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




The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Grishaverse
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Published September 26th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Short Stories
Pages: 279
Format: Hardback – Fairyloot Exclusive Edition
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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.

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21First of all, this book is completely and utterly beautiful. It’s just SOOO Gorgeous! All the stories are illustrated by Sara Kipin and it’s just WOW. They are amazing and done in a very interesting and unique way. As for the stories, I just ended The Grisha Trilogy, and I’ve previously read The Six of Crows Duology, so I thought it was more than time to get to this. I must say I have high hopes for it, especially after reading the summary of it, I pretty sure I’m gonna love it!

The short stories


Ayama and the Thorn Wood – This was beautiful and So emotional! It’s set in a kingdom, where the king has had two sons. The problem is that one looks quite different from the other and is seen as a mistake. At the same time, in a small village lives a girl treated as a servant by her own family than only worries about her beautiful sister. Their fates will cross and something unique and beautiful from there comes.

This story was both beautiful and unexpected. It seems like a fairy tale but it’s told in such a unique way with so much sadness and wrongness in it. I guess is more of a realistic fairytale and I loved it with all my heart. It teaches how people are much more than their appearances and that beauty at heart is what is needed.

Overall: 5 stars


The Too-Clever Fox – This was such an interesting story! It’s about a fox, who despite his looks not being like all others – aka pretty -, compensates by being clever. He is good at saving is fur, but even the cleverest fox needs friends at their side. I really liked how… Well… Clever this tale was. It’s a really fast, dark and surprising tale that shows that not everything is as it seems, told in a beautiful and feeling way.

Overall: 5 stars

The Witch of Duva – This was one of the BEST short stories I’ve ever read. I love Hansel and Gretel and this version is just the most touching, beautiful, dark retelling I’ve read. It’s sad and hard but it really touched my heart. I loved this so much I can’t even explain it. It’s one that really stays on your mind and it’s full of magic, and witchcraft, which I’m all for! This tiny creepy tale is most definitely a must read!!! It’s passed on a tiny village, where girls are going missing and it’s haunting and wintery, perfect for this time of the year! Also, my mouth is totally watering!

Overall:  5 stars

Little Knife – This was beautiful. It’s a style of tale I’ve seen before, but Bardugo always manages to make it better and more unexpected somehow… This was a beautiful love story about freedom, beauty and the greed of man. I really enjoyed the unexpected turn at the end. It’s slightly dark and yet lovely and hopeful.

Overall: 4 stars


The Soldier Prince – This was a kind of retelling of the Nutcracker, except that it was so different it blew my mind! This was a magical tale that touches themes like desire and finding your own destiny. I loved how twisted this tale ended up being and how dark and unexpected it was. The Nutcracker felt like a breeze of fresh air… There’s just so much into this tiny tale! Also, Ketterdam!!

Overall: 4 stars


When Water Sang Fire – Wow. Holly… This was fantastic! It’s slightly based on the Little Mermaid, except way darker, more magical and definitely not cutsie? This story is about Ulla, an outcast siren. Sirens here use music as a form of magic, but Ulla’s voice is more powerful than many of the others, especially when she meets Signey and they bond. They create amazing magic that will change their lives forever, especially above the sea! But if you think that’s a good thing, you are about to get proven wrong! This fantastic story is the darkest in here and the most complete of them too. It’s impossible not to love Ulla and I need a book based on this story!

Overall: 5 stars

Mainly the stories told here are based on fairytales we know, but they are completely different from anything you might expect. They are beautiful, daring and often with a hint of darkness. I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. Actually, some of the best short stories I’ve read are here and I would HIGHLY recommend reading this!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

  1. Yay! I’m so happy to see that you loved this collection of tales. I find myself rereading them once in a while. And it makes me so happy to see that you loved The Witch of Duva, because that one was most certainly my favorite. Though Ayama and the Beast & The Too-Clever Fox were also amazing. My favorite illustration is the last one. And the last tale is also just so gorgeous too. This entire book is just beautiful, right? Lovely review! 😀 ❤


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