Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Intisar Khanani.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Intisar Khanani.)
Hitomi is an orphan, and she’s also a thief. A thief who hides her magical powers so as not to be captured and used as a source slave to a mage.
There’s talk of a political family being executed in the town of Karolene, and Hitomi is part of the team who will try to help them escape before they are captured, even if it means risking her own life.
Will Hitomi manage to ensure the family’s safety? And what price will she pay for their freedom?
This is a YA fantasy novel with a strong lead character, and a rich storyline.
Hitomi is such a strong character. She’s not hindered by the fact that she’s a girl, and she often dresses as a boy if it will aid her in what she is trying to accomplish. She’s not afraid of doing what she needs to do, even if that means putting her own life at risk, and she really is a beautiful character. She’s hidden her magic for so long, but she’s also worked hard at it and uses it to her advantage when she can. It really is nice to come across a character that has such strength and honour and compassion that she sees good in all different sorts of people, and always helps those who are at a disadvantage.
The storyline was full of action, and Hitomi really did go through a lot during this story. Even when she was the smallest person there, she had the biggest character, and even when she found herself in several difficult situations, she always had a plan to change things for the better.
I liked the length of the story, and I liked where we left Hitomi, and can only wonder where her next adventure will take her.
Overall; a good fantasy novella.
8 out of 10.