55 pages / 213 KB (The Bone Knife is about 24 pages. File also includes sample chapters)
I admit to a certain amount of disappointment when at 46% I reached the end of the story. Rae and her sisters and parents, and the Faerie who visited, were all fun, and enjoyable.
This is not a short story about a young woman who is orphaned, or abandoned, who must 'go it alone' — this is a story about a family, and how they live with their fears and their love for each other.
Being a short story, there wasn't a great deal of time to flesh out the characters, or explain why Rae's family seemed somewhat different from the villagers. A possibility of that difference is the secret they are keeping.
This is a prequel to a trilogy the author is working on, and I understand Rae will once again make an appearance. I hope her sisters do, too. I look forward to reading more by this author in my near future.