I’ve been hearing good things about Intisar Khanani’s writing and now, I can confirm that they’re justified.
I loved this book. It’s a pure and timeless fantasy. It mixes classic tropes with fresh and original ideas seamlessly. I especially liked how the many supernatural elements are introduced without fanfare, as they’re known and accepted parts of this world.
The narrator, Hitomi, is a young woman, a foreigner on her own in a country that’s recently been invaded. She’s also a rather junior member of a resistance movement led by an intriguing young man called ‘Ghost.’
When an operation to rescue the intended targets of a political assassination goes bad, our heroine finds herself captured and in serious trouble. Suddenly, her priorities are forced to shift in the face of unexpected personal revelations and the realization that she’s in far more danger than she knew…
The plot is a YA theme: coming-of-age, with magic… However, this is well-enough done to attract readers of all ages. The setting is vivid; the characters appealing… and we end desperately wanting to know where Hitomi will go from here.
And… that’s my only complaint. This book is too short; I wanted to spend much longer with it! However, since a sequel is on the way, no points deducted for that.
Until the sequel comes out, there’s one more novel by Khanani, ‘Thorn’ – I’ll be reading that one soon!
Many thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book – as always, my opinions are solely my own.