Review: The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

Review: The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

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.

Review: The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar KhananiTitle: The Theft of Sunlight (Dauntless Path #2)
Series: Dauntless Path #2
Author: Intisar Khanani
Also by this author: Thorn
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 23, 2021
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

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.

About Intisar Khanani

Inistar Khanani

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 close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy.

11 thoughts on “Review: The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

    • Lori says:

      I don’t usually enjoy fantasy, either. There is something about the concept of this one that drew me in. I hope that your daughter enjoys it if she gives it a try!

  1. megan allen says:

    Ahhh! This sounds amazing! I have a love/hate relationships with cliffhangers but I think it would be worth it!

  2. Bea LaRocca says:

    This sounds like a must read for my granddaughter and I. Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details

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