The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

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 Enter the Grishaverse Love speaks in flowers Truth requires thorns Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry wInspired 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.Enter the GrishaverseLove 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.Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns 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, each of them lavishly illustrated and culminating in stunning full spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves An Imprint BookThis title has Common Core connections.
The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Inspired by myth fairy tale and folklore New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals revenge sacrific

  • Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo Sara Kipin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. 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 it is worth buying a hardcover copy of The Language [...]

    2. 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 and something was added every time you flipped the [...]

    3. "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

    4. 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 sentence “I hope you stir the pot.”These stor [...]

    5. My 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 have after the story has been told. And let me tell you, all of these pictures on the po [...]

    6. 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 the Nutcracker and Hansel and Gretel. But they're [...]

    7. 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

    8. [loses my shit and calls a sex hotline] kaz brekker and the darkling could be in this book. kaz brekker better be in this book. excuse you? no i do not want to talk dirty. listen to me. I NEED TO KNOW WHETHER KAZ BREKKER AND THE DARKLING WOULD BE IN THIS BOOk. hello?? anyway, can't wait to finish this book and spend 12 continuous hours screaming into my pillow!!!!!!

    9. Ok so first of all - I adore fairy tales, folk tales, mythology, retellings if there's any way to condense those under some umbrella or label, then that is my FAVORITE thing. I absolutely love when stories have traces of a familiar story, theme, or pattern, but then do a totally different twist. So obviously I would normally be excited about this book no matter what but then on top of that it involves the GRISHAVERSE?!Aaaahhh this was good. I mean, I expected to like it (because it's Leigh Bardu [...]

    10. oooh, 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 have your critical analysis beast fed, or if you just want the [...]

    11. 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 only to tear it from your chest, between thorns drawi [...]

    12. 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 gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can [...]

    13. 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 flawlessly chiseled heroines and perfectly crafted love int [...]

    14. 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 and dangerous characters and a chilling aesthetic. [...]

    15. These are so, so utterly beautiful.I have not actually read the Grisha Trilogy, 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 cannibal witch that bothered me. It wasn't even the selfish stepmother. For m [...]

    16. 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 enjoy some of the stories, The Witch of Duva in part [...]

    17. “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 essay) collections. I know that my favourite author' [...]

    18. 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 inspired some of these stories, but they all have the [...]

    19. 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 beautiful and breathtaking and every other synonym [...]

    20. buddy read with lil miss missy may may! first of all, this book made me feel hungry whilst i was reading it. leigh's food descriptions feel so realistic that i just wanted to lick the book tbh. secondly, i can't wait to read this to my children and scare the fuck out of them!!! damn im gonna be such a good parent :) and finally, the 3 new stories i read were nothing like the ravkan stories i read all the way back in 2015. hence that's why i have given this 3 meh stars. full review to come tho!!! [...]

    21. “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 my love for Bardugo's writing after I was disappoin [...]

    22. 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 while lending a new dimension to the word corpse.These [...]

    23. 4.5 starsThere are books with beautiful covers but horrible insides, books with ugly covers but amazing insides, and the rare books with both gorgeous insides and outsides. The Language of Thorns is one of those rare books.Ayama and The Thorn Wood // ★★★★★- I just?? loved this one??- it was so beautifully written and had such a great message.- it was also like this one fairytale mashup of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella and a;lsjfalsjfdasdf I loved it.The Too-Clever Fox // ★★ [...]

    24. I loved this story so much that it made me cry REAL tears at the end.Merged review:Really enjoyed this! Loved most, was not sure about one of them. But really loved it. Any insight into the Grisha Universe I am happy for. This has me pumped for more Grisha books!

    25. " 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 anything she writes and this was incredible. The world bui [...]

    26. 4.5LOVED this book! I enjoyed all of the short stories, some more than others! The illustrations were STUNNING!! So insanely beautiful!Only reason why it's not a 5/5 is because there were a couple of stories I enjoyed but didn't love!My individual rating for each story:Amaya & The Thorn Wood: 5/5The T00- Clever Fox: 4/5Little Knife: 4/5The Witch of Duva: 5/5The Solider Prince: 4.5/5When Water Sang Fire: 5/5Would you guys want a video review solely on this book? Let me know!

    27. Now in the valley, the people care less for pretty faces. They pray for rain in the long summer. They pray that their children will be brave and clever and strong, that they will tell the true stories instead of the easy ones. They pray for sons with red eyes and daughters with horns.This collection of fairy tales and short stories set in the Grishaverse with surprisingly engaging characters and beautiful illustrations? It's everything The Tales of Beedle the Bard wasn't; and it's everything I d [...]

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