Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

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Goodreads blurb:

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.

Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

Review by Katy Haye:

Curl up in a comfy seat with a cup of tea and enjoy slipping into Hitomi’s world. Memories of Ash (like Sunbolt before it) truly isn’t quite like anything else I’ve read, which makes it utterly refreshing and a delight to read.

I’m running out of superlatives but I loved every part of this book. The world is stunning, the characters are complex and convincing, the writing is effortless (to read – I’m sure it wasn’t to write!) and the story swooped and whirled with lots of surprises along the way.

Memories of Ash is simply gorgeous. I feel like I’ve had a fabulous (if rather eventful) holiday. I really didn’t want it to end. As the percentages ticking along on the corner of my Kindle edged over 90 my chest started to ache with genuine grief at the idea of leaving. I can’t wait to go back to Hitomi’s world.

I think you could probably read it without first reading Sunbolt (first in the series) – but why in the world would you want to? Grab both on your eReader (both are 99p/c until the 30th), then you’ve just got time to read Sunbolt before Memories of Ash will arrive by magic on May 30th.

I received an advance copy of Memories of Ash (largely due to fan-girling all over Intisar Khanani about how much I loved Sunbolt) free in exchange for an honest review. But even if I’d had to sell my organs for it, it would still be worth 5/5.

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Want to win a Kindle Fire to read Intisar’s fabulous books on? She has  a Rafflecopter giveaway running until 15th June. There are lots of ways to win – check it out now!

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Katy Haye writes fast-paced fantasy for YA readers. Check out The Last Gatekeeper and The Last Dreamseer.

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3 Responses to Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani

  1. *Beams* Thanks so much for this wonderful review of Memories of Ash! I am so, so happy that you enjoyed it so much. 😀 It was grand fun to write, but you’re correct that the editing process was distinctly not effortless. *shudders* 😛 Thanks again!


  2. Brooke Banks @The Broke Book Bank says:

    Memories of Ash sounds fantastic and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this series before! Like the reviewers said, it doesn’t sound like anything else released. I love unique fantasy settings and kickbutt women, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

    thank you! I added both books to my TBR. Glad I found you.


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