Language of Thorns Review

About the Book:

Title: Language of Thorns

Author: Leigh Bardugo 

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Pages: 281

Genre: YA Fantasy


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.51Jy6-ypOrL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_

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.




A beautiful collection of six dark and twisty fairytales that are loosely based on classics, from Leigh Bardugo! I was very pleased with this collection and with the stunning illustrations found inside. Fans of the Grishaverse books and Six of Crows duology will want to pick this one up, as there are mentions of this amazing world throughout these tales. 

I think the Witch of Duva and When Water Sang Fire were probably my favorites. The Witch of Duva was a twist on Hansel and Gretel and When Water Sang Fire was a twist on the Little Mermaid.

If you like hauntingly beautiful stories and are a Leigh Bardugo fan, I definitely recommend you add this to your TBR. 


About the Author:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

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4 thoughts on “Language of Thorns Review

  1. Hundreds&Thousands says:

    Great review! I recently finished the language of thorns AND LOVED IT SO MUCH!! I like what you said about how it’s for old and new readers. I have to say the Kerch tale kind of terrifying me – dolls are freaking terrifying. I can’t even watch coralline lol (but the button eyes?!). Here was my review of it 🙂

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