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I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away from it. Children have been disappearing from across Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her friend’s sister is snatched, Rae knows she can’t look away any longer - even if that means seeking answers from the royal court, where her country upbringing and clubfoot will only invite ridicule. Yet th I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away from it. Children have been disappearing from across Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her friend’s sister is snatched, Rae knows she can’t look away any longer - even if that means seeking answers from the royal court, where her country upbringing and clubfoot will only invite ridicule. Yet the court holds its share of surprises. There she discovers an ally in the foreign princess, who recruits her as an attendant. Armed with the princess’s support, Rae seeks answers in the dark city streets, finding unexpected help in a rough-around-the-edges street thief with secrets of his own. But treachery runs deep, and the more Rae uncovers, the more she endangers the kingdom itself.


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I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away from it. Children have been disappearing from across Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her friend’s sister is snatched, Rae knows she can’t look away any longer - even if that means seeking answers from the royal court, where her country upbringing and clubfoot will only invite ridicule. Yet th I did not choose this fate. But I will not walk away from it. Children have been disappearing from across Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her friend’s sister is snatched, Rae knows she can’t look away any longer - even if that means seeking answers from the royal court, where her country upbringing and clubfoot will only invite ridicule. Yet the court holds its share of surprises. There she discovers an ally in the foreign princess, who recruits her as an attendant. Armed with the princess’s support, Rae seeks answers in the dark city streets, finding unexpected help in a rough-around-the-edges street thief with secrets of his own. But treachery runs deep, and the more Rae uncovers, the more she endangers the kingdom itself.

30 review for The Theft of Sunlight

  1. 4 out of 5

    Intisar Khanani

    Hello friends! I am so excited to share Rae's story with you. This is a story that I've been trying to write for about ten years--as some of you who have been waiting since The Bone Knife was first indie published might be well aware of! It's been a long time coming, and I hope you'll find it well worth the wait. Just a couple three notes to clear up any confusion that might be out there, as this story has changed shape quite a bit since it was first announced: 1. Theft is the first part in a comp Hello friends! I am so excited to share Rae's story with you. This is a story that I've been trying to write for about ten years--as some of you who have been waiting since The Bone Knife was first indie published might be well aware of! It's been a long time coming, and I hope you'll find it well worth the wait. Just a couple three notes to clear up any confusion that might be out there, as this story has changed shape quite a bit since it was first announced: 1. Theft is the first part in a companion duology to Thorn. While it can absolutely be read on its own, it will be best appreciated if you pick up Thorn first. There are many familiar characters and a few possible spoilers for Thorn... but, if you'd rather not, you can still very much enjoy this book on its own. Just be aware that Rae's story will only be half-told by the end of Theft. 2. This story includes some similar themes to Thorn; there are scenes of and discussion of violence against women, human trafficking, and physical and emotional abuse, as well as issues of (in/)justice raised. I do my best to treat this issues with respect. However, if you find these triggering, please proceed with caution. 3. This story also includes: an extremely pragmatic heroine, a clever street thief with secrets, at least two thief lords, a handful of remorseless slavers, and a princess with a core of steel - as well as magic, betrayal, and an ending that leaves our heroine facing a very dire reality. **If you do not like cliffhanger endings, please be advised that this story has one. I don't like them either, but I couldn't find another way to end this story well. I hope the ends feels like a complete stop in a larger saga, rather than arbitrary cut off, but the story is distinctly not done. This has been a lesson in humility. Happy reading!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Hey! January 2021 Reading Vlog is up!! The Written Review The royal wedding is just around the corner. It's the talk of the town for all the nobles in the land but for Rae's family, it couldn't be further from their minds. Another child has been snatched. While child-snatching was a threat that Rae knew of before...it has never felt so real to her. Rae's best friend's sister was taken and what paltry magic they have is no match to find the missing girl. The city guards are no help, the no Hey! January 2021 Reading Vlog is up!! The Written Review The royal wedding is just around the corner. It's the talk of the town for all the nobles in the land but for Rae's family, it couldn't be further from their minds. Another child has been snatched. While child-snatching was a threat that Rae knew of before...it has never felt so real to her. Rae's best friend's sister was taken and what paltry magic they have is no match to find the missing girl. The city guards are no help, the nobles believe that the peasants are "sadly mistaken" over the lost children and Rae cannot convince anyone otherwise. Devastated, Rae doesn't know what to do...until her cousin offers her a position in the castle. Princess Alyrra is in need of trusted attendants and Rae's lack of connections with other royalty is what makes her perfect. Princess Alyrra wants Rae to investigate the disappearances but quickly this mystery is becoming larger than Rae could ever imagine. This is Intisar's second book in the Dauntless Path series however, it can (and works well) as a standalone. And I think this one was actually better than the first (and I adored the first). The characters feel stronger and the plot is more focused. I liked the spunk from Alyrra and Rae, and thought they were balanced well by their counterparts. I liked how Rae worked through her disability (and not against it) and that while she was sometimes limited in what she could do, she always found ways around it. She learned to fight because she could not run and how to use politics to her advantage when she could not fight. It really strengthened her character and endeared me to this book all the more. All in all - this one was FABULOUS!! I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Brandes

    THE THEFT OF SUNLIGHT is a vivid masterpiece. The depth of story kept me spellbound and wondering again and again how the characters could possibly escape the twists and traps before them. An epic adventure with some chilling parallels to the unseen battles fought in our present day. With a striking heroine who has a fierce passion for justice, nothing short of a dark magic ward will keep her quest from making a home in reader’s hearts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This was lovely! RTC

  5. 5 out of 5

    Reshma Harripersad

    I've read The Bone Knife about 10x already waiting for this book. I want it. I've read The Bone Knife about 10x already waiting for this book. I want it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzannah

    OH YES GUESS WHO GOT AN ARC OF THIS BEAUTEH I love Intisar Khanani's books. This woman just keeps serving good stories full of adventure, fabulous characters and important themes. They aren't tropey, you couldn't summarise them with a bunch of ao3 tags; they are uniquely themselves and deeply satisfying. THEFT OF SUNLIGHT is the first in a companion duology to THORN (and, fair warning, it comes with a wicked cliffhanger). You really ought to read THORN first (it's a wonderful retelling of The Goos OH YES GUESS WHO GOT AN ARC OF THIS BEAUTEH I love Intisar Khanani's books. This woman just keeps serving good stories full of adventure, fabulous characters and important themes. They aren't tropey, you couldn't summarise them with a bunch of ao3 tags; they are uniquely themselves and deeply satisfying. THEFT OF SUNLIGHT is the first in a companion duology to THORN (and, fair warning, it comes with a wicked cliffhanger). You really ought to read THORN first (it's a wonderful retelling of The Goose Girl!) for all the background to this one, but I suspect I might like this one even more. In summary, this is the tale of Rae, a girl from a horse farm who finds herself unexpectedly navigating the deadly intrigues and secrets of a dangerous court by day, while trying to unravel the mysteries of a human trafficking ring preying on poor children in the slums with the help of a dashing thief by night. Heck, yes. And it IS all really just as good as I made it sound. Some other things I loved: - Rae, our heroine, has a disability that deeply impacts how she views herself and the world around her. I'm not disabled myself so I'm not exactly the best judge, but I always try to listen to disabled friends and...I think they're going to love this book and this particular aspect just as much as I did. - Ack, I love Intisar's romances. They're so subtle and understated and absolutely believable - in fact more often they're respect stories than love stories. I LOVE that about them, but the other thing I love is the Very Good chemistry she writes, and how compelling it is without being in the least overtly sexy. - The themes! The book didn't feel dark - to me - but it is about human trafficking, and it does deal with that issue with the appropriate gravity, just as THORN also had a character who suffered a tragically dark fate. When I personally shy away from writing super dark or heavy content, it's usually because I feel it's hard to write about such things without being sensational or exploitative, and I feel that people who suffer terrible exploitation ought to have their dignity protected, even in fiction. Intisar is one of the few authors I know of who writes about such things without sugar-coating the effects, but also without sensationalising them, and I really loved that about this book. THE THEFT OF SUNLIGHT is a wonderful, complex, thoughtful fantasy, one of the rare books that I would wholeheartedly recommend to both adults and teens.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    I NEED THIS NOW I'M PRETTY SURE AT THIS POINT THAT INTISAR KHANANI IS MY ACTUAL FAVE AUTHOR I NEED THIS NOW I'M PRETTY SURE AT THIS POINT THAT INTISAR KHANANI IS MY ACTUAL FAVE AUTHOR

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Anandi Puritipati

    *deep breath* *SCREAMS* edit: 18/03/21 Review, as appeared on Instagram: eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley for a blog tour organized by Qamar Blog Tours. All opinions are my own! You ever read a book that makes you fall in love with every page you turn that by the time you get to the end, you are just in awe of everything you've just experienced? That's this book for me! Theft of Sunlight is the first book in a duology following the events of the book Thorn, set in the sane world that *deep breath* *SCREAMS* edit: 18/03/21 Review, as appeared on Instagram: eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley for a blog tour organized by Qamar Blog Tours. All opinions are my own! You ever read a book that makes you fall in love with every page you turn that by the time you get to the end, you are just in awe of everything you've just experienced? That's this book for me! Theft of Sunlight is the first book in a duology following the events of the book Thorn, set in the sane world that Thorn is and it is one of the most fantastic books EVER! With an absolutely compelling main character you cannot help fall in love with, a mystrey that keeps you on your toes and political intrigue that induces nail-biting tension, this is a fantasy that *will* sweep you off your feet! (And then dangle you in the air because it ends on a cliffhanger, but you'll be swaying up there will all kinds of warmth and emotional attachments so like who cares you know)((I care, I do, I need that sequel like Winnie the pooh needs his honey)). Like I said, the events of Theft of Sunlight follow the events of Thorn, but this time, we follow a character called Amareya, a village girl with a disability who ends up at the palace as Alyrra's attendant and confidant, when she decides to go into the city and figure out what she can about the kidnappings happening all around the kingdom after her best friend's sister is "snatched." She expects to uncover some answers and maybe nudge a head or two towards the investigation into these kidnapping rings. What she doesn't expect is to end up smack dab in the middle of a political conspiracy that is way over her paygrade. But she does anyway, because of two reasons — she is incredible brave and ridiculously kind. Along the way, she gets tangled with the local thieving gangs (YESS THERE ARE THEIVING GANGS, BITCHESSS!); mages, human and fae, and lord knows who else. Pick the book up to find out. For real, you are going to LOVE IT! The star of the show, as you can tell already, is Amareya — or Rae, as everyone calls her. She is just so fucking amazing, you guys! I truly do not have words. She is sarcastic and funny and also very intuitive and intelligent. She does reckless things and makes stupid mistakes, but all because she is kind to a fault. She is also fiercely loyal — she keeps the magic in her sister secret to protect her from the circle of mages (don't ask for explanations, go read the book, shoo), and she will literally die before she gives that up. I diagnose her with a terminal case of Eldest Daughter Syndrome™ and that's essentially why she keeps getting in trouble all the time. But it's fun to follow her on the ride, nonetheless! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Alyrra and Kestrin also make appearances in this book, and it is so fascinating seeing them from a third person's perspective! When you read Thorn, you almost feel like Alyrra is too passive. But when you read Theft, you realize that that's just because that's what she thinks of herself!! Like, at every step of the way, Alyrra is politicking without knowing that she's doing it, but she keeps downplaying it in her head because she's just like that. Of course, she's also settled into her role more comfortably now, but it was one of those tiny things that made my jaw drop when I realized it! Honestly, I am in love with this author because of it!! Like I never thought of it that way before and now I'm like 🤯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Anyway, back to Theft! This time, we are introduced to a character from Red Hawk's theiving ring called Bren (this man is soooo the Red Hawk but we do not have canonical confirmation so *Agatha wink from Wandavision which i know what it means but idk why it means that so no spoilers pls*). Yes, he is the love interest. Yes, he has knives and he does that thing where he whips them out while wearing a cape it was very cool. Yes, he does deserve to get punched in the face once in a while. Yes, you are shipping the ship against your will. No, I do not make the rules. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I'm sure you can already see how this is coming together. Rae becomes Alyrra's confidant, Rae and Alyrra begin investigating the kidnappings on the DL because governments are shit all around the globe, Alyrra puts her in touch with the Red Hawk gang so they can help her. Antics ensue. Oh, and meanwhile, Alyrra and Kestrin's wedding is happening at the palace. And her dickwad of a brother shows up. So that's another thing going on for you. Even with so much happening, it all flows rather smoothly! I mean it's a high stakes fantasy novel that takes an unexpectedly dark turn, what else did you expect, you know? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have literally no complaints about the plot or the characters. I did miss the writing from Thorn because it had a more fairy tale-esque feel to it and was all lyrical and amazing. But, this is not the place for all that. WE SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE TIME, PEOPLE!!! I missed the writing for exactly 15% of the novel before I forgot I was sitting in a room in my body and fell headfirst into the story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Speaking of, THE SETTING!!! Even though we're introduced to this city in Thorn, seeing it from Rae's perspective just added so much dimension to it!! It fleshed out the dynamics of this world so well *and* it also exposed the underbelly of this city that we weren't able to glimpse in Thorn. I loved the vibe of it all. The gritty, jagged edges of the town in the dark in contrast with the airy, oppulence of the palace at day! The way the bridge between the two sides was Rae, and how she came out of her shell and grew into herself as she is forced to traverse these both worlds! Just the fantasy escapism of it all, as you read!! *chef's kiss* ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I don't really have anything much to say because I literally do not have critiques. Yeah, the plot slows down in a middle for a bit, but that's also just like the plateau you have to write before you start hurtling your audience into a high action climax. Which, btw, WENT PLACES. I swear I do not kid when I say I was actually screaming. And Rameela was screaming with me..We had so much fun reading it!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And that's how I wanna conclude this mess of a review! This book was just so much absolute, unadulterated, fantasy fun! You'll get invested, you'll make theories, you'll see some badass magic and you'll have a great time!!! All this, while reading about a non-white, disabled protagonist in a non-white country! LIKE. What more do you want, honestly?! GO PREORDER THE BOOK!! NOWWWWWWWW!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marquise

    I received an ARC from the publishers in exchange for a review. The entire time I was reading this novel, I kept trying to guess which fairy tale it was a retelling of because, since it was set in the same world as Thorn, itself a retelling of "The Goose Girl," I had come to The Theft of Sunlight with the expectation that it was a fairy tale retelling as well. By the middle of the book, I'd mostly convinced myself that this was a retelling of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." I mean, it fit. So perfect I received an ARC from the publishers in exchange for a review. The entire time I was reading this novel, I kept trying to guess which fairy tale it was a retelling of because, since it was set in the same world as Thorn, itself a retelling of "The Goose Girl," I had come to The Theft of Sunlight with the expectation that it was a fairy tale retelling as well. By the middle of the book, I'd mostly convinced myself that this was a retelling of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." I mean, it fit. So perfectly it was hard to not think it had to be so. Thousands of children are stolen from their towns across the country (the parallel to the Children of Hamelin was just too good to miss) by a shadowy group known as the Snatchers, who obviously had to have a powerful backer (that could fit the Pied Piper figure) that probably had some sort of axe to grind with the Royal Family of Menaiya (who could fit the figure of the burgomaster that refused to pay the Piper), and finally there's the protagonist, turnfoot Amraeya, who investigates the disappearances on behalf of her best friend and uncovers a vast web of human trafficking and child slavery that reaches the highest echelons of government. Those who read the fairy tale will recall that the way the disappeared Children of Hamelin are found is due to a child left behind because he had a crippled foot and couldn't move as fast as the rest of the children. See a parallel to Rae? I sure do! So, with all those key elements neatly and seamlessly woven into the storyline, who'd blame me for thinking The Theft of Sunlight is a "Pied Piper of Hamelin" retelling? And the ending and the lack of confirmation in the author's note hasn't convinced me of the contrary. Hey, Intisar, if you're reading this, I do firmly believe this novel is totally worth advertising as a retelling! The idea of rehashing the tale's core plot into a story of slavery and human trafficking is actually brilliant. Please, consider labelling it as such. Besides, I've not seen yet a retelling of the Piper fairy tale that was either good or to my liking, and this is the best out there for me. Back to the story itself, I liked Rae best. I liked that she is no self-pitying pushover, and I liked that she doesn't define herself by her disability even when the rest of the world does. I think characterisation is the strength of the novel, because all characters are well-defined and have a distinctive voice. The protagonist (and Alyrra from Thorn, too) is down-to-Earth, practical and sensible, sometimes a bit uncouth and blunt, but always genuine. The male characters are less defined, however, probably because of the POV structure. There is no romance for the lead character as yet, which I find intriguing because it doesn't distract from the plot and it leaves up in the air which of the men might end up tangled in Rae's web (I have a horse in this race, but I'm not telling yet!). There's a detail about the writing in this book that some readers might not like: the present tense first person prose. I never cared whether the narration was in first person POV or present tense, and still don't, because I consider it a matter of personal taste, but I do know a fair number of readers that can't stand first person narration, and present tense narration even less, so I'm putting this out there for their benefit. But the novel's one big downside, and Intisar herself acknowledges this in her author's note, is the ending. It's a brutal cliffhanger! I cannot see how the book wouldn't have ended in suspense without making it into a big fat brick over 800 pages long because the story is barely halfway through when it ends, but I do believe there was a way to soften the cliffhanger so the landing wouldn't hurt. Perhaps even add one more chapter (or lengthen the last one) so that the harsh note it ends in isn't as grating. It practically pulls you out of the story and tosses you out the window, and no reader likes that. I can only hope the wait for the sequel won't take too long, because the uncertainty about the fate of the protagonist is going to kill me otherwise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    4.5 stars Headlines: Slavery Changing perspectives Trust and betrayal Oh you didn't... I slipped into the writing of The Theft of Sunlight with such ease and comfort. It was a joy to be back into the world and to enjoy Intisar Khanani's writing. I didn't need a Thorn recap because I found it to be such a memorable read. It was utterly clever to be back with the characters of Thorn but from a different perspective. Alyrra was not the MC but she was a huge part of the story, viewed from Rae (Amraeya) the 4.5 stars Headlines: Slavery Changing perspectives Trust and betrayal Oh you didn't... I slipped into the writing of The Theft of Sunlight with such ease and comfort. It was a joy to be back into the world and to enjoy Intisar Khanani's writing. I didn't need a Thorn recap because I found it to be such a memorable read. It was utterly clever to be back with the characters of Thorn but from a different perspective. Alyrra was not the MC but she was a huge part of the story, viewed from Rae (Amraeya) the MC's story. Rae was not from a noble family but found herself amongst the royal family. Rae was daring, brave and stupid all at once and she had a disability that was so well written. That disability didn't define her. I may be a bit roughed up around the edges, but I'm holding together. This was a story about slavery, with some difficult themes and sometimes some difficult scenes. I appreciated the author's willingness to take the story into this territory in YA and I was utterly gripped and cared about what was happening in these lands. Magic remained on the agenda but it wasn't conveyed in a positive light. The plot overarching this series involving magic, curses, wards and mages has a dark vibe and I'm eager to know more. There was a little promise of affection and romance but not much beyond suggestion, that felt the right kind of pitch but I foresee Rae's story going further. Right now I'm trying to forget where we've been left with probably a year before the next book but I will wait as patient as I can for anything Intisar writes. I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the Dauntless Path series and I cannot wait to read on. Thank you to the author for the early review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Citie Blog.

  12. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: assault, ableism, human trafficking I instantly loved Rae's narration and character. She is clever, brave, and determined all at once. Constantly tackling the ableism surrounding her, Rae is driven by a selfless desire to protect the ones she loves. Over the course of the book, my love for her character grew especially as she becomes immersed in situations full of manipulation and (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: assault, ableism, human trafficking I instantly loved Rae's narration and character. She is clever, brave, and determined all at once. Constantly tackling the ableism surrounding her, Rae is driven by a selfless desire to protect the ones she loves. Over the course of the book, my love for her character grew especially as she becomes immersed in situations full of manipulation and whispers. The Theft of Sunlight is a multi-layered book that delivers swoonworthy tension, endearing family dynamics, and a quest for truth and honesty in corruption. The Theft of Sunlight is a story both about the corruption that poisons a society, as well as the individual change one person can make. Together with good allies, with people who want to see change done, the possibilities are limitless. But The Theft of Sunlight has so many important conversations about not lashing out in anger, about laughter being a form of cruelty, and the power of stories within stories. Khanani delivers a story that crescendos and by the end I was completely immersed. full review; https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Banghart

    I haven’t stayed up in the wee hours of the morning to finish a book in a really, really long time. I love Intisar’s writing so, so much. This was an incredible book. I loved it so much. I really don’t even have words right now.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    I enjoyed this fast-paced YA Fantasy! This story may be fantasy but it touches on the very real topic of human trafficking. I loved seeing Rae put the pieces together to build a case to find who took her friend. With the help of the future princess and a local thief Rae is determined to find out the truth. This was one adventure after another & Rae faces some serious challenges that lead to an intense ending. Beware this one has a cliffhanger that leaves you speechless! The author did a great jo I enjoyed this fast-paced YA Fantasy! This story may be fantasy but it touches on the very real topic of human trafficking. I loved seeing Rae put the pieces together to build a case to find who took her friend. With the help of the future princess and a local thief Rae is determined to find out the truth. This was one adventure after another & Rae faces some serious challenges that lead to an intense ending. Beware this one has a cliffhanger that leaves you speechless! The author did a great job writing a character with a disability. Rae doesn’t let her club foot slow her down. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for their next YA fantasy read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Daydreamologist

    no no no I won't request an ARC no no no I'll be patient and order a physical copy when it comes out. I can wait, right? riiiiight?? also the cover is very very very pretty. Just like Thorn :)))) no no no I won't request an ARC no no no I'll be patient and order a physical copy when it comes out. I can wait, right? riiiiight?? also the cover is very very very pretty. Just like Thorn :))))

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani is an intriguing companion novel to Thorn, the first book in the Dauntless Path series. The main character is fierce and exciting to read about and the story is full of adventure. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in this spin-off. This story set in Menaiya, the same world as Thorn. It can, however, be read as a standalone, as it is about a whole new character and her experiences in the kingdom. Although, there may Full Review on The Candid Cover The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani is an intriguing companion novel to Thorn, the first book in the Dauntless Path series. The main character is fierce and exciting to read about and the story is full of adventure. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in this spin-off. This story set in Menaiya, the same world as Thorn. It can, however, be read as a standalone, as it is about a whole new character and her experiences in the kingdom. Although, there may be some backstory about the characters and the way this world ticks that are missed. The Theft of Sunlight follows the storyline of “the snatchers” from the first book. ❀ FIERCE MAIN CHARACTER Rae is a very likeable main character that is enjoyable to read about. She has a disability that impedes her ability to walk, yet she perseveres. Her bravery and determination are admirable and her ability to defend herself is incredibly fierce. This was my favourite aspect of the novel. ❀ ALYRRA IS CONFIDENT AND POISED There are some scenes where we see glimpses of Alyrra from the first book. This is both exciting and interesting, as we see her role as princess through Rae’s perspective. Alyrra is more confident and poised in this story, which is a huge testament to her coming of age in Thorn. It is really enjoyable to see her assertive. ❀ NOT AS MAGICAL AS THORN In comparison to Thorn, the magical aspect of the book is not as pronounced. There are scenes that involve mages and some terrifying moments aided by the use of magic. In general, though, the feel of the story is less magical. This did not affect my enjoyment of the novel, but I was just craving more of the fairy tale feel of the first book. ❀ A SERIES NOT TO BE MISSED If you enjoy YA fantasy, Dauntless Path is a series that should not be missed. The characters and the world are so fantastic and the wiring is lovely. Unfortunately, The Theft of Sunlight ends on a wicked cliffhanger, so this book will leave you wanting more.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    After reading Thorn, I was very excited to start Theft of Sunlight. Theft is a fast paced fantasy that is a spin-off of Thorn, and it did not disappoint. I loved how this book had such a strong, badass heroine with a disability. We definitely need more of that in YA! I also appreciated how the author tackled the very real, and very serious issue of human trafficking. Children have been disappearing across Menaiya for longer than Rae can remember. When her best friend’s sister disappears without a After reading Thorn, I was very excited to start Theft of Sunlight. Theft is a fast paced fantasy that is a spin-off of Thorn, and it did not disappoint. I loved how this book had such a strong, badass heroine with a disability. We definitely need more of that in YA! I also appreciated how the author tackled the very real, and very serious issue of human trafficking. Children have been disappearing across Menaiya for longer than Rae can remember. When her best friend’s sister disappears without a trace, Rae knows that she can not sit around and ignore the problem any longer. They believe the little girl has been taken by the “snatchers.” Rae decides to take her cousin’s offer to come and stay at the palace, where she hopes to find some answers from the royal court. She also hopes that she will be taken seriously due to her growing up in the country, and her club foot. The court holds its own intrigue. Rae finds an ally in the foreign princess, who appoints her as an attendant. With the princesses blessing, Rae takes to the streets outside of the palace to find some answers. Here she finds some unexpected help from a street thief. As Rae begins to uncover more information, things become much more complicated and dangerous. Throughout the journey, Rae faces a lot of challenges, but she does not let what anyone thinks of her or her disability stop her. She slowly begins the process of loving herself. Perfect for fantasy lovers, this one has an ending that will leave you breathless and dying for the sequel!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Kent

    Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC. I’m going to lose my ever loving mind waiting over a year for the sequel. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!?! Also, updated review: It's rare that a follow up (since this isn't quite a true sequel to Thorn but picks up shortly after Thorn ends) out performs the original, but The Theft of Sunlight does just that. I loved Thorn and the world Intisar introduced us to, and Theft takes us even further into the political workings of this world. Rae is an amazing character, Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC. I’m going to lose my ever loving mind waiting over a year for the sequel. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!?! Also, updated review: It's rare that a follow up (since this isn't quite a true sequel to Thorn but picks up shortly after Thorn ends) out performs the original, but The Theft of Sunlight does just that. I loved Thorn and the world Intisar introduced us to, and Theft takes us even further into the political workings of this world. Rae is an amazing character, and I loved seeing Alyrra through her eyes. Not saying anymore since I don't want to spoil, but if you enjoyed Thorn, you'll love this follow up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Farha Mohammed

    Damn, I loved The Bone Knife and now I have ANOTHER sequel to wait in agony for. The life of a bookworm is treacherous indeed 😭🙌🏼.

  20. 4 out of 5

    thea ♡

    4.5 stars! rae's story was a thrilling yet suspenseful adventure that was hard to put down, a delightful sequel that led me down certain alleyways, directed by the city's perceptive children to go meet a certain "friend of a friend" again. it was refreshing and exhilarating to read rae's journey and yet so warm and comforting to see familiar faces from thorn. the previous book was alyrra's story, and it was so nice to see one of my top comfort characters of all time again! i've missed her graciou 4.5 stars! rae's story was a thrilling yet suspenseful adventure that was hard to put down, a delightful sequel that led me down certain alleyways, directed by the city's perceptive children to go meet a certain "friend of a friend" again. it was refreshing and exhilarating to read rae's journey and yet so warm and comforting to see familiar faces from thorn. the previous book was alyrra's story, and it was so nice to see one of my top comfort characters of all time again! i've missed her gracious, kind ass :') and seeing her relationship with kestrin develop? [inhumane screeching] miss khanani really fed me well. Kestrin greets Alyrra with unaffected pleasure, his features mobile with emotion, utterly unlike the detached, shrewd young man I met only yesterday. She smiles in response, her whole face warming. at the end of thorn, there was a short story that introduced rae's character — and was it any surprise that i fell in love with her immediately? rae is headstrong and practical, used to the world's hardships, but she never let that jade her compassionate and fierce heart. amraeya ni ansarim, our practical and brilliant protagonist, is best summed up by the book's dedication: for every girl who chooses the hard road and uses the fire in her heart to light the way. she fulfills one of my most favorite caricatures of characters: hardened and prickly on the outside, but only because of their soft, burning heart on the inside. she's a noble character — not the type of hero you typically see in stories (and she knows that) but the type of hero who doesn't need nor want that recognition. she's humble, thoughtful, and holds justice in one hand and determination in the other. seeing her unravel the source of the human trafficking problem that plagues her monarchy kept me on the edge of my seat, but it was a marvel to see the character development she goes through, to see the confidence that laces her veins as the story progresses. i'm so incredibly proud of rae and every single time a person comes for her and mocks her disability, it's off with their heads. nobody is safe — mock rae? instant kill. the plot was intricately written, though the pacing felt a bit too slow for my taste (but that's just my personal opinion! take it with a grain of salt because i'm a typically impatient person). but overall, the worldbuilding and the buildup of plot twists was incredibly well-done. i'm vastly impressed. intisar khanani worked for almost 10 years on this book and it really shows. and that ending? BRUTAL. i'm left hanging and anxious for rae; next book when? overall, this story was thrilling and i've never gotten bored of it. it was wild, dark, and there were times when i was certain our characters wouldn't make out of certain situations without a few broken bones. yet it was celebratory and romantic! the royal wedding? [chef's kiss] one of the top scenes, hands down. every time i've reread the chapters, i would giggle and grin; too precious, too precious my alyrra and kestrin babies. and let's not forget to mention a romantic rooftop picnic with a certain thief lord. i don't remember much from that scene but screaming my lungs out from excitement is one of them. i'm never poisoned from instalove by this author and for that, i'm immensely grateful. His fingers move uncertainly on his thigh, twitching toward me, then back to curl into a fist on his leg. It's the first uncertain movement I can remember him making. this was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and i am so grateful it didn't disappoint. much thanks to intisar khanani for introducing rae's strong heart and letting readers be by her side throughout her adrenaline-rush, dread-filled yet hopeful story. there's always something about this author's writing that has that old fairytale-like charm yet has a touch of spice to it that keeps me hooked in. and will probably keep me hooked in when the next book comes out! until then, i highly recommend this book and the previous book to anybody who will listen. you won't regret letting this book into your minds and hearts. happy reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I loved Thorn, and this was better??? I’m surprised because the Goose Girl is my favorite fairy tale, but Theft of Sunlight utterly captivated me. It's engaging, heart-wrenching, and an overall delightful* read. You’ll root for Rae and her quest for justice in this fast-paced and compelling story. The book follows Rae as she’s immersed in a world of intrigue and politics while she uncovers the deadly secrets surrounding Menaiya’s missing children. The court initially shuns her because of her coun I loved Thorn, and this was better??? I’m surprised because the Goose Girl is my favorite fairy tale, but Theft of Sunlight utterly captivated me. It's engaging, heart-wrenching, and an overall delightful* read. You’ll root for Rae and her quest for justice in this fast-paced and compelling story. The book follows Rae as she’s immersed in a world of intrigue and politics while she uncovers the deadly secrets surrounding Menaiya’s missing children. The court initially shuns her because of her country upbringing and clubfoot, but she never quits. Princess Alyrra (Thorn!!) and the mysterious thief Bren become two of her biggest allies as Rae navigates this new world while staying true to herself. I adore Rae: she’s loyal, clever, and so resilient. Also a compassionate and brave character with a growth mindset. Can you tell I love her?? And I love her relationship with Bren! He’s got her back, they challenge each other and I just need MORE there. That ship took me a bit by surprise but I’m fully on board now. I also loved seeing Alyrra and Kestrin from another POV. Royal! Wedding! Just like with Thorn, Khanani skillfully and unflinchingly writes about tough subjects. Theft of Sunlight didn’t feel dark or hopeless despite dealing with human trafficking. I also enjoyed the exploration of injustice, inequality, and creating change in a world where they’re deeply rooted, just like in real life. There's nuanced explorations of politics I honestly wasn't expecting: inequality, poverty, xenophobia, foreign aid. These were small parts compared to Rae’s fight to uncover the child snatching ring (some related), but I thought they were important. I hope to see more romance and more Stonemane in the sequel, but that's my only semi-critique. Really, I'm desperate for the next installment of this story!! I kept watching the remaining pages dwindle as the action kept ramping up until a cliffhanger that I’m STILL reeling from. Why, whyyyyyyy. I appreciate the author’s apology in the acknowledgments, but I’ll be salty until I get the next book!! I highly recommend this book if you liked the previous Dauntless Path stories, or if you’re a fan of YA fantasy and girls saving the world. If you enjoy morally gray characters, look no further than Bren, who might just steal your heart (not sorry for that cringey line). CW: violence, human trafficking, abuse, ableism A huge thank you to Intisar Khanani, HarperTeen, NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. *Delightful, except for the last couple of chapters leading up to the CLIFFHANGER ending, like I already mentioned. I don't think that's a spoiler? Just be prepareddddd.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I received The Theft of Sunlight from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! I had read Thorn, the first book of the Dauntless Path series years ago, I believe again through NetGalley. I really liked it, but so long had passed until this second book came around that I didn't remember much at all. I somewhat regret that, because I wonder how I'd seen the old familiar characters if this book with the knowledge from Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. I received The Theft of Sunlight from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much! I had read Thorn, the first book of the Dauntless Path series years ago, I believe again through NetGalley. I really liked it, but so long had passed until this second book came around that I didn't remember much at all. I somewhat regret that, because I wonder how I'd seen the old familiar characters if this book with the knowledge from the previous one. Either way, my question is: When is the next one coming?  Because The Theft of Sunlight was really cool! It took me just a few days to finish it (with work and whatnot inbetween), and I enjoyed the setting and the characters a lot, even the ones who I don't remember much about from Thorn. This book is basically a fantasy detective novel in a medieval fantasy world where elves and magic exist. What's not to love? The main character in this book is Rae - the daughter of a horse farmer, who, upon visiting her cousin at court gets appointed as the new princess' attendant and leads the investigation of a child slave trade ring lead by a mysterious group known as "the snatchers". Rae is brave, inquisitive and loyal, albeit a bit stubborn, and manages to make a group of interesting friends along the way, such as a tax clerk, a thief and an elf ambassador. I liked Alyrra in this book, and I'm pretty sure I must have liked her in Thorn, because she is very clever and resourceful. The part I'm disappointed about is that I don't remember her previous relationship with prince Kestrin, and how it evolved to what's now in The Theft of Sunlight, because they were just so cute! I'm really anxious, though, about when the next book is coming, because the ending of this one was an epic cliffhanger and I just can't accept that it might take 5-10 more years until another book comes out. Up until the last few chapters I expected everything will be wrapped up neatly, and then poof! - that ending. I can't take it, Netflix has made me unable to wait for the next episode's coming out. Ms Khanani,

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    Thank you so much to the author Intisar, the publisher HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for granting me access to an ARC! This is everything I wanted from a companion to Thorn. Rae was a strong yet relatable protagonist, who I loved seeing come into her own over the course of the story. At least in my opinion, the disability representation was really well done and Rae was a well fleshed out and complex character, who was by no means condensed into this one attribute. It was nice to see the original c Thank you so much to the author Intisar, the publisher HarperCollins, and Edelweiss for granting me access to an ARC! This is everything I wanted from a companion to Thorn. Rae was a strong yet relatable protagonist, who I loved seeing come into her own over the course of the story. At least in my opinion, the disability representation was really well done and Rae was a well fleshed out and complex character, who was by no means condensed into this one attribute. It was nice to see the original cast of characters and world of Thorn in a new perspective, and have these old and new elements mix seamlessly. The Theft of Sunlight addresses relevant and important social issues, while still being an absolute joy to read. And that ending! I would recommend this to fans of Margaret Rogerson and Brigid Kemmerer - it has all the charm of a fairytale but the protagonist is anything but a damsel in distress!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Arabi-Katbi

    I gratefully recieved an ARC through Netgalley. Wow. This book is long, heavy, and comes with a large serving of dark realism. Intisar Khanani brings to light the terrors of the slave trade, based on modern human trafficking. A determined woman, Rae (from The Bone Knife), relentlessly chases leads, all the while attending to Princess Alyrra in the palace, working with a thief, witnessing the horrors around her that people just seem to make light of, and facing herself. I can't believe how detail I gratefully recieved an ARC through Netgalley. Wow. This book is long, heavy, and comes with a large serving of dark realism. Intisar Khanani brings to light the terrors of the slave trade, based on modern human trafficking. A determined woman, Rae (from The Bone Knife), relentlessly chases leads, all the while attending to Princess Alyrra in the palace, working with a thief, witnessing the horrors around her that people just seem to make light of, and facing herself. I can't believe how detailed this was and can sense all the work put into it. It's dark, it's heavy, and needs to be read. I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion and hope it comes out in the next 2 years.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    I have been waiting eight years for this book and it has been so worth the wait. Rewind to 2012 – the year where I was applying for university scholarships and trying to finish as many books in my school library before I graduated. Sometime during the year, I participated in a blog tour for a book named Thorn, a retelling of The Goose Girl, and fell in love. Unusually for me, I signed up for the author’s mailing list and I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK EVER SINCE. (Honestly, if there wasn’t a ma I have been waiting eight years for this book and it has been so worth the wait. Rewind to 2012 – the year where I was applying for university scholarships and trying to finish as many books in my school library before I graduated. Sometime during the year, I participated in a blog tour for a book named Thorn, a retelling of The Goose Girl, and fell in love. Unusually for me, I signed up for the author’s mailing list and I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK EVER SINCE. (Honestly, if there wasn’t a mailing list, I may not have remembered but I’ve been reminded of this on and off for years so can you imagine my excitement when I heard The Theft of Sunlight was ready??) The Theft of Sunlight is set in the same world as Thorn. While you don’t have to have read Thorn to appreciate this, I highly recommend you do so because: 1) Thorn is a fantastic retelling of The Goose Girl and 2) It will help you understand a lot of the character relationships. While Rae, our protagonist, is a new character to this world, many of the main secondary characters were in Thorn and it really helps the reading experience if you know what they’ve gone through. (Ok, I’m finally done with the digressions) The Theft of Sunlight starts when Rae’s best friend’s sister is taken by the “snatchers”. In order to learn more about this mysterious, possibly magical group, Rae accepts an invitation from her cousin, who married a nobleman, to accompany her at court while she is pregnant. But shortly after she gets there, Rae is taken into the service of the Princess (the Prince’s betrothed) and given a secret, secondary task to investigate the disappearance of the children. Honestly this book was phenomenal. Rae is the best – although she is born with a club foot, she has never let that get in her way and carries out her responsibilities as faithfully as possible. I also love how the secondary characters were mostly supportive and wholesome. For example, Prince Kestrin and Princess Alyrra’s relationship made me melt (this is the topic of Thorn so please read it) and I’m not a romance person! Rae and her cousin, Melly, was also uplifting to read, and I also enjoyed Rae’s budding romance with a certain side character. But although the core supporting characters are all so lovable, there are, unfortunately, others. The court ladies are standoffish until a foreigner makes them band together around Rae and Alyrra (sounds familiar…) and the foreign prince, Alyrra’s brother is downright despicable. Overall, I thought the book had an excellent mix of characters, from those I loved to those I loved to hate. The story was intricate and the world even more real than what I experienced in Thorn. I suppose that now the book is free from the frame of the retelling, Intisar has managed to really expand the world and build upon the story. We have court politics, we have missing children, we have family relationships – this book has them all. One note of warning: this book does touch upon domestic abuse and slavery, and Intisar does not shy away from the effects of these. There’s also one more thing to note. If you are a completionist, you might want to avoid this book until the next one is out. This is a duology and it definitely ends on a cliffhanger. Like with Thorn, I’m now super hyped for the next book and hoping it comes out soon! If you’re a fan of fantasy or just well-told stories with really strong protagonists in a unique world, can I please recommend in the strongest and most polite terms that you read The Theft of Sunlight? It is amazing and I’m sure you won’t regret it. This review was first posted at Eustea Reads

  26. 4 out of 5

    Neelam

    I loved this book so much, it’s a story about a young woman who is often overlooked and underestimated but she is capable of so much more than anyone gives her credit for and it resonated with me deeply. Rae isn’t like the usual fantasy heroines we see, she doesn’t have secret magic powers, she’s an average girl who has a family and doesn’t have a tragic backstory. She is however a young woman who will protect those she loves and will fight for the people who no one else will fight for. I think t I loved this book so much, it’s a story about a young woman who is often overlooked and underestimated but she is capable of so much more than anyone gives her credit for and it resonated with me deeply. Rae isn’t like the usual fantasy heroines we see, she doesn’t have secret magic powers, she’s an average girl who has a family and doesn’t have a tragic backstory. She is however a young woman who will protect those she loves and will fight for the people who no one else will fight for. I think this made her so much more relatable and real because she could be any of us. She is smart and resourceful and she perseveres no matter what obstacles are put in her path. She is kind and empathetic but also knows that not everyone is trustworthy and is cautious about who she trusts. I assure you I am well aware of what I am capable of She also has a disability and it affects her mobility which means she is often underestimated and overlooked, she is seen as less capable but I really loved how she didn’t allow that stop her from protecting her loved ones and seeking justice. Her internal conflict was so relatable as someone who also has a mobility disability, I really felt for her, how she will sometimes push herself too far and that fear of being looked down on or pitied if someone finds out about her disability, how her disability is the only thing anyone sees. I loved her arc and how she realises her disability may affect some things that she can do but it doesn’t define her and only she decides who she is. I also completely fell in love with Bren from the first moment we meet him. From his first conversation with Rae I loved their interactions and how he looked out for Rae right from the beginning without making her feel helpless or self-conscious about her disability. He never thinks less of Rae because of her disability and I just loved that so much. He sees her for who she really is and not just a helpless girl. I loved their banter and sass and how they worked together. It was such an interesting dynamic between them as Bren is a thief and Rae doesn’t always approve of things in his life but she accepts him for who he is. Some of my favourite scenes were between them two. She has more power than the stories grant her. It was also great to see Thorn again and especially see her happy with Kestrin and how she dealt with her family. I loved seeing their wedding celebrations and it reminded me of a big fat desi wedding! The beautiful clothes and all the functions and food and traditions. I just loved seeing it in the book. It was also a great contrast between the rich and the poor and how different the lives of nobles are compared to the average citizen. There is also discussions of the violence women face and how they have to adjust the way they live and how they don’t always feel safe. Even Thorn has to deal with this and it was chilling because it was her brother and he was enabled by those around him who didn’t hold him accountable, instead ignoring what he did to her. The comparisons to how this happens a lot in our society was easy to see and I could relate to how Thorn and Rae felt. While this is a character driven book where we see everything from Rae’s point of view we also got to explore a lot more of the world outside and the politics of the nobles too and how the nobles ignored what was happening to the children as it didn’t affect them directly. We see how it affects Rae and the frustrations she feels and it makes her more determined to help, it was interesting to see Thorn as her ally but she was also limited in many ways because of the politics at play. The end of this book and the plot twists and revelations shook me, I was not expecting them at all. And then the book ends in a cliffhanger which has me dying for the next book! As much as we ask for help. We have to help ourselves. I highly recommend this wonderful story with a main character you will fall in love with and root for and I cannot wait for the sequel as there are things which were alluded to in this book that I think will come into play in the sequel, especially the fae angle! Everyone please go read this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vikirna

    Theft of Sunlight is a story of a girl from a small town getting involved in dangerous matters yet not backing down, and I think it's a brilliant and well thought out plot because it's not simple like my description of it. It's so much more complex and its complexity makes it extremely interesting. Amaraeya is a strong young lady who might have faced some shortcomings but has forged ahead regardless. She's stubborn, fiercely loyal to her friends and family and even after struggling with a cripple Theft of Sunlight is a story of a girl from a small town getting involved in dangerous matters yet not backing down, and I think it's a brilliant and well thought out plot because it's not simple like my description of it. It's so much more complex and its complexity makes it extremely interesting. Amaraeya is a strong young lady who might have faced some shortcomings but has forged ahead regardless. She's stubborn, fiercely loyal to her friends and family and even after struggling with a crippled foot, she's never been tired when it comes to bring about justice. Her character growth throughout the story was truly remarkable and I really liked that she was not perfect in any sense but still the best of all the other characters! Protagonists are usually shown as possessing special powers and that's how they're supposed to fight the bad guys but Rae has no special powers and is even at a disadvantage because of her foot, and still she manages to incite terror among the villains. She is a force to be reckoned with. People underestimate her and that's where they go wrong! I really really enjoyed reading about Rae and the whole system of snatching which goes so deep that even I couldn't have guessed the reality! The politics at play had my head spinning at times but it also kept me glued to the book. All the adventures that Rae goes on were really fun though quite intense. The topic that this book deals with is a serious one, so different incidents, especially with Bren, created a lighthearted atmosphere, giving a break from the intensity, which I really liked. Bren is a character that I'd love to read more and more about. He's mysterious and I have a few guesses about who he could be but I'm not going to say anything for certain because the author manages to surprise me everytime I try guesswork! The other characters, the royals and Rae's family were a bit too much in the background and I would've to read more about them, especially the sister Niya. These characters have potential that I believe was left mostly unexplored in this book. But I hope the next book will bring them to the foreground! Lastly, I want to talk about the cliffhanger which made me gasp. I couldn't believe the book just ended like that. I'm so eager to read about what happened next that I don't know how I'll be able to wait for the next book to arrive! Over all, the book was thoroughly enjoyable and very hard to put down once started. It's the perfect blend of fantasy, drama and mystery. A little bit of romance. I'm glad that I was given the opportunity to be able to read it and review it! I look forward to reading more of the author's work. She is a phenomenal writer and I can't wait to see what she has in store for Rae now!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ayah

    Thanks for the eARC, Netgalley! I enjoyed ever moment reading this book. Intisar Khanani is now officially the author whose work I'd read unquestionably, and especially if I want some comfort. I loved so many things about this. Here, I'll give you a list: One, the heroine, Rae, is not the magical character with rare superpowers. A conventional fantasy would designate her sister Niya for that. Instead, Rae is a young woman with a foot deformity that causes a limp, and though she often finds herself Thanks for the eARC, Netgalley! I enjoyed ever moment reading this book. Intisar Khanani is now officially the author whose work I'd read unquestionably, and especially if I want some comfort. I loved so many things about this. Here, I'll give you a list: One, the heroine, Rae, is not the magical character with rare superpowers. A conventional fantasy would designate her sister Niya for that. Instead, Rae is a young woman with a foot deformity that causes a limp, and though she often finds herself at a physical disadvantage among others and is sometimes insecure because of it, she doesn't let it stand in her way of seeking justice. That's another thing I love about her personality. which, although it's defined by her disability, is not solely dependent upon it: she's so passionate and demands morality and justice. Two, I love that the story is centered on the experiences of women characters. The men play important roles, but they are not central: they show up to help as it suits Rae and her mission to uncover the mystery of child trafficking. There's no "male vs female" conflict--they work well together and respect each other's strengths and areas of expertise. Three, romance is not central to the story, yet there are just enough hints towards it and sweet moments that made it really wholesome for me. The focus away from romance really put Rae at the center of the story, and didn't let her become defined by it. However, I do really hope to see some more of it in the sequel! I also love the relationships between married side-characters whom Rae observes, like Filadon/Melly, and (view spoiler)[ Alyrra/Kestrin, whose wedding we witness! I also loved the positive representation for arranged marriage that this couple showed! (hide spoiler)] IN CONCLUSION, I NEED the sequel RIGHT NOW because I can't wait to read more of Rae's story. If you liked Thorn's plot and characters then you'll probably like this book even more, so go ahead and preorder it now! :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Claire

    If you have not read either one of Intisar Khanani's books I could not recommend them both more. I just read Thorn a few days ago, and absolutely loved it and was thrilled to be back in its world, this time from a different point of view. The Theft of Sunlight was simply just beautifully written. Rae was such a lovable character who despite her differences and disability was sarcastic, determined, able, trustworthy and kind, and you cant help but love her and everything she does. I loved how a s If you have not read either one of Intisar Khanani's books I could not recommend them both more. I just read Thorn a few days ago, and absolutely loved it and was thrilled to be back in its world, this time from a different point of view. The Theft of Sunlight was simply just beautifully written. Rae was such a lovable character who despite her differences and disability was sarcastic, determined, able, trustworthy and kind, and you cant help but love her and everything she does. I loved how a small part of Thorn was the main idea in The Theft of Sunlight, and I was very pleased with the crossover characters and was elated to see more of Alyrra and Kestrin. I will say there were a few times were the action in this book was a little bit slower, but it was made up for with beautiful and thoughtful writing, and a twisted and wicked ending. I am very hopeful that there will be a sequel to this book so that I can read more about Rae and her journey!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Israa

    Thank you NetGalley for this advanced copy. When finishing the prequel Thorn, I did not see the need to write a sequel. I had figured that the sequel would be along the story line of the sorceress's curse on the other royal family members, but The Theft of Sunlight features an entirely new heroine. Rae doesn't let a physical disability or lowly status stop her from fighting for what is right. Even though set in a fantasy novel, the story of snatchers and missing children is timely with current e Thank you NetGalley for this advanced copy. When finishing the prequel Thorn, I did not see the need to write a sequel. I had figured that the sequel would be along the story line of the sorceress's curse on the other royal family members, but The Theft of Sunlight features an entirely new heroine. Rae doesn't let a physical disability or lowly status stop her from fighting for what is right. Even though set in a fantasy novel, the story of snatchers and missing children is timely with current events of sex-trafficking. I enjoyed the natural descriptions and magic in Thorn, but it is not as pronounced in this novel. The magic is not as pronounced in this book as it is in the books before it. The majority of the book is clean, with one or two expletives, mild violence (until the end and then it gets very gruesome, and no intimate scenes. The ending leaves you on a definite cliff-hanger, so I hope it does not take 10 years to find out the resolution. After knowing how the story ends, I would recommend it for my school to purchase.

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