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The Theft of Sunlight

(Dauntless Path #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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
Hardcover, 528 pages
Expected publication: March 23rd 2021 by HarperTeen
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Intisar Khanani Hi Erin! Theft started out as a companion novel to Thorn - set in the same world, some crossover characters, but a different heroine (Rae). However, t…moreHi Erin! Theft started out as a companion novel to Thorn - set in the same world, some crossover characters, but a different heroine (Rae). However, the storyline got a little out of hand so it's now a companion duology. XD As such, there will be a second book to wrap up Rae's story. I hope that helps clear things up!(less)
Intisar Khanani Hi La La! Just seeing this (I know, I'm terrible, but I've finally got my notifications set up properly so hopefully I won't miss any more!). I don't …moreHi La La! Just seeing this (I know, I'm terrible, but I've finally got my notifications set up properly so hopefully I won't miss any more!). I don't have a release date as yet for this story, but I am working on it actively now, so hopefully I'll have news in the not-so-distant future. I will do my best to update you here when I have something to share! :)(less)

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Intisar Khanani
Sep 15, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello friends! I am so excited to share Rae's story with you. ARCs are now available through NetGalley and Edelweiss, with release planned for March 2021. 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 ha
Miranda Reads
Oct 16, 2020 is currently reading it

So excited about this Book Haul Video !
Reshma Harripersad
Nov 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
I've read The Bone Knife about 10x already waiting for this book. I want it.
Nov 15, 2016 marked it as to-read
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#0.5 The Bone Knife - ★★★★
#1 The Theft of Sunlight - Anticipating in 2021
The Daydreamologist
Aug 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: self-reward
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 :))))
Farha Mohammed
May 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
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 😭🙌🏼.
Mar 19, 2017 marked it as to-read
I need this book!!!
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
Eustacia Tan
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book!

Rae is so amazing! I just couldn't get enough.

The hardest part about getting an ARC is not only do I have to wait for the book to be released so I can add it to my bookshelf, but I have to wait forever for the next book to come out....

Intisar is such an amazing author. I have read Thorn so many times and I will most likely be rereading this book again when I get my physical copy.

The cliffhanger was brutal, I literally clicked for the next page and yelled "NO!!"
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THORN was one of my favorite reads of 2020, and I was lucky enough to get my hand on an ARC of the sequel, THEFT OF SUNLIGHT. It is every bit as good as THORN but next level in terms of stakes. This is an intricate story that takes on some of the most serious issues in society, such as child trafficking, and is told through a new main character, Rae. (Rae was briefly introduced in the short story at the end of THORN). Her story is carried with an urgency that will have you evaluating the impact ...more
I always love Intisar Khanani’s books, and Rae? I really love Rae. It’s fun to see her intersect with Alyrra from Thorn too, and meet Stonemane again!

Palace intrigue, dark secrets, a handsome thief, high stakes...

That cliffhanger tho! Ughhhh!!!

I’m ready for the next one now!
Marissa Monroe
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a perfect sequel to Thorn. I had so many questions about how the two would be woven together, but Inistar has done it seamlessly. Her characters in Thorn are back and although they are now supporting characters, their story continues and allows me to still read about the characters I grew to love. The new heroine allows us the chance to read about a girl who isn't perfect and still holds her own. I love that we watch her struggle with her own image of who she is throughout the book ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rating-pg-13

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
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you HarperTeen for the chance to read this early.

It's no secret I absolutely love Mrs Khanani's writing, I can't really tell you exactly what it is about her writing that captivates me, the way it does, but honestly once I start reading her stories I can't seem to stop, and this one was no exception.

I have been dying to get my hands on Rae's story ever since I read The Bone Knife years ago.
With that said, I absolutely loved this book!
It was definitely worth the wait.

This was the best way p
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult

Ughhh. This book was so amazing! It perfectly built upon the world and characters introduce in Thorn. Even though I loved getting to see Alyrra, Kestrin, and other characters again, I absolutely enjoyed Rae's story. Rae is such a fierce and strong character. Rae willingly puts herself in danger as she searches for the truth behind the snatchers that have been taking the children of Menaiya. Lucky for Rae she finds an ally in a charmingly annoying thief with secrets of his own
Stephanie Kaczkiewicz
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was able to read this through Netgalley. 4.5 stars.

I enjoyed this even more than “Thorn” and I look forward to the sequel. Rae is a DELIGHT. The book is gripping, with a fantastic cast of characters (some familiar, some new), exquisite worldbuilding, and just the slightest dash of romance. I’m a middle/high school librarian so I go through A LOT of YA novels. Many of them are predictable, and boring. Most of the twists in “Theft” caught me by surprise, and I can only guess what new secrets wil
Crystal Marie White
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a free Ebook in exchange for an honest review!

First off, a confession: When I decided to read this book, I didn't realize it was a sequel, so there are a few elements that were lost on me.

Even so, I loved it! Rae is such a persistent character, and while her adventure was tough, she stuck it out! Which, unfortunately, made this cliffhanger ending hurt even worse.

I'm definitely looking forward to the next book!

I give The Theft of Sunlight 5 out of 5 stars!
Jun 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
THE COVER!!!! 😍😍😍

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Oct 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
Disclaimer: I got this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Rae is fearless and I love seeing how she works as a thief and how detailed everything is. It comes out a couple of days before my birthday and I just adored this book. I'll be doing a detailed review on my blog closer to the release date but just know that this is a must=read!!
Nicole Monk
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ya-fantasy
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Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC via HarperTeen and Netgalley for an unbiased review.

"...I know what I want. I'll simply have to be patient in order to get there."

Hello everyone~! Let's get into a few quick Q&A's before delving into this world and my thoughts.

1. Can I read this book if I haven't read Thorn or The Bone Knife? You shall be exceedingly confused and miss an amazing door of opportunity to get your feels going when you see familiar characters again in this book because ultimately, the
Lauren Neve
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley for an honest review.

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Trigger warnings: ableism (not portrayed in a positive manner), violence, threats of sexual violence, sexism (not portrayed in a positive manner)

This is my first time reading Khanani’s work, but I’m eager to get my hands on more of her books! The Theft of Sunlight was a great read, and I’d recommend it
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
**I received this book from netgalley in exchange for a review**

"Sometimes, when you think things are finished, they are only just beginning."†

I was SUPER excited for this book because I really enjoyed Thorn and I LOVED The Bone Knife... So, of course, my biggest disappointment was that there was so little of Stonemane (from TBK) in this. I was really thinking he was going to be a major player in this book. I was SO pumped to learn more about this capricious fae lord with black hair and “infinit
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the second in a series, although knowledge of the first book isn't necessary so long as the reader is familiar with the Goose Girl fairy tale (reading the Wikipedia summary would also provide sufficient background). There's a great deal of good content, world building, and character development but, overall the plot feels overstuffed. There are too many plot lines in general, as well as far too many plot lines that a country girl with no previous court experience is likely to have such a ...more
Jerold Farver
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent teen fantasy, very timely theme. The story is well written, if a little formulaic,very well paced. Should be very successfull.
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Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Prior to publishing her novels, Intisar worked as a public health consultant on projects relating to infant mortality and minority health, which was as clo ...more

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