Memories of Ash: The Sunbolt Chronicles Book 2 by Intasar Khanani continues the adventures of Hitomi, who made her first appearance in Sunbolt.
I've waited a long time for this one and am delighted with Memories of Ash. I adored Sunbolt (reviewed here) and recommend reading it first to get some of the background.
Briefly: Hitomi lost her memories and nearly her life when she used her sunbolt in the previous installment. A year with Brigit Stormwind has healed Hitomi physically, but her memories have not fully returned. Stormwind has provided Hitomi with shelter and training for a year, when she is suddenly summoned by the High Council of Mages to stand trial for treason.
Alarmed by an intercepted communication, Hitomi prepares herself to follow Stormwind and attempt to sway the High Council. She experiences some narrow escapes and harrowing adventures on the journey, and by the time she arrives, Stormwind has already been convicted and sentenced. Hitomi, our intrepid heroine, has no intention of abandoning her mentor....
Khanani's prose flows and her characters live and breathe; some of the very minor characters live as fully in this world as do the more important characters. Magic and adventure at its best with a female protagonist who struggles to do the right thing.
*Hitomi makes mistakes, but has sound ethical and moral values.
*Hitomi doesn't expect to do everything on her own. Sometimes she asks for help.
*This isn't a romance; it is an adventure.
*I love Val and so many of the friends Hitomi meets along the way. But mostly Val.
I read it the day it appeared on my Kindle (I'd pre-ordered it) and my only complaint is having to wait to find out what happens in the Burnt Lands.
Oh, and Sunbolt is a novella, but Memories of Ash is a full-length novel.
Purchased for next to nothing! A bargain at any price.
Fantasy. May 30, 2016. Print length: 358 pages.