The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

Grade: A+

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Illustrated By: Sara Kipin

I was originally torn on whether to even pick this book up or not. It’s a book of six fairy tales set in the Grishaverse, three of which have been published previously. But in the end I’m thrilled that I did and it’s so beautifully illustrated if you’re at all interested in it I’d definitely suggest picking up the hardback version.

beautifully illustrated

As it goes I enjoyed all of the tales though I think The Witch of Duva was my favorite and definitely the most intriguing. There are a couple of stories I recognized right off the bat and a couple I couldn’t quiet place but there was a great atmosphere spanning through them all. These are also very dark tales and not everything is going to wrap up in a happily ever after if at all. I definitely wouldn’t peg this as a kids fairy tale book.

Truth Requires Thorns

I’ve only read Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology (so far) but I could totally see the characters in that book growing up in a world with these stories.

What really sold the book was the illustrations though. They were beautiful but I also liked how they were simply done. A little bit at a time. Never filling up the page until the very end and then crashing at the end with one big beautiful drawing inspired by the story.

The Too-Clever Fox

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So despite half the stories being previously published I’m glad I picked this book up. Definitely great for Leigh Bardugo fans of course but I also think just regular lovers of fairy tales and beautiful books would enjoy this one as well. I’m glad I decided to pick this one up.

Recommend: Yes.


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