Monday, May 23, 2016

#Review: MEMORIES OF ASH by Intisar Khanani

5 of 5 stars

It's been a while since I read the first book in the series, "Sunbolt," but it was not a problem for me delving back into the story of the young woman Hitomi in "Memories of Ash." Ms. Khanani does a superb job of slipping in back story throughout the book without it feeling like it's bogging down the action in the story.

In the second installment of the series, Hitomi is faced with another life-changing decision. When her mentor, Brigit Stormwind, is summoned to High Council to stand trial on trumped up charges initiated by the evil, power-hungry Blackflame, Hitomi knows she has no choice, but to travel to the High Council and try to save the woman who has become more like a mother to her in the last year than her own mother who abandoned her all those years ago.

Ms Khanani masterfully weaves a plot full of wonderful surprises as well as heartbreaking choices we all must make when our choices do not go as planned. The supporting cast is so well fleshed out that even when they stand against Hitomi, their humanity shines through. It's so hard to pick a favorite character, but the Lycan Captain was such an intriguing character, I felt an instant kinship with him. This is not a book to read quickly--it is best savored over several days, which of course, I could not do. That first reading was so intense, I couldn't put the book down. Ms. Khanani clearly stands head and shoulders above the usual YA authors I've read recently. Her stories are rich not only in detail, but in honor, in intrigue and in surprising the reader at every turn. I thoroughly recommend this series--it is a superb piece of storytelling. Now, we all must wait in excruciating anticipation for the next volume! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Book details:

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
(The Sunbolt Chronicles #2)
Publication date: May 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.

Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.

If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.

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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health 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 current projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, featuring the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles.

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