“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.”
I liked Intisar Khanani’s debut novel Thorn, but that’s nothing compared to how I feel about her newly published novella, Sunbolt. I loved Sunbolt. The story has everything: interesting characters, action, betrayal, humour and a hint of romance. Add into the mix Hitomi’s ‘Promise’ – an ability to use magic -and you have a story that’s anything but average.
The first in a series of novellas, Sunbolt starts with Hitomi’s role as a supporter of the Shadow League, an organisation that’s formed in response to the oppression of Karolene’s people by Mage Blackflame. When she learns of a plot by Blackflame to murder a leading political family, she’s keen to help them escape. In stepping up to help others, she risks more than execution. The main plot is fascinating, the characters compelling and the paranormal population is diverse – expect vampires, mages, shape-shifters and ‘breathers’. It’s an action-adventure that held my attention from start to finish.
Intisar’s an indie author, and does her own PR, and since I loved this novella so much I got in touch with her to be a part of her book launch. For more info on the launch and the chance to win prizes in two giveaways, click here.