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.
The Bone Knifeby 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
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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.
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Beautifully written, I didn't want it to end!
Really awesome little short story! I highly recommend!
Excellently balanced short story. I got this as soon as it came out but have only now read it and I'm now wondering why it took me so long. It's wonderful! My only complaint was how short it was - I came to love the characters so quickly I wanted the story to keep going but I'm happy to hear this is a prelude to a trilogy. It's a great teaser! I'm certainly not going to wait this long to read the next one. Intisar's writing is very mature and well developed and I think this story is absolutely wonderful. For something so short I don't find the character development at all wanting. The story setting is conveyed with a minimum number of phrases that give the reader all of the pertinent information without disturbing the flow of the storytelling or sounding awkward. I love it. Can't wait for more
In case you didn't know, I bloody ADORE Ms. Khanani's other book, THORN (the Grimm tale of THE GOOSE GIRL with a middle-eastern influence and a swoon-worthy prince). THE BONE KNIFE introduces Rae, the heroine of the companion trilogy to THORN. Since it is a short story, I can say a whole lot without being spoiler-ific, but I will say that Rae was a very compelling and sympathetic character and I particularly liked the way the relationship between her and her sisters was portrayed. I will be watching for that trilogy! =D
Never grabbed my attention. Really a boring story. Don't waste your money.
Whenever people try to make characters have flaws, they go for lazy, snarky, or something else society generally looks past. This author goes for a club foot. (Not saying that’s a flaw, though it is a hinderance society generally makes fun of.) It’s refreshing to have a character, (Rae), that isn’t perfect or conventionally beautiful, already setting me up to love her. Here’s the second thing the writer did that I really liked. Reportedly, the inspiration behind this was based off how disconnected fantasy families usually are. Protagonists are often orphaned or have dysfunctional backgrounds. Khanani wanted to have a story where that wasn’t the case, which is nice to see. The descriptions were well done, even though I felt the writing could’ve been more clear as to who was saying and doing things. I caught myself having no idea who was talking more than a few times, plus there wasn’t enough explanation as to how the magic worked/what they intended to do with it. The plot isn’t terribly exciting, but it doesn’t have to be. It carries a lot of tension in a unique plot and world. Plus there’s a hot faeire. So. For its all around uniqueness, docked only a point for some confusing writing, The Bone Knife earns a four out of five.