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The Language of Thorns
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic | Leigh Bardugo
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 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 strangeto 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 and six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. An Imprint Book
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dustys_bookshelf
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Gissy
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Mehso-so

These are some tales set in the Grisha world. They are inspired by myths, folklore and fairytales. I can say that I liked some of them. I liked the author‘s writing style, it kept me motivated to read in a faster pace. But I found some stories where the end was like forced without a meaningful end. This is an unpopular opinion. 3⭐️

Dec 2021 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oooo what a fabulous cover!!!! 5mo
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Nalbuque
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Ok, this is the last one tonight! Sorry for flooding your feed!
If Ninth House was not my book- this was such a refreshing collection from the same author. I‘m obsessed with the Grishaverse, and while these tales weren‘t necessarily related to her other books, there are resemblances and cross overs. I‘m usually not into short stories, but these read more like myths, so they were cool

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GatheringBooks
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#MayCharacters Day 6: This collection def has a character who is #mythical. I am addicted to Grishaverse! Just bought this one along with Lives of Saints. Paired with my homemade chocolate chip cookies with macadamia and walnut. Because melovebaking!

Eggs Great looking cookies 🍪 12mo
mavey Great book and cookies!🤩😋 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover!! 12mo
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Schnoebs
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Mehso-so

3.5⭐️

The children across the regions of Kerch, Ravka, and many more countries grew up collections of fairy tales just like you and me. The only difference is that there isn‘t also a happy end. Set in the world of the Grishaverse, the Language of Thorns takes the readers through a series of tales that make you think back on what you believe a fairy tale should be and see what lessons can be learned from a world of magic.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover ❤️ 1y
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zezeki
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I enjoyed reading these dark tales that often had unexpected ending. But I absolutely loved the illustrations that followed each story and slowly progressed alongside! This is so beautifully illustrated and I'm in love with every single page. It's a beauty, this one. 😍😍

📚 #FantasticalDecember 📚

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zezeki
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You know how they say: 'Don't judge book by its covers, but by its illustrations'. 😅😅
But seriously though, this book is too pretty I just can't. 🙈🙈
#FantasticalDecember 🔮

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IhoardBOOKS
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Got in a lot of audiobooks this month as I clean, sort, and prepare for our next big move in 2021. My favorite read, by far, was Meddling Kids. Language of Thorns was also a fantastic read, loved how Bardugo put her own spin on those stories and fashioned them for the Grisha-verse.

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Ash.on.the.line
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Finally finished this one. Wasn‘t long but it does take a little processing. Also like before I just kept staring at the art. Not necessarily a must read but if you like the GrishaVerse and some very dark fairytale like stories then this is a great option.
Really pushing for that blackout! 🤞🏼
#bookspinbingo

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Ash.on.the.line
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The artwork in this book is stunning! 🤯 I would be farther along if I stopped flipping back to them just to stare! 😂 I‘m getting in some solid reading before I reply to some #litsylove

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HoneyBeeLee
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A collection of short stories. Defiantly a good book. I would high recommend this one.

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HoneyBeeLee
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Can I just say this book is gorgeous. The dust jacket is just as beautiful too lol. My current read this morning before work. Can we bring back the #7days7covers because I miss seeing beautiful covers like this on my feed lol.

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wideeyedreader
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With illustrations like these, how could I not love this book? The six stories are all beautiful, though I think Little Knife and When the Water Sang Fire are my favorites!

Linsy Beautiful! 2y
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Plaidsticks
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An interesting, easy retelling of fairytales—the Little Mermaid one stuck with me the most. I really enjoyed the illustrations in the margins that gradually developed as the story progressed. #morebookslessbullshit2019

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Complete another #TBRRead
These dark and twisted tales is exactly why Leigh Bardugo is taking a seat with my top authors.
She is a brilliant writer and an enchantress of the heart.

This one brings me to 32h51min for the #24B42020 #Readathon

#TBRRead #WinterGames #Elfies
@Bookwormjillk @StayCurious @Clwojick

Bookwormjillk Wow! You‘re on fire this week! 2y
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LeticiaToraci
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This was a beautifully illustrated book, and the stories were awesome. My favorites were the last two, but the whole book was 5 🌟!

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Day1 of #24B42020 #Readathon done.
I was aiming for 4hours, but today was a bit busy.
Will get a good night's sleep and catch up tomorrow.

#WinterGames #Elfies
@Bookwormjillk @StayCurious @Clwojick
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 That‘s a good time, especially on a busy day. 👏👏👏 2y
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e.c.vitoria
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cleoh
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This picture doesn‘t do this art justice by a long shot, but this is my favourite illustration in this book 😍 🧜🏻‍♀️

Bookzombie 😍 2y
DrexEdit Ditto 😍 2y
Sweetkokoro I absolutely love the art in this book!! This was my second favorite piece in it, my favorite is the one for The Soldier Prince. 2y
cleoh @Sweetkokoro ooh yes that one is also incredible! 2y
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inthegreensandblues
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AutumnRLS
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#7days7covers #covercrush This one you really need to see in person to truly appreciate. Gold and metallic blue embossing. One of my favorites.

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ravenlee
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#7days7covers day 5

Can‘t think of anyone to tag, so if there are any Littens out there not participating yet, jump in!

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Sweetkokoro
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Leigh Bardugo is my favorite YA author. This a collection of short fairy tale inspired stories that she wrote as a Prequel to her Shadow and Bone trilogy. I like the way she went about this prequel, these are old stories told through the lands to the children she created in her world. The Solider Prince was my favorite, she said its inspired by the Velveteen Rabbit but you can also tell the Nutcracker helped inspire it too

NicoleCeBallos I loved that book! She's one of my must buy authors. 3y
Sweetkokoro @NicoleCeBallos She is now on my must buy list as well. I actually lucked out and came across this book by chance at the library and fell in love with the art, but each story was amazing in its own way. 3y
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GinEyre22
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July's TBR and Read Planner bookshelves

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KirstieE
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This book was so beautiful omg
My favourite stories were the first and last one , I could read them over and over again.

If you‘re a #Grisha fan I HIGHLY recommend reading this !!

5 🌟 #grishaverse

Texreader That artwork! ❤️ 3y
BooknerdsLife I love this one 😍 This one and her Six of Crows duology are my favourite 💖 3y
zezeki I have this book, but I haven't read anything from Grishaverse. Do I first need to read other books in order to understand this one, or I can just start with it? 3y
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Shley9225 The Witch of Duva, in addition to the two you mentioned, were my favourites in the collection :D 3y
Shley9225 @zezeki I would say that you could read this before reading anything else in the Grishaverse. I found them to stand on their own very well. However, at the same time, the Grishaverse is the best series ever, so really, you should just read the rest of them anyways 3y
zezeki @Shley9225 It's on my TBR, I plan to get to it, eventyually.😅 Thanks for the info 😀 3y
KirstieE @BooknerdsLife same !!! @zezeki @Shley9225 I agree, you can read this at anytime. Although some terms and places may make more sense if you read shadow series first ☺️ 3y
Shley9225 @KirstieE or Six of Crows. I‘ve heard the heist is another very accessible entry point if it‘s more to your tastes 3y
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NotCool
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I liked this reimagining of old fairytales so much. The sea witch, the Minotaur, and the stepmother aren‘t the monsters you expect. The heroes aren‘t what you expect. And it‘s all set in the same universe as Bardugo‘s Grisha and Dregs books, which is some Marvel Movie-verse level world building. Also, it has beautiful illustrations.

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“I have been sent to bargain with you.”
“The king has nothing I want.”
“Then perhaps you might show mercy freely.”
“My father [the king] never taught me mercy.”
“And can you not learn?”

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KirstieE
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Onto the next book in my #Grishaverse little readathon and I‘m so excited to dive into this book 🤩😱

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Erofan
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I got this book last week! Incredible design! 😍 A beautiful hardcover book with dense pages, each of which is decorated with illustrations that develop with the plot, grow, spread across the page and add up to the big picture!
#Grisha #BardugoWorlds

BooknerdsLife It‘s very gorgeous indeed and I loved most of the stories too 🙌🏼💖 Happy reading📚 3y
Erofan @BooknerdsLife Thanks 😘 3y
AvidReader25 I have a Kindle version of this, now I wish I had a hardcopy! 3y
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Jess_Franzino
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As beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside ♥️ While I wasn‘t a fan of ALL the stories, (as is to be expected with anthologies), the writing is gorgeous and the stories unexpected. I definitely want to check out the other Grisha books after reading this.

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Jess_Franzino
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One of the stories is a dark reimagining of “The Nutcracker”. So very lovely!

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smolgaysnowbazshipper

I really love the stories and the perspectives, the writing, but it does start to drag near the end.

QueenLittleLizard Drag? Drag?! Little under exaggerated, maybe? 3y
QueenLittleLizard That was sarcasm 3y
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smolgaysnowbazshipper Hard to tell from comments. 3y
Shley9225 But When Water Sang Fire was so good!!? 3y
smolgaysnowbazshipper Yes, it was. 3y
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Jess_Franzino
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There are just some books you NEED to get in print and hardcover. Isn‘t this just utterly gorgeous?

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rachelsbrittain
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This is a 5 star read! The Language of Thorns collects fairy tales from the Grishaverse, subverting expectations of traditional fairy tales, including tales loosely inspired by the Nutcracker & The Little Mermaid. And the illustrations gracing almost every page are worth paying equal attention to-- they grow & morph slowly into a full spread at the end of the stories & are full of gorgeous little surprises. Can't recommend enough for Grisha fans!

litenthusiast This sounds fascinating! 3y
rachelsbrittain @litenthusiast it's really excellent! 3y
Jinster Thanks for sharing - really intrigued 📖 3y
CSeydel I found Hansel & Gretel one the most disturbing 3y
rachelsbrittain @CSeydel definitely disturbing but I loved how it subverted traditional fairy tale tropes 3y
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rachelsbrittain
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Reading a little more of this gorgeous book with my breakfast

CollapsingLibrary I was going to just get the ebook from my library but now that I‘ve seen how pretty the book actually is I think I need to get a hard copy 😍 3y
rachelsbrittain @hjreviews this copy is from the library and I'm a bit sad to have to return it 3y
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rachelsbrittain
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My mom got me these adorable chocolate covered oreos for Easter

Crazeedi My belly is growling!! 3y
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ReadingRobyn
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This book is beautiful

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booksandsympathy
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book of fairytales set in the Grisha world. Beautiful stories and beautiful illustrations.

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KirstieE
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Finally picked up my late bday present from the book store! I can't wait to binge all her books 🤗

Shley9225 I LOVED this collection of stories. My favorites were the 1st (Ayama and the Thorn Wood), the 3rd (The Witch of Duva), and the last (When Water Sang Fire). I can‘t wait to see which ones you enjoy the most!!! 3y
BooknerdsLife Loved this one! Hope you enjoy it too 💜 3y
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ulrichyumiodd
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What a beautiful book!

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booksandsympathy
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A good book, a soft blanket, and a cuddly kitty on my lap. Perfect evening. 💕

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book_princessBritt
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Silent book club reads!

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book_princessBritt
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Reading this literal beauty while I wait for a friend to loan me King of Scars

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