The Bone Knife

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Rae knows how to look out for family. Born with a deformed foot, Rae is wary of all things beautiful, instantly distrusting their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. His presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local villagers show up demanding his blood, Rae must find a way to protect both her sister's secret and their guest. Even if that means risking herself. More
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Words: 11,040
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781301193677
About 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 next two projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her short story The Bone Knife, and a novella series set in a fiction world of eleven kingdoms all controlled by a corrupt Council of Mages. Thorn is her first novel.

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Review by: Lynxie on June 24, 2015 :
Well, Intisar delivers another great short story.

The Bone Knife hints at a much larger story, one that I am extremely keen to find out more about. The loving, supportive family unit Rae (our protagonist) is brought up in, is a delightful change to the broken homes of a lot of new fictional characters are emerging from.

The two sisters are sweet and yet amusingly realistic in their taunting and teasing, but also their actions speak louder than words.

When an 'appalingly attractive faerie' arrives on their doorstep to conduct business with Rae's father, things begin to get interesting.

I loved the dueling dichotomy within the faerie character, the sinister and the alluring all wrapped up within a single package. It hinted at a far greater story in the first book of the 'Theft of Sunlight' series.

If you haven't tried anything by Intisar Khanani, do so today, her work is top notch and thoroughly engaging. I am still yet to read Thorn, but it is on my TBR list already. I look forward to more from this author in the coming years.
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Review by: Alysa H on May 22, 2015 :
An cute, unusual fairy story with likeable family dynamics at the forefront, but everything needs a lot more fleshing out.

Apparently it's meant to introduce characters who will soon be featured in a longer series of novels. The Bone Knife does work alright as a standalone short, but I suspect the fleshing-out was simply left for those subsequent books.
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Review by: Ris on Feb. 12, 2015 :
Very nice little story that persuaded me to buy the others just because I liked the writing.
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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Nov. 06, 2013 :
This is one of the most charming, easy to read and enjoyable little magic / fantasy stories I have read in a long time.

A bonus was to be able to read the first few chapters of the author's book 'Thorn' which, from what I have read, promises to be a great story.

I genuinely look forward to reading more from this Author.
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