Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publishing Information: September 26th 2017 by Macmillan/Imprint
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 am absolutely obsessed with everything that Leigh Bardugo writes so I am unbelievably excited for her newest short story book, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. Everything that I’ve read by her just oozes magic and darkness and I’m sure that The Language of Thorns’ short stories, which are described as being filled with ” betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love,” are going to be just as brilliant. I’m particularly excited to see how she will retell fairytales that we know so well so that they can fit into the Grishaverse because the Grisha world is one that I can revisit over and over again. Also, reading stories about mermaids with voices that can create storms sounds like an amazing spin on The Little Mermaid
Also, I really curious about just the overall format of The Language of Thorns — Leigh is the queen of complex world-building with intricate storylines that span over series. The Language of Thorns tells 6 stories over 224 pages so I’m super interested to see how they compare with her longer series. Definitely counting down the days until this book releases in September!