’s standing. While en route to her wedding in the imperial city, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous clan of bandits hired to kill her. Disguised as a boy, Mariko infiltrates the clan to track down those responsible. When she’s one of them, Mariko is appreciated for her intellect and abilities for the first time. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
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