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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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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
"Gorgeously otherworldly...Any lover of retellings or original fairy tales will enjoy." ―Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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
“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
Praise 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
About the Author
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 Some of the Best from Tor.com and The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
Illustrator Sara Kipin is best known for her fantasy works portraying strong, self-empowered, feminine characters. Her style is inspired by early animation and romantic paintings. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives in Burbank, California.
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So what are they exactly? Tales of warning and hard lessons, darkness with glimpses of light, and characters who must grab hold of their fate or else the world will decide it for them. Reminders that life can yank the rug out from under your feet at any moment, and that greed, jealousy, and ambition can be more dangerous than magic. Tastes of the distinct flavors, cultures, and belief systems that populate the GrishaVerse. And subtle twists on familiar creatures and otherworldly beings that make them fresh and exciting.
The writing in THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS is... just... ohhhh, to die for. Lush and elegant, vivid and eerie, all without going overboard. I'd go so far as to describe Leigh Bardugo's style here as "word-painting." She truly has become an artist in her craft. (Not to mention I got a strong Neil Gaiman vibe from this book, which is thrilling because I think he's one of LB's influences.) And Sara Kipin's illustrations are so intricate and haunting. Make sure you take the time to pause at every page and see how each tale's "big picture" is unfurling.
N.K. Jemisin, Katharine Arden, you have serious competition for claiming the top of my 2017 favorite reads. Watch out. ;)
I absolutely loved reading these tales and oh my, the cover (both the dust jacket and what’s beneath) is utterly gorgeous! But not only is the outside beautiful but the inside as well! The gradual progression of the drawings bordering each page of a story is brilliant and the illustrations are all so lovely!
Each story is told in a voice I could easily hear standing alongside those of the famous Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. And similarly these tales are much darker and more grisly than what can be found on the Disney classics shelves. What I really enjoyed I think was how Bardugo took inspiration from the world she’s crafted in her books and inspiration from fairytales handed down in our own world and merged the two, instilling vaguely familiar tales with a much fuller story and deeper message. As beloved as fairytales are one must admit that they are often a bit nonsensical, predictable, and seem to only skim the surface. These tales however are short but well developed and thought out, brimming with a relatable authenticity that one can either identify with or at least grasp its lessons.
If you’re a fan of fairytales, folktales, wives tales, or the Grishaverse, then I definitely recommend you grab a copy of this beautiful book!
**Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it if you love fantasy, magic, folklore and very intricate yet delicate plot twists.
I apologize for my grammar and spelling. I am writing this from my cell phone. That is how much I adored this book!
With the amalgam of several fairy and folktales in each story, they made for some interesting reading. Many felt like bizarre, primitive origin stories actually, and with that, they are not for juvenile readers. (Murder, mayhem, and hints of molestation are not for kids, or the faint-of-heart).
While all six stories were little gems on their own, my favorites were the first - 'Ayama and the Thorn Wood', and 'The Soldier Prince'. Unlike many fairytales, these two expressed free will more than anything, and I really appreciated that.