by Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 17th 2013
Summary 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 detainâand executeâa leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomiâs, 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.
In the darkness, something chuckles, a sound like the rustling of dead grasses, the snapping of winter-hardened twigs underfoot.
âAmused?â Kol asks. âI thought you would appreciate her.â
âYour men run like startled rabbits. Their noses even twitch the same way.â
I press my back against the wall, turn my head to face the door, and then slowly, while the lantern still lights the room, slide a glance towards the speaker.
Kol tries to laugh. âHumans.â
The creature doesnât answer. He sits against the far wall, his legs crossed, his back resting against the stones. He is tall and gaunt, so thin his face is but a skull stretched over with skin, his eyes so faintly colored that I can almost imagine they are not even there. His hair falls to his shoulders in a straggly fringe of white. His tunic and pants hang off his frame, and his hands where they rest over his knees are hardly more than bone. If he were human, he would be dead.
Kol says, âYouâll want to know a thing or two about your dinner.â