The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6) by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)

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 atmospher...

Details The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)

TitleThe Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)
Release DateSep 26th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Short Stories, Fiction

Reviews The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)

  • Emily May
    So shut the window tight and make sure the latch is fastened. Dark things have a way of slipping in through narrow spaces. *shivers*Bardugo is definitely at her best when writing short stories. These dark, haunting and beautifully-written little fairy tales had me reading at every spare moment. They have that timeless fairy tale quality, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman and Laini Taylor’s Lips Touch: Three Times. And if you’re considering whether i...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    THIS WAS SO GOOD AND I'M NOT SURPRISED AT ALL ABOUT ITThis was delightfully dark and creepy and was the perfect fairy tale collection for a universe I have come to love. Leigh Bardugo is not only incredible at writing novels, she also writes outstanding shorter pieces. Her writing style is perfect for fairy tales. I'M OBSESSED. Also THE ILLUSTRATIONS oh my goodness I could not stop marvelling at them and how they formed a frame around the pages a...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    "It was only then that she saw the black-clad boy crossing the room toward her. The shadows seemed to shift as he passed, pulled along by him like a tide." Hello, Darkling. THIS WAS SO GOOD.YOU GUYS. I can't even function to write a full review so I'm going to wait.But.The last story.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??? IS SHE STILL ALIVE?? SEND HELPMy Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
  • Melanie
    The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is a bind up of six fairy tales that take place in the Grishaverse, which is the same world that her Shadow and Bone series and her Six of Crows series take place! All of these are expertly crafted. All of these are so very lyrical and beautiful. All of these feel powerful and impactful. All of these are absolutely haunting. And only Leigh Bardugo could bring me to tears while reading the...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    UPDATE: $2.99 on Kindle US today 2/2/19My October 2017 Fairyloot! I added a link below this picture if you want to go see close-ups of the goodies =) ♥CLOSE UP PICSThese stories were awesome. Well, one that I read when it was free on Tor I only gave 3 stars because of the hunting but other than that, they were pretty dark and cool! I'm just going to add pictures of the postcards I got in my Fairyloot box because these are the same pictures they...
  • C.G. Drews
    I think I just fell into the DARK WITCH'S WOOD OF MAGIC and I am literally bursting with love. Like please just insert ALL the heart-eye emojis here. What is this magical thing?!? I was smitten, I tell you. And plus the bookish-inception isn't lost on me ok. This is like a story within a story.Why must the Grishaverse be so AMAZING. I want 9.All the fairy tales have faint resemblance to ones I know! Like I could see Little Mermaid influences and ...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    These are so, so utterly beautiful. I have not actually read the Grisha Trilogy [okay. now I have.], only Six of Crows, but Bardugo's attention to detail in planning her Grisha world comes through in every one of her books that I've read. This one is no exception. Somehow, these stories are more than just folktales; they feel both like folktales told by your grandmother and ghost stories told by your friend beside a campfire. It wasn't the canni...
  • jessica
    'tis the season for fairy tales and leigh bardugo is a retelling queen! but honestly, she could write the same word over and over for 100 pages and i would still love it. plus, the illustrations in this are nothing short of remarkable! this is such a treasure of a book!ayama and the thorn wood - ive actually never heard this story before, but its such an beautiful telling and so unique!4.5/5the too clever fox - basically, this makes me wish i wa...
  • Sana
    I just finished reading this and honestly where the fuck is The Darkling, I'm so confused.----UPDATE: Just found out my soul mate Daddy Darkling in this book and I'm having a hard time breathing. Fucking hElp mE IM DYING*implodes*-----------y'all don't even know how bad I want my daddy Darkling to be in this
  • Katerina
    Who knew that genuine beauty can be found in midnight tales infused with a dash of twisted? “Bad fates do not always follow those who deserve them.” The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is a collection of tales inspired by folklore and beloved stories, such as The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel and The Nutcracker, but they follow a different path. Through lush, marvelous illustrations and words that warm your heart o...
  • karen
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best YA fantasy! what will happen?this is gonna be just pure reader response here, with no attempt made towards any objective assessment or critical analysis. when it comes to bardugo’s fairy tales, i’m just a box full of puppies and all i can do is grin. i’d read three of these stories before this collection was published, as free tor shorts. i reviewed ‘em here, if you really do need to hav...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Ok, this writer just keeps getting steadily better... The stories here? Totally insane! Unexpectedly cool and twisted, in an incredibly good way. Actually, we have since ages read and heard fairy tales. How often have we strayed with our thoughts from the usual to contemplate what happens after all those princes marry all those girls and everyone gets their happy ever after. Does everyone get it? Do those gnomes or spirits get to be happy? Are jh...
  • Warda
    So, I'm having a WTF-did-I-really-give-this-a-three-star-rating moment. I honestly thought I was going to love this! (See my excitement below!)And since I pretty much converted to Bardugo-ism last year, I thought, that's it. This woman can write whatever, and it'll be perfect and as if I've been handed a slice of heaven itself. I mean, she's queen. All hail! This collection just did not do it for me. It could be my slumpish mood... however, I did...
  • Nat
    Having to wait on the release for this illustrated collection of original fairy tales since the start of the year was nearly excruciating. I even went ahead and read The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo a month after the news to calm my eagerness. But here I am finally ready to dive into my long awaited review for this collection!Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and ging...
  • emma
    “I hope you enjoy these stories and the world they populate. I hope you read them aloud when the weather turns cold. And when your chance comes, I hope you stir the pot.”Have you ever read a book so good it makes you want to retry a book you DNFed? A book you hated so much that getting to the 100-page mark put you in a reading slump? A book you disliked so strongly, you stopped reading it, something you have only done nine times, including te...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    LEIGH BARDUGO IS THE QUEEN OF YA FANTASYIONLYPOSTFACTSListen, I love the GrishaVerse so much. It's one of my favourite high fantasy worlds, and you can tell Leigh Bardugo loves it so much herself and has put so much work into it. The Grisha world just keeps on expanding and every expansion really makes me heart sing. This world is a little twisted, a little creepy, a little shattered. Filled with broken people and stories, with creepy histories a...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ''You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled- not with all the good food or sunshine in the world.'' Leigh Bardugo is a writer that doesn't need introductions. I haven't read the Crows Duology but I enjoyed the Grisha Trilogy immensely and I knew that a short stories collection inspired by the Grisha universe would be as dark and complex as the Darkling's fascinating world. I wasn't disap...
  • may ❀
    Leigh’s back again, ruining lives, destroying homes, making little children (me) cry thank you for this leigh, its v welcome Ayama and the Thorn Wood ~ 4.5 stars- This story man, it was great- Fantastic, superb, entertaining- What an excellent kick off for the collection of stories- The quiet, ugly-ducklings GET A STORY YES FINALLY - I just really loved the moral of the story- Bc we’re always getting these fantastical YA books about flawles...
    WOW! Like seriously, I'm in awe of this!! I love ittt! These short stories were incredible and fascinating and enthralled me from beginning to end. Leigh Bardugo should truly think about writing books full of these short folklore and fairytale stories. I could read them all day especially the dark ones♥. I LOVE the more darker and creepy ones the most. I also find I love all the names Bardugo chooses to name her characters. They are always uniq...
  • Kai
    “This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart.”4,5 out of 5 stars. This book wasn't high on my tbr pile, to be honest, most of all because I didn't want to spend the money on it and because I didn't expect my local libraries to hold a copy of it. So you can imagine the delight and the surprise when I discovered it just there, in the library.Normally, I'm not a huge fan of short story (or es...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    $2.99 Kindle sale, Feb. 2, 2019.4.5 stars! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: The Language of Thorns is a collection of six stories and novelettes by Leigh Bardugo, dark and lyrical folk tales set in her GRISHA universe, in the Russian-inspired country of Ravka and other nearby countries. These are stand-alone stories, unrelated to the specific characters and events in the GRISHA novels. This tales might be told on a dark night by a villa...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Although I think some of the stories could have ended stronger, this is my favorite collection of novellas for any series ever. I read the original 3 stories when they were published online and LOVED them at that time and asked Leigh once if she'd ever published a collection of Grisha tales. I'm so happy this happened! They were even better the second time around, and the new stories were magical as well. You can see which classic fairy tales ins...
  • Samantha
    3.5 stars
  • Cesar
    10 trillion stars/5“This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart.”Words cannot even begin to describe how much I loved The Language of Thorns. I am trying to find the right words but I can't. The best way to express my love is through this gif.In all seriousness though, I really loved this book. Everything about this book, from the words to the drawings to the stories is just stunning and b...
  • Shruti
    “You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled – not with all the good food or sunshine in the world. That emptiness cannot be banished, and so some days we wake with the feeling of the wind blowing through, and we must simply endure it as the boy did.” Beautiful. Haunting. Intriguing. Bardugo can create such magic with her beautiful writing! This was exactly what I needed to restore ...
  • Natalie Monroe
    4.5 stars "In the year that summer stayed too long, the heat lay upon the prairie with the weight of a corpse." Can we please talk about what a goddamn gift of a writer Leigh is? Beautiful writing, to me, isn't how many constellations you can find in a love interest's freckles, or stringing together a tinsel chain of adjectives, but the ability to reinvent words. Look at that sentence. It captures the fly-buzzing, desolate atmosphere perfectly wh...
  • Deborah Obida
    " Sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do.” Though I've read the witch of duva before and the too clever fox, the rest are new to me.Ayama and the thorn wood 5 stars The too clever fox 3 stars The witch of Duva 4 stars The soldier Prince 5 stars Little knife 4 stars When water sang fire 3.5 stars I've never been a fan of folklores but Leigh changed that plus I'll read anythin...
  • ;3
    this is IT chief