If saving your mentor wasn't difficult enough... Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani (Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway) @chapterxchapter @BooksByIntisar

Author Intisar Khanani is stopping by today to talk about her heroine's difficult journey. It's got some nice sarcasm that made me laugh, so check that, the book, and the giveaway out below...
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Memories of Ash
(Sunbolt Chronicles #2)
by Intisar Khanani
Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 359 Pages
May 30th 2016 by Purple Monkey Press


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 the charges.

Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery. If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.

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Ten Ways Rescuing Your Mentor Could Go Wrong

1. If you set off to rescue your mentor, you may unfortunately find that your enemies are guarding the magical portal you wish to use.

2. If you manage to trick your way through, you could make a wrong turn while traveling through the magical portal and end up in a dead land filled to the brim with ancient curses.

3. And you could accidentally bring a murderous mage with you.

4. If you manage to establish a truce with said murderous mage, you may find that ancient curses can still be quite active and bloodthirsty.

5. But not quite as cold-blooded as said murderous mage.

6. And not half so disconcerting as having a disembodied voice start talking in your head in the middle of everything.

7. If you somehow manage to evade both curses and mage, and ignore the voice in your head, you may then find yourself running from a pack of spell-beasts that would make your worst nightmares seem quite pleasant.

8. And while a magical creature coming to your rescue might seem like a miraculous thing, owing that magical creature a life-debt is definitely not. Especially when he wants you to go back into the cursed land to break apart the curses there.

9. If you manage to talk him out of an immediate repayment, you might find yourself on the edge of a desert with no idea how to get across.

10. Then, if you are taken in by a desert dweller, you will have to navigate bitter enmities when you get caught crossing enemy territory while traveling to the city where your mentor is being held.

And you still have to actually save your mentor…

Other Books in the Series

(Sunbolt Chronicles #1)
by Intisar Khanani
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 142 Pages
June 13th 2013 by Purple Monkey Press


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.

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About the Author

Intisar Khanani

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. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health 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 current projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles, an epic series following a street thief with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, a dark mage intent on taking over the Eleven Kingdoms.

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Have you read the first book in this series? It sounds like she's in a pretty good tough spot in this second book.

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