Review: Sunbolt (Sunbolt #1) by Intisar Khanani

on Jul 4, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Series: Sunbolt #1

Blurb: 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.

Review: Sunbolt is an enchanting read, full of adventure and mystery. 

The main character, Hitomi was very interesting. She is independent with a complicated past. It will be awesome to uncover the pieces of her past as the series continues. 

It was very well written, the descriptions were lovely. The information and back story was given gradually, rather than all at the beginning (something I'm terribly guilty of doing myself). 

Also I loved the conversation with the crow! That was so cute and unusual, and really funny. It was something I had never read before. 

I think this book was great for setting up a series. Many different characters were introduced and I'm sure we will see them again in future installments. I'm really excited to learn more about all the fascinating characters that were introduced and to see were Hitomi's journey takes her next! 

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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the cost of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed projects to address community health and infant mortality 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 latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles.

About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012 she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time gaming, reading, drinking tea, writing, and staring at maps of mythical lands. M lives in Upstate New York, and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


Intisar Khanani said...

Hi Mal!

Thanks so much for your review - so glad you enjoyed it! I really enjoyed writing the crow scene, though you're the first person to mention it. I like that crow :) Hope you had a great 4th of July!

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