Review: The Bone Knife – Intisar Khanani

The Bone Knife
Book cover: A close-up of the pattern carved into a white bone knife on a purple background.

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 wasn’t sure whether I’d  like Intisar Khanani’s writing, so I decided to read The Bone Knife first, as it is free on all platforms. It’s a short novella and I thought it would give me a good introduction into her writing and allow me to find out how I feel about her writing.

It was intriguing. I loved how magic was incorporated in the story. It takes place in a fictional region, but magic isn’t used for huge problems. It’s used at a smaller level and for example to make housework easier.

Rae’s family’s daily life is disrupted when a stranger comes into town, and I tell you, I love how we slowly find out more about this stranger and how he finds out more about the family and the secret that they are hiding.

Rae is the main character in this story, and has a deformed foot. The events in this short novella portray how people underestimate her due to her disability. I was quite shocked by what the stranger said to Rae at the end of the book, and I need answers for this.

At the end of the book, I wanted to know how life went on for the three sisters. Thankfully, Intisar Khanani is working on a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, which will feature Rae as the MC.

The Bone Knife was a lovely and intriguing introduction to Intisar Khanani’s writing. It’s certainly worth the read. It’s free on all platforms, and I totally suggest that you get this book. I myself cannot wait for the companion trilogy to come out as I want to find out more about Rae and her sisters, and whether the stranger will play a role in the events to come.

Trigger warning: ableism.

5 stars

Have you read The Bone Knife?



5 thoughts on “Review: The Bone Knife – Intisar Khanani

  1. Never heard of this book before but sounds intriguing. Need to add to my digital TBR! And it’s nice to know that it’s free to the public. Great review!


  2. Thanks so much for this lovely review, Sinead! I’m so glad you enjoyed The Bone Knife. Rae is perhaps my favorite character of all the characters I’ve written, from her dry humor to her strength to her hidden vulnerabilities. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed meeting her!


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