Series- The Sunbolt Chronicles # 1
Publication Date- June 17, 2013
Published By- Purple Monkey Press
Genre- YA Fantasy
The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Archmage Wilhelm Blackflame.
When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.
Sunbolt is the first novel of Khanani's I have read and I can tell you I will definitely be reading the rest of her works. When I first heard about this work I wasn't all that sure I would be able to get involved in the novel (it's not a genre I usually read or enjoy), but Hitomi and her story jumps right off the page and sucks you into the book, which left me sitting up all night flipping though pages to see what happened next.
The writing is done beautifully and keeps you enthralled in the world Khanani has created without being stalled by awkward sentence structure (is that a control freak thing? It might be a control freak thing) and I will be stalking this author for the rest of her writing career. I cannot wait for book 2 in this series to come out and while I wait I will be jumping into her other two works! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend Sunbolt to all the lovers of YA Fantasy.
*stomps off to corner to pout about having a spoiler free blog...* If anyone wants to talk to me about the awesomeness that is this book that would be great, thank ya.
About the Author-
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five.
Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed projects to address community health and infant mortality with the Cincinnati Health Department—which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.
Intisar’s latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles.
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