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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Hardcover - 26 September 2017
Bardugo, Leigh (Author)
Kipin, Sara (Illustrator)
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See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with Shadow and Bone, now a Netflix original series.

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.

An Imprint Book

This title has Common Core connections.

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

Read all the books in the Grishaverse!

The Shadow and Bone Trilogy
(previously published as The Grisha Trilogy)
Shadow and Bone
Siege and Storm
Ruin and Rising

The Six of Crows Duology
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom

The King of Scars Duology
King of Scars

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic

Praise for the Grishaverse

"A master of fantasy." --The Huffington Post
"Utterly, extremely bewitching." --The Guardian
"This is what fantasy is for." --The New York Times Book Review
"[A] world that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp." --NPR
"The darker it gets for the good guys, the better." --Entertainment Weekly
"Sultry, sweeping and picturesque. . . . Impossible to put down." --USA Today
"There's a level of emotional and historical sophistication within Bardugo's original epic fantasy that sets it apart." --Vanity Fair
"Unlike anything I've ever read." --Veronica Roth, bestselling author of Divergent
"Bardugo crafts a first-rate adventure, a poignant romance, and an intriguing mystery!" --Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

Customer Reviews

13 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 07 May 2019
Love it so much
By: Ardian Kris

If you love fairy tale and retellings, I would definitely recommend this book to you. Leigh Bardugo is a master storyteller. I love the dark atmospheric story of this book. And also this has beautiful growing illustrations on each page.

13 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 05 April 2018
The lullaby!
By: Cikita Oktarina

I love this book! Reminding me of my childhood with fairytale and all you could imagine when you were child, it's a lot of moral lesson, and the illustrations in it!!! You must be couldn't get enough!

13 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 29 January 2018
Beautiful piece of book
By: Hikmalinda Ayu Safitri

A SUPER BEAUTIFUL BOOK! It is really beautiful in all aspects. Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated dark fairy tale. I can't get enough of all stories in this book. This book will tell some informations for readers who have read Shadow and Bone trilogy also by Leigh Bardugo, but it won't affect anything for those who haven't read the trilogy since it is not actually related to the story. You will find a lot of moral values from these stories. Totally worth it!

13 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 08 January 2018
A review
By: Vonnita Swasthalina Linggo

As a fan of Leigh Bardugo's work, I find this book vey fascinating, Every story captures my attention in very distinct ways. I especially enjoy the stories which are a twist to the fairytails that we know. All in all, it is a very good book. With a very unique way of story telling, this book is exciting from the words used to the illustrations on the pages.

13 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 08 January 2018
Captivating and beautifully illustrated
By: Gentur Aji Satyananto

I love this one. The growing illustration in every page made me imagining which part of the illutration can be related to the story on this page. And the final illustration in the end of the story is just stunning. For the story, I especially like the first and the last story. So deep in the meaning. We can also learn more about Grishaverse through these stories. Overall, this one is a terrific combination of story and picture.

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