Saturday, 6 July 2019

Book Review: The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse) by Leigh Bardugo (YA/Fantasy)

Title: The Language of Thorns
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher:
Imprint

Publication Date: 2017
Pages:
281
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
YA/Fantasy
Source:
Borrowed from the Library

 


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.

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.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales 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, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


I loved The Language of Thorns. The six narratives read as fairytales, in the familiar style of such stories, but with a Grishaverse twist. I could definitely imagine the characters in Bardugo's other works growing up with these tales, and I enjoyed the subtle connections to other parts of Grishaverse. Overall a delightful collection that will bring enjoyment to both Grishaverse fans and readers new to Barudgo's writing who simply love a good fairytale. 4.5 stars.

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