The tale of a monstrous man and the ordinary girl who finds him. A clever fox who uses his wits to save the forest and his friends. A witch who lives deep in the darkest part of the wood, her house smelling of gingerbread, and the girl who finds her there after being cast out by her father and stepmother. A beautiful duke’s daughter whose hand is promised to the man who can complete impossible tasks. A girl who travels to faraway lands with her nutcracker prince. And a lonely mermaid with a beautiful voice who longs for something more.
Do these tales sound familiar? They aren’t.
In Leigh Bardugo’s fairy stories, all the roses have thorns, magic has a price, witches aren’t who you think they are, enchantments are deeper than kisses, monsters don’t keep to the woods, and princesses and peasants alike can rescue themselves. Love, revenge, sacrifice, magic, enchantment, beasts, gingerbread, marzipan, jewels, lost children, witches, sirens, wizards, transformations… all are here, and all will make you reach for the salt.
Deliciously dark, these fairy tales from the Grishaverse will make you shiver, gasp, and read deep into the night. Lush, haunting, and glittering, the magic between the pages of The Language of Thorns will ensnare any reader who turns its gorgeously illustrated pages. For anyone who pored over the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, likes their magic with sharp edges, or read the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows duology and knows how spectacular the world-building is in Leigh Bardugo’s stories, don’t miss this beautiful book of stories. And, if you are a Bardugo fan, you just may find a young Darkling within these pages… perhaps.