Review: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo


A brief synopsis:

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.


Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.53 stars)

My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5 stars)


I loved reading this collection of short stories, and this has made me want to get back into the Grishaverse and finally start the Six of Crows duology, which has been staring at me from my TBR for much longer than I would care to admit.

This collection highlights the different worlds that Bardugo creates, and these stories are filled with creepiness and intrigue. There is everything that you can possibly want in this collection, from clever animals, to in-love puppets, to lesbian mermaids, among other things. My favourite story was The Witch of Duva, as I felt like this story intrigued me the most, and one that I felt was far too short! The other stories are just as good though!

This is a rather short review, because you just need to read and imagine the stories in this book for yourself.


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