Crack. I glance up, holding tight to the thread of my spell as the mountains throw a thunderous echo back to us.
–Intisar Khanani - Memories of Ash - c.2016
Book 2 of The Sunbolt Chronicles
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.
Yay! I get to return to the world of Hitomi and the Eleven Kingdoms!
Everything I’ve read by Khanani so far I’ve loved, and although I had to wait a while for this one, it is well worth the wait. I reread Sunbolt when Memories of Ash appeared on my kindle1 just to jog my memories of characters and plots. I tend to forget the details and need that reminder. And I’m so glad I did, because I loved my reread of the first book and could dive straight into book 2 without any of the “who s/he” moments I might have had without that reread.
I just love the world that Khanani is expanding on her. In Sunbolt it is a much tighter, narrower focus. We get to see some of a city, and then we’re pretty much isolated away from the outside world. Here we get to travel around much more of the kingdoms, learn more about the mages, and even parts of the history of the world. And all without ever getting lost in an info-dump or losing the urge to turn the page and find out what happens next.
Yesterday it rained pretty much all day long, so I barely left the house, this was the perfect book for me to spend reading. That’s really all I did with my Sunday, and I’d call it damn productive :)
pre-ordering is awesome when it works ↩