Book: The Theft of Sunlight (Dauntless Paths #2)
Author: Intisar Khanani
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: 23rd March 2021
Purchase Link: Amazon UK,
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.
My review of Thorn can be found here.
Which of us has not made mistakes when faced with more than we can handle?Thorn, Intisar Khanani
I don’t think I can quite describe how much I loved this book. I thought Thorn was a masterpiece but this book surpassed all my expectations (and they were already quite high!)
Intisar managed to write an absolutely perfect sequel to Thorn. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, the story is much better with the background in place from the first book. Seeing my favourite characters from book 1 was amazing and I cannot wait for more.
There’s always a way out if you look hard enoughThe Theft of Sunlight, Intisar Khanani
The characters felt stronger in this book and the plot is more focused. I loved Alyrra and Rae, and they truly were balanced well by their counterparts.
I loved seeing Rae work through her disability as opposed to against it. Although there were times where she was limited in what she could do, she always found ways to tackle it and work around the issue.
The fact that she learned to fight because she couldn’t run was incredible and strengthened her character. As did her using politics to her advantage whenever she was unable to fight.
Perhaps I cannot fix everything in this moment. But I can do this: start somewhere and keep going.Thorn, Intisar Khanani
I cannot really think of anything I would like to change or add to this books to make it better but I honestly cannot wait to see what Intisar writes and releases next.
All in all – this book was absolutely fabulous and I definitely recommend it! But fair warning to everyone – there IS a cliffhanger.
A few of the things I loved:
-Rae (of course). Not only is she a fierce character, she also has a disability that often influences how she sees the world and herself in it. I’m not the best judge of this particular part of the book but I do believe that Intisar handled this issue extremely well.
-The romance (duh!) I absolutely love how Intisar handles romance. It’s always subtle and extremely well developed.
-The themes. This book is a bit dark and deals with the issue of human trafficking. I felt that the book dealt with this issue with the appropriate gravity. It’s not sensationalized in the book or exploitative.
Trickery is just another word for betrayal.The Theft of Sunlight, Intisar Khanani
In conclusion, I absolutely recommend both Thorn and the Theft of Sunlight to anyone who loves political intrigue and retellings!