Memories of Ash (Sunbolt Chronicles #2)
By: Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Purple Monkey Press
Publication Date: May 30th, 2016
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.
With Memories of Ash, Intisar again delivers an excellent read. Hitomi is a character that the reader can’t help but love and root for. Her loyalty and sense of honor is unwavering, even against the undesirable odds that Hitomi faces. Familiar faces return, even ones that we didn’t expect to see again and ones that aren’t welcome, and new characters are added as Hitomi and her selflessness gains her even more unlikely aid.
The Eleven Kingdoms are explored more here, and Intisar’s captivating prose doesn’t waver as she encounters this new territory. Not only are the new environments related so wonderfully to the reader, but the subtle political lines that stretch across the story are just as well detailed. While Blackflame is the proper villain of the series, and his presence is felt throughout the story, there are other more dimensional villains that range from those who are playing their parts to get by to those that stand by will evil things take place.
Memories of Ash solidifies Intisar as one of my new favorite authors. Her characters, even the minor ones, are so well developed and her words and the story she has chosen tell with them are captivating. I think her biggest accomplishment is weaving all of this together without a romantic subplot. There are parts that could have developed in that direction, but Intisar has left any romantic notions to developed slowly and steadily and in the background to make way for stronger relationships built on trust and friendships. With such a combination of strong characters, plot, and writing, Memories of Ash should not be missed.
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.Find the author:
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