Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The Bone Knife: A Short Story by Intisar Khanani

The Bone Knife: A Short Story
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Bone Knife: A Short Story by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 6.5 out of 10 stars

The Bone Knife: A Short Story(Source: Gift from author for being on her newsletter mailing list.)
Rae lives with her parents and sisters in a secluded house, as one of her sisters has a gift of magic that she would be killed for if people knew about it.
One day a man visits their home to buy horses from her father, and Rae recognises him as a fairy.
Unfortunately the villagers hear about the fairy’s arrival, and turn up with their pitchforks!
Can Rae and her family find a way to get the fairy out safely? And what danger is Rae’s sister in from the villagers?

This is a short story about Rae who is set to be the main character in Intisar Khanani’s upcoming novel – The Theft of Sunlight.
Rae has a problem that causes her to be unable to walk properly, and the villagers refer to her as a ‘cripple’. Rae seems to be fairly brave though, and doesn’t let this bother her; instead she is more concerned with protecting her sister.

Other than this we don’t learn much in this short story other than the fact that Rae and her family obviously live somewhere where magic is real, and feared, and faries are real too.
I liked Rae though, and think she will make a great main character. I also thought that Rae’s sister’s magical gift was very clever, and have never heard of anything quite like it before.
Overall; a fantasy short story/ prequel novella.
6.5 out of 10.

This book is currently available exclusively on Kindle.


  1. Hi Sarah -

    It's great to be back at your blog! Thanks so much for your review of The Bone Knife; I'm so glad you found Rae a likable character. I think the big lesson I've taken away from this short story is how much people prefer longer stories! (And how hard it is to fit everything into a short story!) Thanks again, and hope all is well,


    1. I think it must be very difficult to write fantasy short stories because of the amount of world-building necessary! This was a good intro to Rae's story though ☺

    2. Intisar - I agree, I think it would be extremely difficult to fit everything into a short story. I think this book sounds good though and I respect the fact that you wrote it. I admire any other that puts themselves out there and writes a story that they want to share. Best of luck to you.

  2. Short stories often worry me because some lack development. This one sounds good, I will have to think about it. But as always, thanks for sharing your review