The Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales And Dangerous Magic by Leigh BardugoThe Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales And Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

The Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales And Dangerous Magic

byLeigh BardugoIllustratorSara Kipin

Hardcover | September 26, 2017

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Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Enter the Grishaverse...

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns will transport you to lands both familiar and strange-to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, each of them lavishly illustrated and culminating in stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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A New York Times Bestseller

"Lushly designed and wonderfully rendered ... Bardugo doesn't twist familiar tales so much as rip them open." -Booklist, starred review

"Strong writing, compelling stories, and gorgeous illustrations make this collection a must-have." -School Library Journal, starred review

"Beautiful imagery conceived from precise, beautiful prose; beautiful cover image and interior illustrations that creep across each page toward a beautiful consummation; beautiful lands inhabited by beautiful hearts." -VOYA, starred review

"Elegantly crafted...stylishly intricate illustrations...all fans of the darker side of folktales and folktale-like stories will find the stories satisfyingly full of pain, danger, and vengeance." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Gorgeously otherworldly...Any lover of retellings or original fairy tales will enjoy." -Kirkus Reviews

"Gorgeous, cruel and almost wistful windows onto the dreamscapes and hard lessons of [Bardugo's] alternate universe . fairy tales with all the darkness intact." -NPR Book Review

"Those who seem innocent are shown to be guilty, one-dimensional characters become more complicated, and mothers who once were absent are given presence and power." -Mashable

"This new collection will intrigue, awe, frighten, and inspire both stalwart fans and new readers looking for a heady spoonful of fantasy." -Hypable

"This nightmare-inducing collection is short but powerful, each tale as brilliant and absorbing as the one before... brilliant storytelling" -Romantic Times

"Marvelous tales, as full of twists and delights and strangeness as anything found in the Grimm Brothers. Leigh Bardugo is a master." -Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns-with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Som...
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Title:The Language Of Thorns: Midnight Tales And Dangerous MagicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.58 × 6.37 × 0.92 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:ImprintLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:125012252X

ISBN - 13:9781250122520

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairy tales! This was a very interesting read. Three of the tales take place within the Grishaverse, which I thought was really neat. If you want to learn more about a culture, take a look at their fairy tales. These tales certainly do fit within what my imagination figured would be children's fairy tales in Ravka. Some are very similar to our own tales, but with very different outcomes.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5/5 The thing with anthologies is that I don't always like every story, even if the overall feel from reading it was amazing. The fact that the stories were fairytales from a different world made me feel warm inside, and captures the spirit of the classic Disney stories (albeit in a more mature way)
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Worth the buy! There's illustrations on every page, which grow to form a full picture at the end of each story. My favourites were Ayama And The Thorn Wood and The Witch of Duva.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Mesmerizing Read! ***4.5 stars*** Drawing inspirations from folklore, myths and fairy tales, The Language of Thorns is a collection of six enchanting stories that take place in the Grishaverse universe. The stories are dark and haunting, with ending that may not always be a happy one - depending on one's perspective. Just like any other short stories, there are some that are more enjoyable than the rest. The six stories in this book and my ratings for them: 1. Ayama and the Thorn Wood (5/5) 2. The Too-Clever Fox (3/5) 3. The Witch of Duva (4/5) 4. Little Knife (2.5/5) 5. The Soldier Prince (4/5) 6. When Water Sang Fire (5/5) - the longest story in this book! Readers could definitely feel some vibe of Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Hansel & Gretel, & Little Mermaid. But this does not deprive the reader from enjoying these stories which are brilliantly written from the creativity and imagination of the talented author. I enjoy the rhythmic prose and mellifluous storytelling, which enhanced the enjoyment of my reading experience. Fantasy is not my usual go to genre because the unique names and places usually confuse me. I am bad in that way. I have the same issue with this book but thankfully it did not pose a major issue for me! The beautiful illustrations are definitely an added bonus to this book! The illustrations are powerful and somewhat haunting, and I think they complement the stories brilliantly. The font are in red and blue colours. Since it is something new for me, I find it somewhat refreshing! Truth be told, I dived into this book without any foreknowledge about the author or the Grishaverse series. What caught my attention was definitely the cover and that it is a collection of short stories. If you are caught in the same situation like me, no worries! You do not have to read the series first. You will still be able to enjoy this wonderfully mesmerizing read!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Interesting read, however, these shorts weren't as captivating as the shadow and bone trilogy or the six of crows duology.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it First of all, the cover and book in general is so beautiful! I love the colour scheme. It's what drew me to the book. I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom not too long ago and loved it. So when I saw this book by the same author, I immediately knew I wanted to read this. The short stories are quick to read and enchanting. I can't say I loved them all, but I definitely enjoyed reading this collection.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book! I chose this book because of the cover honestly, and a love for fairy tales. This book was so much more. I loved the darkness of the fairy tales, leaving you with more to think about then the happy ending you would expect. Illustrations are amazing and the tales are beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy, Fun Fairy Tales; Gorgeous Illustrations These stories felt like genuine fairy tales - like the sort you grow up hearing, as commonplace as godmothers, glass slippers, and talking animals. They leave you feeling a tad wiser, as each of them has a lesson of some sort, but also uneasy, taking extra care to behave yourself lest one of the monsters from the stories seek you out. Bardugo's tales were a pleasure to read. My absolute favorites were Ayama And The Thorn Wood, and The Too-Clever Fox. The Witch Of Duva sent a shiver down my spine; Little Knife was satisfying in its outcome; The Soldier Prince was eerie; and When Water Sang Fire had an ending that left me feeling very chilled indeed. Clever heroines, dastardly villains, jaw-dropping plot twists - all of this, combined with gorgeous illustrations, made this book an absolute pleasure to read. I wish I could have loved the other four tales as much as the first two, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and so I'm not rounding up my rating of 4.5/5 stars to a full five. Still, this was a beautiful, heart-rending book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. Super amazing, beautiful book! Very poetic and descriptive.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Amazing illustrations along with amazing stories that fit into the universe so wel
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flipping Amazing Six beautiful short stories perfect for both new readers and fans of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse. The illustrations adorning almost every page also create a magical and enticing atmosphere.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful. And not just the stories. The artwork is incredible. This book feels wonderful!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So, so breathtaking! I knew going into this I would love it. Bardugo is one of my all time favourite writers, so I knew I could trust to love this book. The illustrations were top notch and the feminist twist on these fairytales (some based off of actual fairytales) were SO GOOD. My only negative is I didn't like the Nutcracker story, but other than that the rest were full of plot twists that had me gasping out loud and glued to the page.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good, BEAUTIFUL illustrations! Despite being a person who generally doesn't enjoy short stories, I quite liked this book. Lovely to read short stories set in a universe I already know!
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Inside and Out! #plumreview First of all the cover and artwork are gorgeous! There are six fairytales in the book and not ones of them I found boring. They were all amazingly told and left me wanting to read more from the Grishaverse. The stories are beautiful and dark. I would reccomend this to anyone who loves Leigh Bardugos other books, but I would also recoomend this to people who like short stories and fairytales. You don`t need to read the other books to appreciate this one.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book This is the most beautiful novel I own! The stories remind me of Grimm Fairytales, and the artwork inside is amazing! I love Bardugo's writing.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bardugo does it again #plumreview these short stories will leave you with goosebumps and all the feels
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from love the design of the book but only about half the stories. rounds out my Grishaverse collection, however, and really is just to pretty not to own
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow After reading this book, I was amazed. Leigh Bardugo’s writing is fantastic and I even got goosebumps. A definete must read!!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing! I really loved this book; I find I could read it over and over again and still not grow tired of it.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, dark and twisty fairy tale collection I wasn't expecting to love this book quite as much as I did. The stories have a very dark, Russian fairy tale feel to them, which is perfect for this -20 degree weather we've been having. It really puts me in the mood to read Russian literature/fairy tales. There are 6 fairy tales in this collection and I think Leigh did an amazing job. The illustrations build on each other, page by page, and really add to the overall dark, twisty theme of the stories. I think my favourite story was probably the first one in the book, Ayama and the Thorn Wood. Most of these stories were 5 stars, and the one I liked least was still enjoyable but just not quite as riveting as the rest. I hope that Leigh Bardugo writes more stories like this because I will gobble them up! "So shut the window tight, and make sure the latch is fastened. Dark things have a way of slipping in through narrow spaces"
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, Twisty, Magical, Classic I went into this thinking it would just be tales from the Grishaverse. I'm not really huge on side stories/novellas so I wasn't really excited but I love Leigh Bardugo's writing and the cover was gorgeous. What I got when I cracked this book open was nothing that I imagined and everything I didn't know I wanted. It was dark, it was twisty, it filled me with magic and had the feel of every classic fable/fairy tale that I've ever read and loved. These stories were a perfect winter read, begging to be read aloud and enjoyed timelessly. I 100% recommend this even if you've never read anything else in the Grisha-universe, these tales stand alone.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ This is an amazing book. The different stories are enchanting and I found I could not put the book down. I have read her other books and each time I fall more and more with her works.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will read this to my children Damn this was such a cool book, so different from usual reads. My faves were the first and last one.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Magical (and dark) fairy tales I agree with the reviewer who said the stories in the 2nd half of the book are stronger. The shorties at the beginning have too many holes and short cuts, and the longer pieces gives Bardugo a bit more space to develop plot and characters and truly work her magic. These stories were all a bit dark and feminist and I enjoyed them. A worthwhile read and a beautiful book.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MAGICAL!! Lovely book...a fairytale that just keeps going....beautifully done!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good and full of action in the second half
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic 4.5 stars An absolute treasure trove of wonderfully wicked and unflinchingly honest stories. These stories are not in the business of wish fulfillment—not to say that some of them don't have "happy endings," but rather that those endings always come at a cost. If these tales are dark, it is only because they refuse to pretend that the dark doesn't exist. And let me tell you, Bardugo's writing is just exquisite
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made Me Want to Re-Read the Grishaverse Such great stories (though I'd definitely suggest reading the other books in this universe first). Sweet, sad, "real" fairytales (ie. not the Disney endings). Bardugo at her best. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Simply put, if you like the Shadow and Bone series than I think you’ll enjoy this! The illustrations and the colours are absolutely amazing. There’s definitely use of some traditional tales like Red Riding Hood but Bardugo made them her and Grisha’s own. She managed to keep that Russian influence as well. Now I want to reread to Shadow and Bone and trilogy…and Six of Crows duology…and I need the Nikolai duology now! I got so excited when the book would reference a person or event or place that was connected to the original Grisha books. This is definitely a book that I think I’d want to re-read around Halloween and between each Grisha book as well. It’s not scary but it’s a little creepy with some actual morals. This just screams Brothers Grimm to me rather than Disney-fied which I find quite rare when authors try to do fairytales or retellings now a days. I am so immensely impressed that Bardugo was able to take those original dark fairytales and keep that Grimm influence while also making it Grisha and making it unique. I’m not totally sure which was my favourite but I can’t get the one with the clever fox or the village where the girls are going missing out of my head!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book! *I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* The Language of Thorns contains six short stories that caution readers (using fantasy) about horrors that relate to everyday life. Each short story addresses different dark issues in society: the dangers associated with judging a book by its cover, cruelty, loneliness, betrayal, guilt, and many more. It should have no trouble selling in stores, as it is hands down one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Each page contains a wonderful illustration that grows as the story progresses. Please note: I thoroughly enjoyed each tale even though I have never read a book in the GrishaVerse. Recommended for fans of Aesop's Fables by Aesop and The Complete Grimm's Fairytales by Jacob Grimm.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok nonetheless, it was entertaining and definitely kept me interested
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS by Leigh Bardugo is a gorgeous anthology of six fairytale-like illustrated stories set in the Grishaverse. Whether you’ve read every Bardugo book or the Grishaverse is entirely new to you, there will be a story to enchant and frighten you. The illustrations were stunning and truly made the stories. The format of the book: the writing would be in the usual place, taking up most of the page with illustrations surrounding it. I loved that as you turned the page, the illustration would be added to, as if you’ve been given another clue as to how the story will end. The more you read, the more hints you’re given. The pages that followed the end of the story would be a completely illustrated two-page spread. It just added so much to the anthology. The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because sometimes I get annoyed with that common fairytale narrative “a couple had a daughter but she was boring/ugly/useless so they treated her more like a servant but the daughter became used to it so oh well” or “she was so beautiful everyone wanted to marry her but also very kind”. I know they’re central aspects of a fairytale but they still annoy me. Here are my individual ratings and thoughts on each short story: Ayama and the Thorn Wood – 4/5 stars – I liked this one and it was definitely the right story to start the anthology. Bardugo explains in the author’s note where her inspiration for this story came from, but I saw different fairytales and myths in this one. The Too-Clever Fox – 5/5 stars – This is probably my third-favourite story in the collection. I loved Koja, the “too-clever fox” and I didn’t guess the plot twist until it was too late. The Witch of Duva – 3.5/5 stars – I’ve read this one before so it didn’t entertain me as much as the first time but I still didn’t guess the ending until halfway through. Little Knife – 5/5 stars – I absolutely loved this one! This is probably my favourite out of all of them, simply because the ending truly wowed me. I didn’t see it coming and now I’m imagining so many possibilities, of what happened after the ending. Just superb! The Soldier Prince – 4/5 stars – I liked the last half more than the first. I really loved the way it ended. This one was set in Kerch and when I read Six of Crows (hopefully soon) I’ll be looking for hints of this story in the SoC duology. When Water Sang Fire – 5/5 stars – This one would’ve been my favourite because mermaids! if the ending of Little Knife hadn’t wowed me so much. This story deserves a gold star or something for drawing the most emotion out of me. I felt joy, sadness, anger and a need for revenge!! The ending had closure and I can pretty much guess what a sequel would entail but I still need one. SPOILERS BELOW That being said, the more I think about the ending, the more angry I am. I would’ve taken a happy ending over a character who’s fate is basically to become an anti-hero or villain. I actually thought Ulla and Signy would end up throwing the prince away and rule together as queens. I don’t know, that’s what I got from the way they interacted with each other. SPOILERS END I would still 100% recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great influence for girls beautifully illustrated fairytales with a twist.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good retelling of fairy tales! I enjoyed these retelling of fairy tales in the land of Grisha. The illustrations were fantastic. Such a beautiful book
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Re-Imagined, Magical Fairy Tales “I was not made for pleasing princes.” Despite the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of short stories or anthologies, when Leigh Bardugo announced that she was writing one for the Grishaverse, completed with ILLUSTRATIONS, I knew I would be reading this book. Leigh Bardugo is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE authors ever since I dove into Shadow and Bone, way back when it wasn’t called that, but it was called The Gathering Dark. I fell in LOVE with the Grisha Trilogy and then when the Six of Crows Duology released, I knew that I would always read this brilliant author’s brilliant books. If you don’t already know, my main reason for not liking short stories are that they seem so incomplete to me and the minute I get invested, the story is over. Poof. And yet, not once in these reimagined fairy tales did I feel like that. I was either mesmerized by Leigh’s magical writing style, in awe of Sara Kipin’s illustrations or just waiting to see what would happen next. Let’s break this down story wise: 1) Amaya and the Thorn Wood: I love books about girls with strong hearts who know only to tell the truth and aren’t fooled by frivolities. Amaya was one of these girls and the story of her, a great bear and tales weaved around sadness, love and those who are supposed to love us and sisterhood wrung my heart. I love how this story was told with a stark, honest voice and it was definitely me favourite in the collection. 2) The Too Clever Fox: Before I began this story, I thought it was about Prince Nikolai Lantsov, the prince whose nickname was the Clever Fox. He comes in the Grisha trilogy, makes an appearance in the Sic of Crown duology and now, HE’S GETTING HIS OWN SERIES. Which is beside the point because this story is all about an actual fox and the wit he uses to survive. There’s a hunter, friendship, love, betrayal and wit that will make you smile. 3) The Witch Of Duva: This story is a reimagined Hansel and Gretel retelling, and it’s reimagined in a way only Leigh Bardugo could. Who is the person at fault? The wicked stepmother, the evil witch or the spineless father? I loved how magic was weaved into this tale, and you’ll get no spoilers from me. Just know that this isn’t your traditional fairy tale. 4) Little Knife: I ADORED this story because for the first time, Grisha power was mentioned and used. This story revolves around tasks set to win the hand of the fairest maiden in the land and the magic that surrounds it all. It’s filled with Tidemaker power and I loved every second of it. 5) The Soldier Prince: This story is a reimagined Nutcracker story with Grisha Fabrikator magic and the spirit of a toy who learns to find his own desires. This is probably one of the more out there stories in this collection, but I loved it anyway. 6) When Water Sang Fire: This was my second favourite story in this collection because it had mermaids, sisterhood, music, magic and most importantly, a character who is one of my favourites from the Grisha trilogy and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT. Also, IS SHE STILL ALIVE AND WILL WE BE MEETING HER IN THE NEXT PART OF THE GRISHA SERIES? A mystical, magical collection of re-imagined fairy tales written in a way only a true master like Leigh Bardugo could, with illustrations that bring words to life. 4.5 stars.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg love it!! definitely recommend for fans of leigh bardugo and her grisha books!
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Magical and Amazing! Beautiful retellings of a blend of mythology and and fairy tales. The illustrations with these tales are absolutely stunning as well.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical This was the first book I read by Leigh Bardugo and I absolutely loved her twists on the fairy tales. Beautiful writing and a gorgeously illustrated book. I will definitely be hunting down her other books now.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good i really love this book, highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hugely inventive and amazing Bardugo absolutely knew what she was doing when she wrote this book. So many of the myths have half-shared stories with ours, and she uses those intentional similarities to pull the rug out from under our feet. I especially loved the mermaid one. They have quite different morals for the stories than I think ours do! Don't trust fairweather friends, watch your back. All things that definitely fit into the world of stories that she's built in her series, where these tales belong. Seriously good!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hugely inventive and amazing Bardugo absolutely knew what she was doing when she wrote this book. So many of the myths have half-shared stories with ours, and she uses those intentional similarities to pull the rug out from under our feet. I especially loved the mermaid one. They have quite different morals for the stories than I think ours do! Don't trust fairweather friends, watch your back. All things that definitely fit into the world of stories that she's built in her series, where these tales belong. Seriously good!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I've got no words for how much I loved this book. Seriously, being a fan of the Grishaverse makes this an extra special treat, but I would also recommend it to anyone who loves breathtaking fantasy and grew up reading fairytales. Each story was different, based off well known folklore but given a fantastic twist, and I honestly can hardly pick a favourite (though it's probably the last one). The writing was equally as gorgeous as the creative artwork, which I was happy to discover is placed through the entire book. It's art through and through, and I was so happy to pick it up and experience it, then explain what it was to countless people who asked me. If you're a fan of Leigh Bardugo, the Grisha books, if you love fairytales with powerful women at their helm, or if you simply love short, fantasy stories, this is the book you've been waiting for. Pick it up ASAP––you won't regret it!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She did it again. Soon good. I needed this fall read.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly beautiful tales Leigh Bardugo is one of my top 3 favourite authors and she does not disappoint with this collection of dark and clever short stories. This is the kind of book you want to read around a campfire. The illustrations are magnificent. They become more elaborate as each story progresses until the final image at the end. Very cool! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More of the Grishaverse This is a gorgeous new book that delves into the Grishaverse. Any fan of Leigh Bardugo will not be disappointed. Recommendation: Read the Grisha trilogy first! And then the Six of Crows duology.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from emotional emotional journey. be warned. feel the despair tbh. but i loved it. honestly at this point i would probably read leigh bardugo's shopping list. i'm sure it would be fascinating. i love the writing style and just ALL THE PLOTS in general.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from looks so good I'm really excited for this
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Bought this last week, such a motivating and great book
Date published: 2017-08-28

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Bestseller "Lushly designed and wonderfully rendered ... Bardugo doesn't twist familiar tales so much as rip them open." -Booklist, starred review "Strong writing, compelling stories, and gorgeous illustrations make this collection a must-have." -School Library Journal, starred review"Beautiful imagery conceived from precise, beautiful prose; beautiful cover image and interior illustrations that creep across each page toward a beautiful consummation; beautiful lands inhabited by beautiful hearts." -VOYA, starred review"Elegantly crafted...stylishly intricate illustrations...all fans of the darker side of folktales and folktale-like stories will find the stories satisfyingly full of pain, danger, and vengeance." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review"Gorgeously otherworldly...Any lover of retellings or original fairy tales will enjoy." -Kirkus Reviews"Gorgeous, cruel and almost wistful windows onto the dreamscapes and hard lessons of [Bardugo's] alternate universe . fairy tales with all the darkness intact." -NPR Book Review"Those who seem innocent are shown to be guilty, one-dimensional characters become more complicated, and mothers who once were absent are given presence and power." -Mashable"This new collection will intrigue, awe, frighten, and inspire both stalwart fans and new readers looking for a heady spoonful of fantasy." -Hypable "This nightmare-inducing collection is short but powerful, each tale as brilliant and absorbing as the one before... brilliant storytelling" -Romantic Times"Marvelous tales, as full of twists and delights and strangeness as anything found in the Grimm Brothers. Leigh Bardugo is a master." -Kelly Link, author of Get in TroublePraise for Crooked Kingdom:"It's a delicious blend of masterfully executed elements ... Bardugo outdoes herself in this exhilarating follow-up, and series fans will have their eyes glued to every page."-Booklist, starred review. "Un-put-down-able excitement from beginning to end." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review. "Bardugo's ingenious plotting that characterized Crows is again on full display, and the backstories, loyalties, flaws, and romantic alliances..are richly developed." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB), starred review Praise for Six of Crows:"This has all the right elements to keep readers enthralled: an entertainingly combative team of skilled misfits, a twisty plot, and a nerve-wracking cliffhanger." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Cracking page-turner with a multi ethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review"This is an easy choice for teens who enjoyed the Grisha Trilogy, Diviners, or any of the Shadowhunter books." -VOYA, starred review