Author: Intisar Khanani
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 25th, 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5
Summary: “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.” – Goodreads
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.
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P. S. Isn’t the cover beautiful?