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Memories of Ash

(The Sunbolt Chronicles #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,530 ratings  ·  306 reviews
In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind th ...more
Kindle Edition, 359 pages
Published May 30th 2016 by Purple Monkey Press
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Intisar Khanani May 30, 2016. I'm a little terrified by the fact that Goodreads is telling me this question is one year old. My apologies! I would have responded had …moreMay 30, 2016. I'm a little terrified by the fact that Goodreads is telling me this question is one year old. My apologies! I would have responded had I seen it sooner. :( But the wait is pretty much over, and Memories of Ash is already available for pre-order. Thank you so much for reading!(less)
Intisar Khanani Hi Susan! So sorry for the delayed response--I just saw your question now. I am so very happy you enjoyed Memories of Ash so much! *beams* I am workin…moreHi Susan! So sorry for the delayed response--I just saw your question now. I am so very happy you enjoyed Memories of Ash so much! *beams* I am working on Book 3, but it is slow going. I'm afraid I don't have any ideas on possible release dates--I'm still working on the first draft, and it usually takes me between four and six drafts to reach completion. But I will do my best to update this thread when I do have news to share! (less)

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Intisar Khanani
Mar 11, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Just a little teaser...

“Even if you both should escape, the Council will hunt you until they find you. And when they find what you are—it will not go well for you.”<br /><br />“What am I?” I ask carefully.<br /><br />“A rogue,” he says. “And that is what I hunt.”


Update May 30, 2016:

It's here! It's here! Thank you all so much for waiting for this book, and for cheering me on. I really hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!

Update March 16:

I am so excited to share the cover for Memories of Ash. Isn't it gorgeous? To celebrate, I have two giveaways AND you can pre-order the e-book for just 99 cents! And Sunbolt is just 99 cents as well in celebration, if you haven't read it yet!

Pre-order Memories of Ash:

What a wild ride! Once again Ms. Khanani delivers a top notch fantasy. I am so happy that this sequel is a full length novel, as I wanted to spend as much time as possible in this amazing world. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole novel, this author has some of the best pacing that I have ever read. No boring bits in this.

I loved all of the characters in this book, even the villains. The main character is so relatable (although honestly she is probably more moral than me). Ms. Khanani's b
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you pick up this book, be prepared to read it one go because you won't be able to put it down.

The sequel to Sunbolt has been well worth the wait. The story picks up a year after the end of Sunbolt with Hitomi studying under Stormwind in the quiet tranquility of her valley. But that tranquility is disturbed from the very first word of the novel (literally!) and from there the story just keeps picking up the pace and tension. Hitomi may have lost most of her memories and her past, but she is u
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Book with a Backbone

I consume a lot of fantasy and consider myself a thoughtful, discerning reader, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me that I had previously failed to appreciate just how prevalent in the genre is the convenient disposable character. This is perhaps the first book I've read, among years of fantasy reading, where the protagonist does not consider her own successful escape and happy ending to be worth another person's life. Shocking concept!

As with most fantasy, there is a
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Could not put it down!
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Memories of Ashes takes place a year after Sunbolt – Hitomi has been learning under Brigit Stormwind. Until one day a rogue mage hunter visits to escort Stormwind to the Council for a trial. Knowing Blackflame is behind the charges Hitomi decides to break Stromwind free.

MoA is one of the best books I’ve read this year; I am still on a high from it. I cannot even begin to describe my love for it. This high fantasy is nothing like I’ve read before – it probably has to do with romance usually playi
I love the characters. I love the world. I love the author. Please never stop writing!

I wish I could have read it all in one go but being a student again has really taken the wind out of my sails (so to speak).

I can't WAIT for Sunbolt 3!
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an early review copy from the author in return for an honest review. This has not in any way influenced my review.

I’m thrilled to be reviewing an advance copy of Memories of Ash! I love Intisar Khanani’s writing so much: I feel like she’s someone similar to me, who got fed up with the clichés and stereotypes plaguing YA. So she up and wrote the book she (we) wanted to read.

So! Memories of Ash. The second book in The Sunbolt Chronicles introduces a whole new city and a whole new host o
Katrina Waldman
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intisar Khanani is quickly proving to be a relentlessly, consistently fantastic author. I've read four of her works now, and while they are sometimes short, they never disappoint. My first read was in fact the novella that proceeds this full-length masterpiece, 'Sunbolt', and despite it's very short length I loved it so much that I eagerly awaited the release of this book which Khanani promised would be a lot longer. She delivered and while it took me a while to read considering I got hold of it ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic, sweet-heroine
Review 5/6/16:

I was expecting a lot from this book so that might be why I'm a little dissapointed. This is not to say that the book is badly written. The writing is beautiful and flows well. It's just missing a spark that I was hoping to find. There was always something happening, but I did not feel the rising tension or the excitement that one is supposed to feel at the climax of the book. I really liked Val in the previous book and was dissapointed that he didn't have a much larger role in thi
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviewed
I read Sunbolt which had been sitting on my kindle for a while; I knew that this was releasing soon and preferred to wait so I could read them back to back.
I was definitely not disappointed.
Picking up shortly after the ending of the SUNBOLT, Hitomi and her mage teacher Stormwind are visited by an old friend of Stormwind. A rogue mage hunter. Stormwind is escorted off to stand trial, leaving Hitomi behind. Still missing a large part of her memories, Hitomi is still Hitomi and sets off to rescue
Catherine Sullivan
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is even better than the first book! There is more character development for Hitomi, and it was nice to see all the seemingly isolated events and characters in the first book appear again and be so nicely woven together. I’d love to read a third book of Hitomi’s adventures!
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
March 16 - available for pre-order for .99 at Amazon … WOO HOO!!!!
Alex Can Read
My one and only complaint about the first book in this series, Sunbolt, was that it was too short. Thankfully, Memories of Ash has rectified that problem and is fully novel-length.

Memories of Ash was another fantastic read, and I am now going to go find and devour everything else by Ms. Khanani while I wait for the unnamed book 3.

Hitomi's adventures are a fun read. The central theme of "honor" that runs throughout the story is a strong driving force both for the character (s) and the plot. I c
Sefunmi Oladumiye
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Memories of Ash (MoA) is a fantastic sequel to the first book Sunbolt. The book starts out with a slow burning suspense which builds and builds to boiling point by 3/4th of the book. It literally had me screaming. It is a thrilling story filled with intrigue, magic, fantasy creatures and interesting places, all well described by the author. Intisar Khanani is a very good storyteller, who drops unsuspecting hints here and there, that after reading this book, I went back and reread parts of Sunbol ...more
This was so good! I don't understand why it's not more well known. I can't wait to read book 3! ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading my eARC of Memories of Ash as soon as I finished Sunbolt! I was very glad to have waited and read both books back to back because even if the ending of Sunbolt was not a massive cliffhanger and Memories of Ash doesn't start exactly were Sunbolt left us, no wait between stories that you are loving is always the best option!

Intisar's writing is fantastic, it's the kind that keeps you fully immersed in the story and that mixes descriptions with character development and moving the
Michelle (Bookaholic Banter)
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was outstanding and deserves a standing ovation! I can't stop thinking about how fantastic and fun this was. The first book in the series was interesting and creative, but this one blew the first book out of the water! This book picks up basically right where the first book leaves off and it's non-stop action and adventure from the first page to the last. It was so much fun to read.

Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. New characters, and more mythical creatures are in
This was fantastic. Intisar Khanani has quickly established herself as one of my favorite authors after the awesome Sunbolt and now Memories of Ash.

This book was SO good. Everything was good. The world was intriguing and complex; I loved seeing more of it. In this book, Hitomi travels to other regions and it's SUCH a pleasure learning about the rich and varied cultures in the book. You could easily tell which real world culture the author drew inspiration from, and it was really respectful and c
Melissa Sasina
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I must say that Memories of Ash does not disappoint in the slightest and held me completely enthralled for the past few days. There is plenty of action to keep Hitomi busy as she makes her way through one predicament after another, all of which I am sure will make her a much stronger person as the series continues. Struggling with having lost plenty of her memories in the previous book, Hitomi still remains strong. The conflict she faces, her motivations, her reluctance are all believable and ma ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rating-pg-13
Book 2 in the Sunbolt Chronicles is another excellent read. As with Book 1, I relished the eastern-flavoured fantasy world and the no-nonsense heroine. It feels a little surreal to say it, but here we are on Book 2, and the heroine has all these meaningful relationships with male characters of all ages and still not a hint of romance (as she's too busy saving the world). It's not that I don't like romance, it's just that YA romances are so often so frenzied.

I also enjoyed the concept of honour
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Edited March 17, 2017: I nominated Memories of Ash for best novel in 2016, Hugo Awards.

I loved the second Sunbolt book. I didn't want it to end and read so slowly, as a result. After initially feeling Hitomi's aloneness keenly, and her loss of self because of her loss of her history, it was wonderful to see how her reconnections were made with her past, and to preserve her future. To say more would be to offer up spoilers.

I hope there will be more Sunbolt books! Intisar Khanani has given us this
Nicki K.
Waiting patiently for book three is going to be a huge challenge. But oh-so worth it.

Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay wow... just wow! This book completely blew me away.

I am so happy that the writer decided to turn this book into a full length novel. Probably one of my favorite series of all time, and I have read a lot of books!

Hitomi, the main character, is just plain wonderful and I felt like I was there with her the whole time. She is still struggling with making the right decisions and I think she grew a lot in this book. She finally came to terms with the fact that she needs to accept help from other
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are some stories where you can see how the protagonist will get out of their scrape, and others where it seems impossible. This book features a tough puzzle to solve, with a powerful enemy who seems likely to succeed. And yet, the protagonist, who goes by a multitude of assumed names, and spins web after web of plots and lies, is quite clever. It's not going to be easy, but somehow... she just might make it. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book. ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my thoughts in any way.

Writing Style, Plot, Worldbuilding
Memories of Ash follows Hitomi on her journey to save her mentor, Stormwind, an unjust charges of treason. Won't delve into the plot too much because this is an advanced review and I don't want to spoil things. To start, I want to say, however, that the pacing was very slow until around 20%. In fact, it was incredibly hard for me to get in
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
So you know when I said I needed to know what happened after the ending of Sunbolt? MEMORIES OF ASH more than ably answers that question, and I stayed up (very) late following Hitomi on her adventures with my heart in my mouth. I’m loving Hitomi as a heroine - she’s resourceful and clever, and I can’t wait for the next book. ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again, I read this book in one night. I simply had to keep going. The hardest part was knowing that it was going to be a long wait to finish the trilogy. I hope the final book comes out by the time nod of the year. I will definitely be getting it when it does. I expect I will also be reading it in one day, or night, again

We meet so many more interesting characters in this book. Plus, of course, familiar favorites from the first book. Hitomi continues to grow, and learn. She still makes the hard
SO GOOD. Hitomi is an amazing character and the setting, the entire world, is - I was going to say "incredible", but even with its populations of shifters and mages and eldritch horrors, it is fully believable.

The plot twists and soars and plummets before resolving in such hope I lost my breath. I'm eager for the next book and more of Khanani's work in general.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-books
I enjoyed every moment, lost in this world. Well written, with layered back story and wonderful characters. The echoes and aura of the story will stay with me a long time and of course I'll be waiting for the next episode! Thank you! ...more
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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 currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as clo ...more

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