The Bone Knife by Intisar Khanani is a prequel to a new series, The Theft of Sunlight that is hopefully coming out in 2021. This prequel was included in my copy of Thorn, which I loved, and I thought I would also share what I think of The Bone Knife.
Rae knows how to look out for her family. Born with a deformed foot, she feigns indifference to the pity and insults that come her way. Wary of all things beautiful, Rae instantly distrusts their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. Further, his presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local townspeople 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.
Even though this prequel is only 35 pages long, I felt incredibly invested in this story. Rae is such a sweet soul, and it’s no surprise that she attracted the attention of the faerie. I also loved how Rae’s relationship with her sister is so strong. She will do anything to prevent people from knowing that her sister possesses magical powers.
Beautifully written with very descriptive characters, this was a lovely nice short read that made me so excited about book one – The Theft of Sunlight.