My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After seeing so many wonderful reviews of this, and Khanani’s other books, I couldn’t resist buying this introduction to the Sunbolt chronicles and it doesn’t disappoint.
Fast paced and full of action, with a fiery heroine it hooks you from the very first page and doesn’t let go. I loved the authors writing style and the book as a whole reminded me of a lot of my other favourite YA fantasy reads (in the best possible ways).
My one complaint is that it’s just too short. At only around 130 pages it feels rushed and a little lacking in depth and explanations. The author has created an incredible world but doesn’t give us the chance to become fully immersed in it. I just wish it was that little bit longer with a bit more detail.
It is a great start however so I will definitely be reading the next book soon.
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.