May 26, 2016

DeeJay Reviews: MEMORIES OF ASH by @BooksByIntisar #Fantasy

Memories of Ash
by Intisar Khanani

Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles #2
Publication Date: May 30, 2016
Format: eBook 
Source: Provided by Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review

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.

All the things I loved about Sunbolt are magnified in Memories of Ash. I am a true fan of fantasy if it is done right, and this book was definitely done right!

The writing is just superb. It's vivid and descriptive without going overboard. The author just has a way with words and literally has the perfect writing style for fantasy. So bravo once again, Intisar! I really loved the use of magic in this book. The author really appeared to have worked out all the details of how magic works in the world she created so it was always just so interesting to read about the characters using their magic and gifts.

So enjoyed reading about the different characters in this book, even Blackflame (yuck!). There was a nice twist that involved him and Stormwind and I didn't see it coming, so that was a nice surprise. It was great to meet new characters like Stonefall, but it made me smile to read about some familar ones like Kenta, who I can't help but like. I loved Hitomi in this book and I could tell from the very beginning that the "year" between the first book and this one has changed her completely. I adored her relationship with Val and still have hope that this relationship will grow into more. However, I am realistic and know this may never happen. Besides, this series is more about magic and less about romance. But that's a strong point for these books and makes them enjoyable for everyone.

Just like with Sunbolt, I don't have anything bad to say to about this book. It was exciting and magical and so well written you'll feel like you're a part of the world you're reading about. It's just that good. So this is on the highly recommend list. I just don't see how anyone can not like 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.


  1. Great review, Deejay! This sounds like a solid sequel and very well written, too! I like how descriptive and well detailed the world sounds, especially!

  2. What an awesome review! Thank you so much, Deejay! I am so, so happy you enjoyed Memories of Ash as much as you did Sunbolt. And ha! I'm really glad there were at least a couple twists you didn't see coming. ;) Thanks again!

    1. It was my pleasure! Thanks for writing such a great book!

  3. I can't wait to read Memories of Ash. I didn't read your review because I don't want to know anything going in. I found out about your giveaway through the author's twitter account.

    1. I never reveal any spoilers in my reviews, but I get not taking a chance when so many people do, lol. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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