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Okami is the first of two free short stories set between Flame in the Mist and the sequel Smoke in the Sun. They are very short reads and don't have a huge amount of plot to them but what they do really well is give readers a quick refresher on the major events of the first book so that we're ready to dive straight into the next one. That's something especially helpful to readers like me who have read a lot of other books in between and had become fuzzy on the details!
This may have been short but I really enjoyed being back in this world and seeing what is currently happening to Okami. We all know he allowed himself to be captured to give the others a chance to escape and he's fully expecting to be killed for his trouble so that just makes his actions even braver. I really hope we're going to see him manage to escape in the next book!
These shorts have reminded me how much I enjoyed the first book and they've made me excited about seeing how the story ends in Smoke in the Sun.
You must read Flame in the Mist before you begin this short novella. Read on knowing that there are spoilers ahead!
Well, I say novella but actually this is 8 pages showing Okami after he has been captured at the end of the first book. It could have easily been a prologue for Smoke in the Sun. Anyway, this short chapter gives an insight into the inner workings of Okami, how he feels about himself, his clan and of course Mariko. I really enjoyed exploring Okami's past and his memories of his father, I just wish we had a bit more of that and less of his inner musings about his journey in captivity.