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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.
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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. Intisar used to write grants and develop 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. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles, and the Dauntless Path novels, beginning with Thorn.
My thoughts: I already love Thorn so this was a treat to read. Hitomi is such a great protagonist, thief, spy, agitator against a corrupt ruler. Oh, and has secret magical powers. Ones she has to use to escape capture by a Fang (basically a creepy vampire) who seems intent on killing her slowly.
But she isn’t alone, having saved the lives of a family and distracted the guards from finding her friends, she makes a new friend in a fellow prisoner and escapes to possible freedom and safety. It’s only a short novella, and there’s still more to come, which I cannot wait for. It ended on such a cliffhanger, I need to know more moment. Definitely worth reading if you like fantasy adventures, with smart mouthed heroes.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.