“The Bone Knife” by Intisar Khanani
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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.
I’m having trouble trying to figure out what exactly to say about this story. It is only 24 pages, so there’s not much to talk about for the review. I guess I will say that I wasn’t all that fond of the story. I’m not sure if it was the length getting in the way of development of the characters and the plot, but I just couldn’t really get into the short story. The story failed to capture my interest and I didn’t connect with the characters. I thought that the quality of writing was very good, though. “The Bone Knife” is a prequel short story to a trilogy that will begin to be published in 2013. I assume that the trilogy will be better, because Khanani will have more room to fully develop the characters and the plot.
I’m just not sure that this idea for a story is meant to be in short story form. I think it would do better as a full-length novel, which is why the trilogy should be much better. I would recommend for readers to skip this story and just read the novels in the trilogy when they come out. But, if you are pumped about the upcoming trilogy and want to learn about the characters beforehand, by all means read “The Bone Knife”. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!