Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles #1)
By: Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Purple Monkey Press
Publication Date: June 17th, 2013
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 Arch Mage 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 my first book by Intisar, but it definitely won’t be the last. With a beautifully defined world, she has crafted an addicting new series and the first installment was all too short. With an opening that is more of a novella than anything else, Sunbolt was an addicting read that gave a great opening to a new story but felt like it lacked any true resolution.
The setting of the Eleven Kingdoms offered a vibrant atmosphere for Hitomi to live in. The mages and magic and the vast array of creatures it introduced meant that even though some of Intisar’s world felt familiar, her manipulation of these familiar things like werewolves and vampires had a refreshing turn to them. And taking a closer look at Hitomi’s world, Intisar weaved in a political movement, a capture, and a couple interesting mysteries that I am looking forward to returning to in the next installment.
Intisar’s prose was what made this short but sweet beginning so great. It flowed and hooked the reader right from the beginning. Her descriptions were given without detracting from the main story, and so much was able to be relayed about the world and Hitomi’s past all while the story moved forward in leaps and bounds. The only reason this isn’t a five star read is its length. While the ending did provide some resolution, I felt that there was too much left to resolve to allow the book to end where it did.
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