Review – The Bone Knife by Intisar Khanani

Title The Bone Knife
Author Intisar Khanani
Release Date October 22, 2012
Date Finished January 1, 2021
Availability Published along with 2020 edition of Thorn by Intisar Khanani


Rae knows how to look out for 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.

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to stumble upon this novella. I have The Theft of Sunlight in my NetGalley queue right now and this novella introduces the main characters. Also, you probably know this by now, but I love a good novella (and so does my GoodReads goal 😂).

Some Things I Liked

  • The length. This novella was a super quick read and I found myself very interested in the characters. I’m eager to know more and to read the full length novel that comes next in the series.
  • The names. I also enjoyed the sisters’ nicknames. I feel like they were quirky and creative and gave them a lot of personality despite not having much page time.
  • Fairytale vibes. If this is inspired by a fairytale, I am not sure which one. But, I will say that the set up as well as the gift of the bone knife had the feeling of a fairytale.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • My only gripe with this novella is that it is tagged as a sequel to Thorn. I wished the introduction to the next main character provided a bit more information on how these stories connect. Right now, they feel completely independent. They could be in the same world, or they couldn’t – I was missing the connection.

Series Value

I definitely plan on reading The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani in the near future. I like Rae as a main character much more than I liked Alyrra. I think this novella was an excellent segue into a full length novel.

Final Thoughts

I liked this story. I liked the set up. I am eager to keep reading. Am I on the edge of my seat, desperate for more? No. Am I intrigued? Defintely.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani – this title isn’t out yet, but again, if you enjoyed the writing, try the spin-off story.
  • Brambles by Intisar Khanani – if you enjoyed the idea of a side story that has a companion full length novel, try this novella set in the same world.

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