A fantasy story needs a memorable character, some sidekicks, and malevolence. The Flame in the Mist has all of these things and more. Grindstaff’s sentences are as fantastic as her story, where a young girl must protect herself from her “family” who wish to steal her burgeoning powers. A great stand-alone fantasy for people with series-fatigue (though a sequel is in the works). This reads well both for middle grade and young adult readers -- but let’s be honest: adults love stories with brave characters against overwhelming odds.
And helpful ratusses as sidekicks.