Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
(The Sunbolt Chronicles #2)
Publication date: May 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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This is one world I can’t wait to dive into again. Memories of Ash is a well-written, well thought out fantasy. It has all the strengths of a great fantasy novel and none of the weaknesses. Seriously!
The main protagonist Hitomi is loveable, relatable and far from a wimp. Yes, she has magical powers that may be considered ‘special’ but he is someone who allows her moral compass to guide her actions and doesn’t hesitate to act selflessly.
The Eleven Kingdoms and its hierarchical structure are explored in Memories of Ash which helps to clear up a lot of questions and create a better understanding of he world of the mages. The main antagonist Blackflame is still crossing paths with Hitomi in the most unpleasant of ways and his quest for power and world domination will impact on the ones she most care about.
The plot is complex, involving situations that Hitomi has to maneuver and get herself and others out of. She has to accomplish this in a land where she is not sure who to trust. given her loss of memories, but her moral compass guides her unerringly, to time am time again, act selflessly and responsibly with her power.
There is a depth to the characters nd general plot which is hardly ever seen in YA novels and the character growth is formidable.
All in all, Memories of Ash is the fantasy novel of the year for me thus far and the author is to be admired for here creativity and ability to transfer her vivid imagination into words and bringing this complex and captivating world and characters to life. I highly recommend this book.
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. 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, featuring the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles.
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