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Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

In 2014, I read Intisar Khanani's Thorn and loved it. A retelling of the famous Goose Girl fairy tale in which Alyrra is the endangered princess. I've enjoyed everything I've read by Intisar Kahanani, and The Theft of Sunlight was another example of how easily I fall into the worlds she creates.

Set in the same world as Thorn, Theft of Sunlight features Rae, daughter of a horse rancher.  Alyrra, the betrayed princess turned goose girl, is now about to marry the prince.  But although Alyrra plays an important role, she is not the protagonist this time.  

Rae, who limps as a result of a club foot, has come to the palace to visit her cousin and been drafted into becoming an attendant to Alyrra.  Rae agrees because she has a purpose of her own--finding out who is behind the stealing of children and selling them into slavery.

Despite the handicap of a club foot, Rae pursues the dangerous task of discovering the how and the who behind the thefts of children.  Another one of Khanani's wonderful female protagonists, Rae is defined by courage and persistence.

Danger and suspense keep the pace quick.  Who to trust?  How deep is the conspiracy?

My only problem--waiting for the next book.  Recommended!

I'm reviewing this early since the publication date is so far away, but will mention it again in March, 2021.

NetGalley/Harper Teen
YA/Fantasy.  March 23, 2020.  Print length:  528 pages that absolutely flew by!




14 comments:

  1. Both of these books sound fantastic. I think I'd really enjoy them. Thorn is already on my wishlist, but I'll be adding The Theft of Sunlight to it too. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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    1. They are both good! Hope you like them as much as I have!

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  2. I just remembered that I read her first book Thorn when it came out! The author was gracious enough to send me a free e-book with no strings. I'm not a big fantasy reader, but I like to mix some in with my other genres, and I do remember enjoying her writing. I'm glad that you like all of her work. I'm going to jot her name down to check into further.

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    1. I love a good fairy tale retelling, and Thorn did it so well by taking the characters and giving them depth that fairy tales don't. I do like fantasy--same problems we all deal with, but in a fantasy world. :)

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  3. I've never even heard of this author, but I like the sound of all the books you've mentioned here. And yay, my library has two of her books. :D

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    1. Kahnani can tell a great story with characters I genuinely care about! Hope you enjoy the books if you get a chance to read them. :)

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  4. She's completely new to me even though, at first glance, her name seemed to be very familiar to me. Sounds like something I should take a look at based on your enthusiasm for the books - and the author.

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    1. You've probably read reviews, especially when Thorn was published. So many books, it is hard to remember, but Intisar Khanini has a name that stands out. :)

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  5. I've heard a lot of good things about Thorn and The Theft of Sunlight sounds like another good read, too.

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    1. I forgot to mention The Sunbolt Chronicles which I also enjoyed! Khanani is really good!

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  6. I have a copy of Thorn on my e-reader, but have not read it. I am glad you continue to enjoy Khanani's work!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Thorn when you get to it. :)

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  7. I love your only problem with these ☺️☺️ They are beautiful covers and even more better blurbs. I didn’t know about them until I saw this post, so thanks for th4 heads up!

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  8. I can't remember hearing about these but I love that the settings are so different from my usual reads. And, those are some lovely covers!

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