Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunbolt Review


by Intisar Khanani

"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."
I only have one complaint about Sunbolt, and it is the same complaint I have for every short story I come across: far too short!

Ranting about length done, I loved this book (and not just because my name appears in the back in the acknowledgements). Intisar writes Hitomi well, allowing the reader to feel as if they are her. She's a strong and confident character, more than capable of protecting herself.

The Ghost had me intrigued and very curious. Who was he really? What is he thinking or feeling after the beginning of string of Hitomi's bad luck? Will he make a reappearance in the next book--I really hope so. I only got to know him enough to begin the curiosity. I mean he obviously cares about Hitomi in some way.

And then there was Val.

Oh, Val, I know so little of you. You are dangerous and yet I just want to know more and more. I began to forget about the Ghost and considered Val my new favorite. Val is intriguing. He's deadly dangerous, a bit harsh in his words, but yet...he keeps to his word. He shows moments of compassion that make me very hopeful that more may come from it. He even took Hitomi's secret very well, in my opinion.

And now I will eagerly await the next installment in the series (and hope secretly that its a bit longer!).