Toothless possesses two sets of wings one main pair and one smaller pair near the base of his tail. The first pair allows him to do a vertical takeoff. Behind that is a set of smaller wings that aid in gliding. This is later replaced by a mechanical fin that Hiccup constructs himself. As such, he is often seen donning the fin and its complementing saddle. Toothless' eyes are bright green, sometimes acid or emerald-green. They are located very near the front of his face giving him excellent depth perception and reflexes in flight.
He can narrow his pupils to slits when threatened or angry, similar to that of a cat. However, when he is docile or happy, his pupils dilate and become more dog-like. Toothless gets his name from his ability to retract his teeth. Toothless eats fish. In How to Train Your Dragon 2 , the spines on his head and forelegs are slightly longer. He also has three sets of extra plates growing on his lower jaw. He is also revealed to have a set of extended spines running along his back that aid him in making tight turns.
Toothless didn't know about them, but they were revealed by Valka. But other than that he is identical to how he looked in the first film. Toothless is also a lot more playful than he was when he first met Hiccup. It is also revealed by Valka that Toothless is the same age as Hiccup. This may be another reason for how well the duo gets along. While in Alpha mode, Toothless has blue markings on his back, fins, spines, and forehead, glowing because of the fire.
His nostrils also glow, as well as the back. In the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular , Toothless roughly has the same shape as his animated form, but his trunk is much thicker, presumably to house the animatronics mechanisms. He also has clear paw pads like a cat or dog on his feet. His coloration is also different — though mostly black, his underbelly is pale, and areas around his toes, mouth, and nostrils are fleshy pink. Toothless is the most intelligent of all the dragons and seems to have a dry sense of humor, similar to Hiccup's.
When Hiccup released him, he did not kill Hiccup. From here it was a little bit evident that he sensed goodness in Hiccup. He just had a few doubts due to which he did not let Hiccup near him for a few days. He doesn't take kindly to being offended, nor anyone offending or endangering his human friend but is usually playful and even a little teasing when not threatened. He shows a sense of great curiosity, imitating Hiccup's actions and mannerisms when they initially encounter one another and can understand Hiccup's words and commands as well as agree with some of what he says.
It is shown that he has become aware of Hiccup's relationship with Astrid , even seeming to briefly tease him about it, even though he did somewhat create it with the Romantic Flight scene in How to Train Your Dragon , which Toothless did to get Hiccup and Astrid together. Toothless can display a bit of an attitude at times, reflecting his shared dry humor with Hiccup. He isn't easily intimidated, and his daring bravado can get him into trouble at times. He is also not above using violence to reach an end unlike Hiccup, but will usually refrain when told to do so.
Overall, the biggest attributes of Toothless' personality come through in his relationship with Hiccup. Equally protective and loyal, he never hesitates to risk his own life when Hiccup is put in danger and is more than affectionate when the time calls for it. His sense of devotion also shows itself when protecting Hiccup's allies and other friends.
Toothless has shown to have a bit more of Hiccup's personality when battling Sleuther , seeing the fear in the other dragon's eyes, as it reminded him of when he had his first encounter with Hiccup. Toothless, although he cannot speak, shows a lot of emotions through his facial expressions and body language. Intelligence and Communication Skills: As a Night Fury, Toothless' intelligence is unrivaled amongst the other dragons and often displays the attributes of an incredibly strategic thinker.
Therefore, Toothless' intelligence is abnormally high and is much smarter than most other dragons. Toothless seems to be one of the few dragons who attempts to show creativity, as shown by his repeated attempts at drawing. He can comprehend silent commands via hand signals and motions and has also been taught by Hiccup to recognize his rider's Dragon Call as a summon. In " Stryke Out ", he was able to trick a Razorwhip in the fights and understand how helpless the Triple Stryke was and decides to spare the dragon. Speed and Agility: The Art of How to Train Your Dragon book notes that Toothless can fly over one hundred miles per hour and his design reflects his status as the 'Ferrari of dragons'.
His aerial acrobatics, though requiring Hiccup's help to pull off, allow him to escape rather brutal confrontations with little difficulty. In the Book of Dragons by Maggie Testa, it is stated that Night Furies can fly faster than miles per hour kilometers per hour. Strength: Toothless has shown to be tremendously strong for a dragon of his size, able to hold his own against other larger dragon species such as the Monstrous Nightmare , Whispering Death and Razorwhip.
He can carry heavy objects, such as boulders and branches with his front legs alone, as well as adult humans such as Stoick , Gobber , Alvin , and Drago Bludvist. While carrying Hiccup on his back, he was also able to carry Hookfang with the extra weight of Snotlout with little struggle, as well as catch Barf and Belch when they fell off a cliff. When flying at full speed, he can knock down a dragon-proof ballista straight into the sea. As a Strike Class dragon, Toothless has a vice-like jaw that can exert great force.
Stamina and Endurance: Toothless can fly longer than any other dragon. He has shown to be able to run long distance with no sign of being exhausted from the Cove to the Kill Ring. Toothless' bodily tissue is substantially harder than regular dragons, and he is also able to take a lot of damage in battle from Hookfang, fighting off the Berk warriors, and Stoick the Vast.
He can take attacks from his rival, and still look untouched. After he was poisoned by the Triple Stryke he was still able to fight and defeat him. Retractable Teeth: As a Night Fury, Toothless has the ability to retract his teeth when not using them. This unique trait can make him appear to be toothless, hence his name. Enhanced Senses: Toothless appears to have an uncannily great sense of hearing, able to hear Hiccup's cries for help from the Cove even when Hiccup is in the arena as even possible can hear a small bug like a fly buzzing far in the distance.
This good sense of hearing plays into his ability to use sonar, and he is seen using it in order to locate Dragon Island. He also seems to have the ability of night vision though Hiccup did question when flying into the dark cave so possibly his vision isn't that strong in the dark.
He is, however, able to echolocate like a bat ; sending sounds off and listening for them to bounce off objects around him, giving him the ability to find his way around in the dark. However, the good sense of hearing can often be used against him though, making him relatively easy to control and influence from the call of a Red Death or Alpha Dragon. Stealth and Camouflage: Toothless' black scales and extreme speed make him hard to notice, especially at night or in dark places.
Toothless has the ability to move with silence even in pitch black conditions, and be one with darkness. His signature attack is dive bombing and firing a precise and incredibly powerful blast, strong enough to destroy catapults and even knock down a Red Death in a single shot. Saliva: Oddly, Toothless' saliva has an incredible amount of healing properties. However, this was only stated in " Defiant One " to heal Snotlout's tongue after eating some strange berries.
It is possible Hiccup made this up, and the effect of the berries wore off. Hiccup also stated that Toothless' saliva doesn't wash out. It is also proven to be an effective adhesive, more than human saliva, as shown when Hiccup uses it to stick together parts of his map. Echolocation: In " We Are Family, Part 1 ", it is revealed that Toothless has a hidden ability that Hiccup never known about it, being so long with Toothless he finds a strange ability that Toothless can use echolocation to guide himself and Hiccup out of the cave they were trapped in.
Hiccup recalls later that "Toothless let out a weird sound that bounced back toward them, and was able to use that to get out". He also used this ability in " Frozen " when they are flying over the frozen sea looking for Johann's ship. He can then use it to see in clouds, which he fits when looking for the Skrill. He has also been seen sea skimming from one island to another. Synchronization: Thanks to the time they used the prosthetic tail fin , Toothless and Hiccup are able to fly together in perfect sync.
Not only that, but they also understand each other the best out of all dragons and Riders , which was demonstrated several times. Revealed by Valka, those leathery flaps are flat fins-like spikes, placed in "V" shape and extending from his back to the end of the tail. They gave him more maneuverability and control in flight, almost like a second tail. This also gave him the more menacing look, with his back, nose, and mouth glowing blue color similar to his fire, probably because of amount and strength of this fire inside him.
In this state, he challenged the Bewilderbeast. Dragons: Rise of Berk calls this glowing effect Toothless' Titan Wing stage, while School of Dragons calls it his "Alpha" look, indicating the franchise is unsure what to call this effect. It is also shown that Toothless, when in Alpha mode, can ignore the Alpha. Even when he is not in Alpha mode, Toothless only needs a blindfold over his eyes and side ears, and then he can ignore the Alpha.
However, some dragons are able to disregard his dominance. Baby dragons do not show regard to anyone. Also, dragons in a panic or un-thinking frenzy will or are unable to listen. This is demonstrated in the graphic novel , Dragonvine , when a large group of frenzied Silkspanners fails to heed Toothless and catch him up in their webbing. It is also revealed that dragons that are drugged with Deathgripper venom are immune to his commands.
Cloaking: Toothless has the ability to channel lightning which enables him to seemingly disappear for a short period of time, similar to that of a Light Fury. The lightning that Toothless channel around his body will also electrocute anything in his vicinity. Toothless is Hiccup's best friend and closest companion. Both depend upon one another to a great degree. Toothless is unable to fly without Hiccup, and Hiccup's lack of strength and traditional Viking skills, along with his prosthetic leg, are compensated for by Toothless' strength, speed, and power.
The two of them have become extremely close, and their bond of friendship has survived many harsh trials. Especially because of Toothless's maimed tail, their relationship is almost symbiotic. Toothless is able to fly in perfect synchronicity with Hiccup manipulating the tail perfectly mimicking Toothless' movements. Both Toothless and Hiccup have made serious mistakes while dealing with each other.
Hiccup wouldn't heed Toothless' warnings in " The Terrible Twos ", and Toothless would not allow Hiccup to aid him the battle with the Whispering Death in " What Flies Beneath " until Hiccup forced him into a position where he had to either save Hiccup or continue his vendetta. Even with these two extremely trying and difficult events, Toothless and Hiccup quickly reconcile, and together they overcome even the greatest challenges.
When Hiccup and Toothless first met, Hiccup prepared to cut out Toothless' heart but was unable to follow through. Ever since then, they were merely curious about each other, but eventually, this curiosity caused them to see each other's similarities. They bonded in the Cove, and Toothless would grow in his loyalty to Hiccup as he and the boy became more and more familiar with each other. Hiccup would soon allow Toothless to fly again, and in doing so he would give the dragon back the thing he held most dear. Toothless and Hiccup often fly together.
They have spent hours in practice, and both seem perfectly happy to stay airborne as long as possible. Gobber remarks how hard it is to get Hiccup off of Toothless, and he holds a fair point. The boy and dragon clearly like nothing more than flying through the rushing air as one. By the time of Snoggletog , Toothless is actually far more interested in his friendship with Hiccup than his own freedom. He is given the ability to fly on his own, but he is so determined to never leave Hiccup that he destroys his new auto-tail.
In essence, he very much wants to need Hiccup. Toothless is fully willing to risk his own life for the sake of his friend. He attacks Hookfang and fends off many Vikings that tries to attack him. Toothless would eventually dive into the exploding body of the Red Death in order to save Hiccup's life. In the events of " When Lightning Strikes ", after Hiccup is hit by a lightning bolt, Toothless' strong bond with Hiccup is displayed yet again when he breaks free from a restraint that he couldn't free himself from and dives into the water after Hiccup.
The two of them are always together and have become practically inseparable. Toothless follows Hiccup everywhere and enjoys the company of Hiccup even in the most mundane and normal daily activities. Toothless seems to be perfectly happy with Hiccup even though he has no other Night Furies. In " The Zippleback Experience ", Toothless is shown to be able to sense when Hiccup is in danger, as he intensely looked out to the sea when Hiccup was captured by the Dragon Hunters , despite not being present when it happened.
Astrid notes that Toothless does not seem to need anyone besides Hiccup to make him happy, and this is very often shown to be true. Toothless' position as Hiccup's first and best friend is never questioned, with Hiccup referring to him as the best friend he has ever had. The closest thing to compare Toothless and Hiccup's friendship too is like brothers. Even after Toothless was briefly brainwashed by Drago's Bewilderbeast to kill Stoick, after Hiccup initially yelled at Toothless out of grief and pain, he soon calmed down, breaking through the Alpha's control of his friend by assuring Toothless that he didn't blame him for what had happened.
Toothless in return challenged the massive Bewilderbeast solely through his desire to protect Hiccup, showing that their bond is unbreakable even in the toughest of trials. One year after they both became leaders of their community, Hiccup and Toothless still take time to play together despite their duties while also being dragon rescuers.
Hiccup relies a lot on Toothless for self-confidence. However, Toothless becomes distracted after meeting and falling in love with a white dragon dubbed a Light Fury by Astrid. Yet, when leaving, he can't help but stop and look back at Hiccup with a sad look, showing he doesn't want to abandon his best friend. This shows that perhaps Toothless never meant to leave permanently. The human world is just too dangerous for dragons and Toothless, as the Alpha, belongs in the Hidden World. Toothless is the last dragon to leave and not without a last sad look at Hiccup.
About a decade later, Hiccup sees Toothless again. However, Toothless is now wild again and doesn't recognize Hiccup until he sniffs the man's hand. Toothless and Hiccup then take one last ride together in the sky with their respective families. This shows that despite their separation, their friendship is still alive and well. Toothless and Stoick got off to a really bad start from the moment they first meet. Stoick charges Toothless, seeing him as the ultimate threat to the island and the very "Unholy Offspring of Lightning and Death itself". Initially seeing Stoick as the greatest threat when Hiccup needs to be protected, Stoick struggles, but even with his massive strength, he is unable to keep Toothless from pinning him to the ground.
Toothless prepares to kill Stoick with a fire blast, but Hiccup screams "NO! After that, he chains Toothless in a cruel yoke to find the Nest, after discovers that Toothless can be used to find Dragon Island. The dragon is surprised when Stoick jumps into the water to free him upon seeing that Hiccup was right about dragons.
When Stoick frees him, Toothless grabs Stoick and carries him to the surface rather than leaving the chief to come back on his own. After the battle of the Red Death comes to a close, Stoick believes Hiccup to be dead. He apologizes to Toothless in painful grief, but Toothless reveals that Hiccup is still alive. Stoick deeply thanks the dragon for saving his son, and the two of them grow to have great respect for one another. Rather than face him outright, Toothless would rather avoid confrontation altogether even at his the cost of his own discomfort, such as in "How to Pick Your Dragon ".
Stoick stands up for Toothless without hesitation in " When Lightning Strikes ", Stoick's and Toothless' friendship is fairly strong, and it is made even stronger by their mutual love for Hiccup. In " Imperfect Harmony ", Stoick entrusted Toothless to take care of Hiccup while they were out exploring new lands.
I was literally counting down the pages till this fucking ended. I finally learned true human suffering. This actually wasn't that bad in the beginning except for Mariko's constant repetition of "I am brave and I won't be weak" like every two pages and the fact that the plot and romance were utter shit. If I can go back in time to stop myself from reading, Iwould, in a heartbeat because ew, this was horrible.
Mariko is a daughter of a samurai who is betrothed to the emperors son. While traveling to meet him, her carriage is attacked and everyone is killed by The Black Clan. But she survives!!!!! Instead of going to back to her family, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and hunt the Black Clan to plot her revenge and earn her honor!! Sounds like a great idea!!!! If only it stayed as an amazing idea and not destroyed by being published in the form of this book!!!!
I get she wants to show her mama raised no coward, but like???? Hmmmm here's something wild, shut the fuck your mouth, glue that shit shut my dude, and actually do something that proves your bravery!!! They didn't come off as dangerous thieves to me. I literally feel like I sat through math class where I'm staring at the bored and learning fucking nothing and should've just skipped that class because,, what's the point?? You said you won't let love stop you and I was promised you'd be a badass who won't melt for some dick, but????
She was supposed to slaughter the Black Clan, not fall in love with its leaders best friend and have a change of plans!!!! I'm sorry, but what the actual fuck? And,,, this shit brings me to the romance. Guys, legit, I'm flipping through the pages of this book I'm reading the book and then all of a sudden they're kissing and wanting to fuck and I just cringe back, like, um yikes I liked it better when you wanted to murder Wolf boy. The romance just blossomed out of nowhere???? And it's not even the kind you want to ship, I want this romance to die because it's fucking cringe.
Overall, I'm not impressed and just want my time back that was spent reading this trash. And a x better book about Japanese mythology is definitely Red Winter. I totally recommend that book over this!!!! View all 54 comments. View all 8 comments. Nov 03, Roshani Chokshi added it. The layered-ness. The prosey-ness. So melt in your mouth delicious. I wanna eat it! Is it edible? No it is not. That was a mistake. Why did we do that. But I like it? What sorcery is this In short: pre-order this gem asap.
View all 12 comments. My expectations were low because I judged it purely on my dislike for The Wrath and the Dawn duology. Such captivating, Mulan inspired story, in a world which had an enchanting Japanese backdrop, where the writing was so gorgeous I wanted to lap it up, and had such a bad-ass main character, Mariko. I loved everyt 4. I loved everything she stood for, determined on destroying patriarchy and finding a voice for herself.
There's a lot of groundwork that has been set up in order for the story to be built upon and develop in the next book and it makes me so damn excited to see where it's headed! Sep 25, emi rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-stars , favorites , girls-kicking-ass , , cover-porn , fantasy , anticipatedreleases , i-spent-my-money-on-this. A review for Mist in the Flame?
Which I reply to you. I was. But I got lazy. It happens. But better late than never. First just a huge thank you for Penguin Teen sending me an arc of this book. You guys are the coolest. So now that I got all that out of the way. I just wanna say that this review isn't just a review. It's also my eulogy. Because this book actually killed me.
P Emi June May She died doing what she loves. Crying over fictional characters. I've been dead for three weeks and y'all didn't even notice. But I'm gonna forgive you if you pick up this book and join me here in the afterlife. This book is just so awesome? It makes me wanna run into the forest and join a group outlaws. Do they even exist anymore? Do they accept emotionally unstable introverts? If you like action, beautiful covers, girls who are better than you, and some other stuff, this book is just what you are looking for. It's also really informational? Before reading this, all I knew about Samurai is pretty much nothing and I learned so much about their history.
The writing is also so beautiful. Renee Ahdieh is establishing herself as a very consistent author which is great and all but she's also incredibly gorgeous so I'm very much intimidated by her entire life. So if you didn't know what this book is about. It's marketed as a Mulan meets 47 Ronin. I am unfamiliar on 47 Ronin, so I don't know how accurate that is. But the Mulan part. It's a pretty good comparison. However, if you are going into this book expecting the entire plot of Mulan conveyed using the English alphabet and paper, you are wrong.
It's there, but this book is its own separate entity. At the beginning of this book, Mariko, who's father is this big bad Samurai, is being sent off to marry some dude she doesn't love. Pretty stereotypical. But when she was traveling to go get married off, her party is attacked and everyone dies. But she manages to get away. Mariko figures that this group called the Black Clan was responsible because they wanted to kill her. So, instead of running the opposite direction like any sane person would, she disguises herself as a boy and goes undercover in the Black Clan to figure out why the hell they wanted to assassinate her.
I'll be honest. The first part of this book is kinda slow. There is just a lot of haning around, not doing much in the woods. But once you prevail into the last part, everything becomes worth it. Let's talk characters. Shall we? It's been awhile since I finished this book, so I don't remember too many details. But I'll try. Can I be her? I want to be her. She's better than you. My only complaint is that she's supposed to be like this mastermind with scientific stuff, but we don't get to see that a lot.
I wasn't paying any attention to his character, to be honest. I didn't think he would be important. Then Ahdieh went in a direction I didn't expect with him and I regretted barely giving him a second glance. Don't be me. Appreciate him throughout the entire novel. I'm gonna be honest with you. I kinda don't remember his character very much? He reminded me of Robin Hood though. He's Markio brother and he's kind of an asshole. But I'm not really surprised. But I did really love how much he loved his sister?
He set the brotherly love bar really high. I'm thinking about disappearing to see if mine would. He probably wouldn't even know I was gone. This book is amazing and you should read it. Honestly, I don't know how you are reading this and just ignoring the beautiful cover.
Except, is it a peacock or a phoenix on the cover? I just can't figure it out. View all 33 comments. She was not a half. The start?
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View all 41 comments. I used to give it 5 stars but I changed my mind and gave it 4 stars instead. Without fear. She is supposed to be dead but she survives and now, she wants revenge. She dresses as a boy and then she wants to find out who sent the Black Clan to kill her and why this person wants her dead. I didn't expect this. I didn't expect I would love it this much. I didn't expect the pain that I would suffer when I finished reading it. I swear, I thought about this book a whole night, last night, because I just couldn't forget how amazing it was and how it caused me a great pain.
I shed tears several times over the beautiful and powerful quotes in this book. The quotes are both beautiful, powerful and great at the same time and I found myself nodding and agreeing to these quotes. There are so many quotes that I love in this book and my copy is full of sticky notes. These are one of the quotes that I love : "There is such strength in being a woman.
But it is a strength you must choose for yourself. No one can choose it for you. We can bend the wind to our ear if we would only try. She would always let it feed her. Never let it consume her. But believe me, the quotes are so beautiful and powerful. Honestly, I can't decide whether it's slow-paced or fast-paced.
I mean, there are many things that happen in the book but when I finished the book, I felt it was so fast. But I also think it's slow-paced because I got the chance to know the secondary characters and the MC. Sorry if I'm being confusing hahahaha because I honestly can't decide about the pace of the book. I cannot tell you the story because it might be spoiler and I don't want to spoil anyone, But I laughed several times while reading it. They're just so funny and I can't help but laughing or grinning, when they bicker. The Romance "My heart knows your heart.
A heart doesn't care about good or bad, right or wrong. A heart is always true. It is enemy-to-lover and for me, it didn't feel rushed or forced to happen.
The MC and the love interest took time to know each other and they eventually developed feelings for each other and it happened slowly, not instantly and by the time I finished this book, I got these feelings that one day, I want to have a man that look at me and think about me the way the love interest look and think about Mariko.
I hope to see more of the love interest in the second book. I love to be destroyed by books. I swear, when I read this book and I felt like I was looking in the mirror, because I could relate to Mariko so much and Mariko was an amazing character. She was brave, fierce, strong, clever and determined. Look, even though I could relate to her very much. I wouldn't be as strong as she was.
Maybe I would weep. Everything she had been through was beyond what I could bear and she was strong and fierce to deal with these problems. Honestly, I want to be just like her. Basically everything that I have always looked for are all in this book and I am so glad that I read it. This book is beautiful and the quotes in this book are purely beautiful and powerful. I love them so much. Whether they are meant to be souls in love or souls in life remains to be seen.
All I can say now is, my heart is utterly severely broken. So I hope, it won't happen with this book. View all 40 comments. Jan 29, Stacee rated it it was amazing Shelves: physical-arc , will-read-this-authors-grocery-list , title-in-the-story , read-in I love Mariko right from the beginning. She's so smart and so strong, but she's unaware of her abilities. It was delightful to see her figure out her potential and place in the world. The members of the Black Clan are interesting and quite the enigma. I loved seeing their truths revealed. I did struggle with the names and that is my main complaint.
Each character seemed to have several nicknames, official names and titles and they were all thrown around. Often in the same paragraph. Eventually I sort of gave up trying to keep people straight. The plot is a bit of a slow burn, but it's captivating. I was sucked in right from the start. The ending is enraging and satisfying and I can't even wait to see what happens next.
View all 5 comments. May 18, Michiko rated it did not like it. To give you an understanding of where this review is coming from, I'm a 1st-generation Japanese-American, bisexual, and non-binary. I was really disappointed with this book. And yes, I knew that the book wasn't really a Mulan retelling going into it, so my disappointment has nothing to do with the marketing.
But the marketing was crap. There are a whole bunch of historical inaccuracies. And before you yell "But it's fantasy! It's historical Jap To give you an understanding of where this review is coming from, I'm a 1st-generation Japanese-American, bisexual, and non-binary. It's historical Japan, with real historical people and places. The only thing that makes this fall under the fantasy genre is that there's a little magic thrown in, which btw Ms. Ahdieh doesn't explain at all. We don't ever learn how this magic system works, who all has magic and who doesn't, what the limits of the magic are, etc.
But I'm getting off-topic.
In the end, Toothless spares the Whispering Death after defeating him. They then fly together towards the Hidden World. The next generation. Prather -The Gifts Linda S. Hookfang Toothless and Hookfang together Toothless and Hookfang bare a completely different relationship to that of their riders.
My point is, people who have no idea what they're talking about are praising this book for the historical research, and it's frustrating. Yeah Ms. Ahdieh learned some things about feudal Japan, but there's also a lot she messed up, everything from ridiculous character names to mentions of things that didn't exist in Japan until s of years later than when the story is set. I could happily go 20 years without reading another book involving cross-dressing written by a cis author. I'm so sick of it. And before you yell "But it's historical! Yes the language and culture is different from how it's treated in modern Japan or modern America, but you can write a historical book that challenges some ideas about the notion of a gender binary.
None of Ms. However , there's a part in this book where it makes no sense at all not to acknowledge bisexuality. This is a slight spoiler: view spoiler [When the love interest boy "discovers" the cross-dressing protagonist is a girl because he accidentally sees her boobs which btw is all sorts of problematic and harmful from a trans perspective , she kisses him literally a second later. And he kisses her back. If he thought she was a boy this whole time, and is kissing her literally a second after he sees she has boobs So he's probably somewhere on the bi spectrum?
But this is never discussed or even mentioned once in the whole book. It's completed ignored, and this boy's bisexuality is erased. When will authors stop writing things like "tabi socks", "chai tea", etc.? Tabi are socks. When translated, you're basically saying "socks socks. You don't need to resort to this. Crap like this makes it clear the book isn't written for Japanese-Americans like me, who should be the first people you consider when writing a Japanese story in English.
Related, I hate when "foreign" words are italicized in books. Especially when this is a Japanese character in Japan. These words aren't foreign to her, or to me. It's just another thing that tells me this book isn't written for Japanese people. I know some people call Ms. Ahdieh's books feminist, but I don't really agree.
I don't know if any of them even pass the Bechdel test. This book in particular has a cast of mostly men. There's one girl who does absolutely nothing in the story except exist for the lusty male gaze of the protagonist's brother, and then view spoiler [she dies in order to provide motivation for the brother to seek revenge. Can we please put an end to that sexist and dehumanizing trope? But I personally can't recommend this book.
View all 17 comments. She was more. Final Thoughts: i can't believe i made it to the other side; reading this book felt like one of the most difficult obstacles in my life and honestly i feel like my soul left my body somewhere around the pages mark so, i guess this is it. View all 55 comments. The rest of this book sucked. I was really really expecting a killer story, after hearing all the hype about it. It was killer alright Mariko was the complete opposite of what a selfless, avenging warrior lord's daughter is supposed be like. Because she wa "Death follows indecision, like a twisted arrow.
Because she was really self-flattering when she was wasn't great to begin with , whinny, spoiled and annoying. Aug 09, Nastassja rated it liked it Recommends it for: fans of Mulan retelling. Shelves: arc , 3rd-pov , cover-ecstasy , special-snowflake , dark-haired-heroine , eye-rolling , intiguing-concept , , swoon-worthy-hero , fantasy.
View all 73 comments. The only power a man has over you is the power you give him. Still, I was very excited to read Flame in the Mist because Mulan is markedly empowered compared to other Disney princesses. I've always been attracted to both Feminist literature and Japanese culture, and I am glad to say that this book met most of my expectations. I can't wait for the rest of the YA community to devour it like I did. Than The only power a man has over you is the power you give him. Resigned to her fate of domesticity, she travels to the city of her betrothed. Along the way, a group of unidentified men attacks her caravan.
In the aftermath, Mariko promises to unveil the truth behind her failed assassination and thereby prove her feminine worth. Mariko was not exactly a femme fatale, but I quickly perceived her inner and outer strength. The men around her treated her horribly, but she did not let them quench the fire in her heart. Mariko's ability to invent deadly bombs out of scratch also made her a force to be reckoned with.
In other words, she was anything but a damsel in distress. In one of my reading updates, I expressed how I despised the men in this book. Generally, they were arrogant, insensitive, and downright insufferable. I liked to think of them as literally cocky. I won't divulge his name because I don't want to spoil anyone. For now, let's just call him X. I honestly did not expect Mariko to fall in love with him because of his douche bag behavior. I understood that X treated Mariko like he would a fellow man, but I was annoyed nonetheless. I only managed to like him by the end of the book, when Mariko's secret was revealed.
He suddenly acted like a Feminist, so he finally won me over. The only boy whom I liked from start to finish was Kenshin, Mariko's twin brother. I was attached to him because of his "emasculating" humility; it was so easy for him to acknowledge Mariko's intellectual superiority. Furthermore, his confidence in his sister's tenacity made me smile a lot. Essentially, Kenshin and Mariko's relationship was very heartwarming in that it rekindled my desire to have a sister. I already have two lovable bros, but The otaku side of me affected my appreciation of this book. Only God and my brothers know how much I love anything that has to do with Japan: anime, music, books, you name it!
Hence, I had a lot of fun immersing myself in the harsh yet intriguing world of feudal Japan. Ironically, the main problem I encountered in this book was the elusive glossary. There were many unfamiliar Japanese terms throughout the novel, and I was too lazy to check them out online. It was too late; I wish I could undo my confusion. Overall, Flame in the Mist is an excellent retelling of Mulan. It is a testament to Renee Ahdieh's growth as a writer.
With that in mind, I can only imagine what else she has in store for us. Jul 08, April rated it it was amazing. A reckless, foolish person, but a person nonetheless. If I ever say you are not permitted to do something, rest assured that the last reason I would ever say so would be because you are a girl. Need the next book!
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