Sunday, August 9, 2015

Review: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani


By Intisar Khanani

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.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: June 17, 2013

Pages: 142

Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles

My Rating: 2 stars

I have read and loved other books by this author, so I was really surprised when I finished Sunbolt and was not fangirling over it. The problems I had with it were numerous;

First off, it's shorter than I would have expected. The longer the fantasy book is, the better, in my opinion, because there's a lot of ground that needs to be covered in a fantasy novel. It needs to create a new world within its pages, and to do that sometimes you need length. There was not length here, and the world suffered because of that. It wasn't a cheaply created setting--on the contrary, there are some new things in here that I've never read about before. It just needs some more depth in it to make it seem real to me.

The second thing is the fact that the plot flowed choppily. In my opinion, the story had evolved drastically from what it was at the beginning to what it was at the end. It was like there were two different plots, in a way. I didn't necessarily like it.

The characters were alright. I didn't have any significant qualms with Hitomi; however, she failed to really stand out to me. I'm having trouble remembering any traits I really loved in her. She did her job as a main character, but she didn't do an outstanding job.

I have no plans to continue the Sunbolt Chronicles at this time. It was kind of forgettable, with all its flaws. Sunbolt didn't meet the expectations that I had for it.


  1. Sad to hear you didn't enjoy this - I currently have this book on my wishlist since I thought the synopsis sounded quite good. Might have to pass on it now though. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This seems rather original, but not exactly something I would have enjoyed either.

    Ivana | Block of Beauty

  3. I definitely agree with your thoughts on fantasy book length. There is so much to learn and so much to cover, short fantasy novels is usually just not a good idea. Ugh choppy plots and mediocre characters?! Bleh. Pass. Sorry you didn't like this one :(

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  4. Shame you didn't like this one (it has a great cover though!) Also, if you're interested I nominated you for the Blogger Recognition award:


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