Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

18075001The 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. – Goodreads

I loved this book. Quite honestly, the only thing I hated was the length—142 pages?! There’s nothing worse than a fantastic book being super short. Wait. There is. The sequel won’t be released until this summer at the earliest.

Hitomi is a wild Promise, a fledgling mage with little training. She reminded me a bit of Aladdin, orphaned at a young age, thieving, running from the guards and living on the streets.

She’s part of the Shadow League, an underground movement working to get rid of the terrible Arch Mage Blackflame, who kills people mercilessly and feeds children to fangs (vampires).

When Hitomi is captured in an effort to save several kids, she’s placed in captivity with a hungry breather named Val, who eats people’s lives/souls.

I’m not gonna lie—I was 15% in when I was like, damn it, Ghost and Hitami’s romance is going to be the focal point. Only…they didn’t have a romance. And it was awesome. Hitami was a total badass girl and I appreciated that. She is honorable, brave, and loyal to the League.

It’s a short book, and I don’t want to give much away. I rated it a 4/5 on Goodreads. I definitely recommend it!

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I received a free copy of Sunbolt through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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2 thoughts on “Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

  1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed Sunbolt–and thanks so much for your review! Yeah, I’m not a fan of insta-love or fantasy that’s really just about the romance line, so I’m with you on that one. 😉 As for the length… the sequel will be a full-length novel, so hopefully that will make up for how long you have to wait! Thanks again for the review. 🙂

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