Saturday Snippet Reviews | The Bone Knife and The Crown of Embers
There are times when Heather, Aly & I finish a book, but don’t have time to write a full comprehensive review… or even a shorter “flashbulb” review. BUT we still want to share our thoughts with you on what we’ve been reading. That’s why every Saturday we’ll be featuring 3 “snippet” reviews — short, sweet, to-the-point reviews that we’ll try to keep to 2-5 sentences. So we hope you enjoy these!!
Typically I find myself vaguely unsatisfied by short stories — not enough of the characters, not enough development, just… not enough. But there is SO much jam-packed into this little story; the character development and world building are both outstanding. With a birth defect that’s left her somewhat physically handicapped, Rae has become a strong, tough, resourceful, cool-headed young woman whose first priority is the protection and well-being of her family. Likewise, Genno, the faerie lord who visits their stables with the intention of purchasing some of her father’s horses, is mysteriously fascinating and his interactions with Rae are… compelling and full of all kinds of potential. And both of these fantastic characters are set in in an intriguingly magical world that I just must know more about.
Overall, The Bone Knife left me wanting more in the best possible way.
P.S. – Apparently Intisar Khanani is currently writing a full-length novel based on Rae, the main character of this short story… and I just want to say, “YAY!”
Going in, I knew this would be epic awesomesauce covered in a magic shell of authory genius. However, I was totally unprepared for the swoon-worthiness of one Hector of the Queen’s guard. Oh. My. Word. My vocabulary is entirely insufficient to describe his particular brand of awesome. That guy…book boy, nay, he is a book-MAN. Wowsers. Don’t get me wrong, other awesome happened. Lest you think this book is all about Hector, it is not. Elisa grows up…a lot! There are treks to the ends of the world. More magic and more godstone stuff. We dive further into the incredibly built world of this series and Rae does a beautiful job of completely captivating the reader from page one to the very last word. I just REALLY love Hector. And Elisa. Together. Forever. PLEASE RAE. PLEASE!