Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Title: Memories of Ash
Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles, Book Two
Author: Intisar Khanani
Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek (http://www.seedlingsonline.com/index2.php#!/HOME)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: May 30, 2016
Publisher: Purple Monkey Press
Price: US $3.99 (eBook), US $TBD (paperback)
Goodreads Rating: (To early to determine, April 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.

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My first encounter with Intisar Khanani's writing was THORN, a standalone fairytale retelling of The Goose Girl. I loved how the heroine was both strong and caring; a combination that continues to be present in THE SUNBOLT CHRONICAL'S main character, Hitomi. I also love the way her stories have a smooth forward motion, it is like riding a rolling wave of words; sometimes fast, somtimes slow, but always smooth.

I was excited when I saw SUNBOLT first listed on Goodreads and knew we were to get more of the author's skillfully woven storylines. This first book in the series was more of a novella length offering, but the author was able to describe an intricate setting with a solid magical system, and skillfully weave the backstory into the action of the current storyline. There is a fluidity to her storytelling. One of my favorite things about Khanani's writing is she also gives some new twists to classic paranormal villians and mythical beasts; making them uniquely her own.

MEMORIES OF ASH was more of what I adored about the author's other books. She filled in the magical system more. The new spells, and the magic behind them, were wonderfully creative and fresh. The story moves into the desert and we encounter the sights, sounds, smells, and politics of this new setting. And action! The author is an action scene craftsman. Once again I was captivated by the story and have given it...

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. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

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, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles, an epic series following a street thief with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, a dark mage intent on taking over the Eleven Kingdoms.                           Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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