I blogged about this author’s first novel, Thorn, which was a lush, exotic, and beautiful retelling of The Goose Girl. If you haven’t read it, you should. Sunbolt is Intisar Khanani’s next offering. The protagonist is scrappy and strong, the plot is full of action and magic, and the setting is, again, a well imagined exotic land. Now, this is a novella, so I was done in an hour, but it left me satisfied with the resolution and yet still eager for the follow up book (summer 2015?). If you want a quick and engaging fantasy, you can’t go wrong with this pick.
Hitomi is a stranger in a strange land when she is orphaned and left to fend for herself. She learns to hide her magical talents, to maneuver through the streets and society as a sometimes thief, and becomes part of the resistance working against the dark forces moving into her adopted land. When a mission goes wrong, she finds herself once again in unfamiliar territory both with her magic and with her companion. This is a fast paced novella and my only complaint is that it ended before I was ready to say goodbye. Hitomi is a street smart protagonist with an intelligence and determination that readers will admire. Two secondary characters, the Ghost and Val, are mysteriously intriguing and I believe they offer a lot of possibilities for future books in the series. The magical system in this novella is easy to follow, so even novices to fantasy should be able to navigate this book with ease. Like Thorn, the lush and exotic settings are vivid and inviting. The prose is professional and flows with ease (I can’t believe this author doesn’t have a huge publishing contract). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already added the next installment to my wish list.
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This book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.