Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
Intisar Khanani has an amazing, imaginative, detailed writing style. She sketches a fantasy world that is both breathtaking and intriguing. Her main character, Hitomi, is an enjoyable protagonist. She hides her affinity for magic and her role in the shadow league for the outside world.
The shadow league tries to overrun Blackflame, a dark and powerful wizard who is also very cruel and not afraid to shed some blood to get what he wants. His newest plan is to execute a leading political family. Hitomi offers to help the family escape, but gets more what she bargained for when she gets captured along with them…
Darkness and intrigue play a major role in this sometimes unsettling but overall very entertaining story about people rebelling against oppression, about one girl’s courage, and about the many faces of cruelity. This was an excellent, extraordinary read. Intisar Khahani is on my must-read list from now on.