Hidden Gem | Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

sunGoodreads 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.

My Musings: My intensity while reading this

This is the second book that I have read by this author and it is the second time that I have been blown away by her storytelling. It is impossible not to devour these books. To help you understand how good this books was, I was up all night reading this, and I have a five month old, so sleep is very precious to me!

Sunbolt was such a great adventure and I loved how there were so many different paranormal races involved, although I would have liked to have seen that in a bit of greater depth. I also loved the idea of a breather , they make vampires look positively tame in comparison. I had so much fun reading this I just wish that it had been longer, I didn’t want to leave this world so abruptly. Great read for fans of YA Paranormal. 4.5/5

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

About the Writing

There are some stories that write themselves, and other stories you write and write and write. Sunbolt was both for me.

I wrote the first chapter or so of Sunbolt as a short story that ended rather abruptly because I couldn’t figure out what the ending actually was. I wasn’t even sure what the story was about, so I gave it the working title of “Night Story” (since most of it took place at night) and left it at that. It sat quietly on my laptop for a long time, perhaps a couple years. Every now and then I would come back to it, scratch my head, make a few attempts to figure it out, and leave it alone again. Then, while traveling overseas to be with my in-laws during a family illness, the first three novellas of the Sunbolt Chronicles came pouring out of me.

Then I left Sunbolt alone again for nearly three years, while I polished up my debut novel to release and worked on other projects. When I came back to Sunbolt, I knew this was a project I wanted to publish and to complete (there should be about six novellas all told). So I started revising. The funny part? Not a single scene from the original beginning that I wrote and pondered over is left. Bit by bit, it got chipped away, re-visioned, and rewritten. But the story that it inspired still has me in its grip, and I’m looking forward to bringing you the rest of Hitomi’s adventures…

 Pay it Forward

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sunbolt will be donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF fights for the survival and development of the world’s most vulnerable children. Find out more at http://www.unicefusa.org.

Author Bio


Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five.

Intisar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, she wrote grants and developed 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.

Intisar’s latest projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, featuring a new heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife … and of course, she’s hard at work on the remaining installments of The Sunbolt Chronicles.

Website: http://booksbyintisar.com

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/intisar_Khanani

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Twitter: @IntisarKhanani


2 thoughts on “Hidden Gem | Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

  1. That gif is awesome! 🙂 Thank you so much for this fantastic review of Sunbolt. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it so much! Lost sleep is one of the greatest compliments a writer can get (though I must admit, having children who are just a bit older than yours, I do feel a bit guilty!). 🙂 Thanks again!


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