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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 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 and six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. An Imprint Book
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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! ❤️ 2w
BooknerdsLife I love this one 😍 This one and her Six of Crows duology are my favourite 💖 2w
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? 2w
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Shley9225 The Witch of Duva, in addition to the two you mentioned, were my favourites in the collection :D 2w
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 2w
zezeki @Shley9225 It's on my TBR, I plan to get to it, eventyually.😅 Thanks for the info 😀 2w
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 ☺️ 2w
Shley9225 @KirstieE or Six of Crows. I‘ve heard the heist is another very accessible entry point if it‘s more to your tastes 2w
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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📚 4w
Erofan @BooknerdsLife Thanks 😘 4w
Avidreader25 I have a Kindle version of this, now I wish I had a hardcopy! 2w
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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? 1mo
QueenLittleLizard That was sarcasm 1mo
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smolgaysnowbazshipper Hard to tell from comments. 1mo
Shley9225 But When Water Sang Fire was so good!!? 1w
smolgaysnowbazshipper Yes, it was. 1w
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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! 2mo
rachelsbrittain @litenthusiast it's really excellent! 2mo
Jinster Thanks for sharing - really intrigued 📖 2mo
CSeydel I found Hansel & Gretel one the most disturbing 1mo
rachelsbrittain @CSeydel definitely disturbing but I loved how it subverted traditional fairy tale tropes 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Reading a little more of this gorgeous book with my breakfast

hjreviews 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 😍 2mo
rachelsbrittain @hjreviews this copy is from the library and I'm a bit sad to have to return it 2mo
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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!! 2mo
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TheEmpress
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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!!! 3mo
BooknerdsLife Loved this one! Hope you enjoy it too 💜 3mo
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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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TheEmpress
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Up next!

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CyaneFillion
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Such a lovely and intriguing book of fairy tales! I had a lot of fun with the pictures and the characters. I'd definitely recommend this as a little bit of insight into the Grishaverse.

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5 stars

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LauraWeasley
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1. I loved this collection of dark fairytales from the Grishaverse and the illustrations are even more stunning than the cover.
2. I have dentist's appointment. Romantic, right? 🙄
3. Pink.
4. They actually thought I'd be a boy for quite a while. My mom wanted to name me Tom but my sister (who was 3 at the time) wanted Robert and they say they would have listened to her. 😁
5. On it! ❤️

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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1) Also the illustrations are gorgeous too.
2) Not yet, my plan is too work and maybe get something chocolatey. I might may macarons.
3) sickly yellowish green...I appreciate most colors though.
4) Shawn, they were actually expecting a boy.
5) ❤❤❤
#Friyayintro @howjessreads

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cobwebmoth
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1. I haven't read it, but I like the cover.
2. Nope
3. Khaki. Blech.
4. Jesse Austin. Apparently they wanted me to become a cowboy.
5. 💞
#friyayintro @howjessreads

AlaMich #4 🤣🤣🤣 Or the hero of a romance novel. Or both! 5mo
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butterbeerheist
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Went to the bookstore today...
The rest is obvious.

nicia Those editions are gorgeous! 5mo
Readingismyescape Great choices!! 5mo
BiblioLitten I feel like reading that right now! Something to do with the weather or the cover. 😄 5mo
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butterbeerheist @nicia so gorgeous! I got them without second thought 😅. 5mo
butterbeerheist @BiblioLitten if you haven‘t read them yet you should consider it! 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Beautiful books!! 5mo
Dearlynoted I really want to read the six of crows 👍🏾 5mo
SquiBella Holy moly, these covers are gorgeous! 🥰 5mo
butterbeerheist @Dearlynoted they‘re really good! 5mo
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LauraWeasley
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The Grishaverse binge continues with this beauty as I wait (not so) patiently for my copy of King of Scars. I ordered the Illumicrate 'Saints & Scars' box and I can't wait to see what's inside. And read the book of course! 😍

This lovely candle was made by Book & Glow and was inside Illumicrate's first Grishaverse box, along with The Language of Thorns.

#LeighBardugo #TheLanguageOfThorns #Grishaverse #coverlove #bookishcandles #midnighttales

Shley9225 😱 I so badly wish I had ordered that box 5mo
LauraWeasley @Shley9225 Oh no, I'm sorry! 😟 5mo
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BookishRedhead
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This book is beautiful. The stories in it are magical and the illustrations are just as beautiful as the stories inside.

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Indiefishsteak
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I am in love with this book. Borrowed from library and definitely went out and found a hard copy. The art is gorgeous and the writing is lush and poignant. I found the characters and stories not only exciting and engaging but I identified heavily with so many aspects of what was happening. Magic and mayhem and adventure await. Can‘t recommend enough ✨

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Jen_Reads
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I forgot my book I‘m reading downstairs and this happened to be on the shelf of my nightstand. So far I‘m liking it.

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LeticiaToraci
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My TBR for 2019 - Part 2

Literary_Siren Karen Chance! 😍😍 6mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2019Book1
Leigh Bardugo is a master world builder and these short stories prove that just as well as her longer novels do. Her takes on several classic fairy tales are twisted and perfect and Sara Kipin's illustrations on every page are absolutely stunning.

LittleBug That‘s one gorgeous cover!!🤩 6mo
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PaulaNovotna
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Impossible to express how much I loved this book. I loved the way the fairytales felt like reading Snowwhite or Cindarella with a dark twist true to the Grisha world. You can read the book even if you've never read any of the other pieces from this writer and still you will enjoy it and fall in love with the way the tales flow and reveberate your heart. A stunning book that has become one of my favourites I read this year.

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PaulaNovotna
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This is the problem with making a thing forbidden. It does nothing but build an ache in the heart.
- from When Water Sang Fire

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If you have been foolish enough to wander from the path, it is up to you to make your way back to the road.

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Love speaks in flowers.
Truth requires thorns.

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Shley9225
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Stunning cover. Beautifully illustrated. Magical stories. Leigh Bardugo‘s Grishaverse. What more could you ask for from a short story collection? Absolutely nothing, that‘s what. My favourites were The Witch of Duva and When Water Sang Fire, with Ayama and the Thorn Wood close behind. Any and every Grishaverse fan must read this 🖤💙🖤

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MeesesPieces
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I opened my package from the #thankfulforbooks swap and I was so surprised!! Thank you so much @catiewithac I loved everything! I can‘t wait to color in my new book! The thank you cards were awesome and the book you chose is more beautiful than I imagined! I am very thankful for our Litsy community and all the kind people I‘ve met here. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! #litsyswaps

catiewithac I thought that book was beautiful, too!! 7mo
GA_Bookworm07 Who does all these swaps? I've seen at least 5 different ones that have already passed. I love a chance at getting new books. 6mo
MeesesPieces @GA_Bookworm07 They are so much fun!!! Hashtag book swaps and you should find many. That‘s how I found all these swaps. 6mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Not usually a short story fan but I devoured this book! Loved it!

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cewilf
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A beautiful book - I‘m so glad I got this one from the library instead of digitally. Now I want to go back and read Shadow and Bone again! My list of rereads might be as long as my tbr at this point 😂

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LitLogophile
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I can‘t even explain how beautiful the illustrations are. Every element was designed with care, as I‘ve come to expect from the Grishaverse.

I loved this beautiful book before I even read the stories, then I loved it so much more. The fairy tales are of Zemeni, Ravkan, Kerch, and Fjerdan origin, the very wild Fjerdan one being my favorite.

And now I‘m finished with the published Grishaverse - patiently awaiting King of Scars!

sebrittain I loved this! The Fjerdan one was one of my favorites too! 7mo
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Taesiel
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Finally finding the time to do some more reading ❤😌 Definitely finishing this before I put it back down. #books #reading #artwork #relaxing

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Next up...

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LitLogophile
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Nothing pairs like cats + books 😊

JSW This book is gorgeous. I love how the illustrations are fluid. 8mo
LitLogophile I‘m so pleasantly surprised at how interesting they are! @JSW 8mo
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Ddzmini
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Love ever word 😍📖 a highly recommend read and addition to any library especially loved the last story 😋📖

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Ddzmini
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1) one of the current books I‘m reading 📖
2) 3-4 📚📖😝
3) not really... since it‘s been 80-90 degrees here 😳🔥☀️
4) Yes they are a must
5) Quite about introverts I felt it was more about the author and less about introverts
#HumpDayPost @MinDea

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Did you get your Read the Movies swap package? According to Canada Post it should have arrived. 😊 8mo
Graywacke A pile of books tattoo?! Fantastic 8mo
Ddzmini @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego my husband is getting the mail today we‘ve been out of town but there are packages there for us 🙂 8mo
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Ddzmini @Graywacke yes with a reading turtle on top 😋 8mo
Graywacke @Ddzmini 😮 even better! 8mo
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Ddzmini
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Starting this beautiful book today 😋📖

TheBookAddict Stacking it just in the fact that the cover is so beautiful. Yes, yes I am judging a book by its cover. 😆 8mo
readordierachel So pretty 😍 8mo
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TheBookAddict @Chelleo 🙌🏽😁 8mo
Ddzmini @TheBookAddict it‘s beautiful right 😋 and I love the stories so far 8mo
Ddzmini @Chelleo @readordierachel the book is amazing (edited) 8mo
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starlight97
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Six tales of enchanted forests, dangerous blood magic, smart talking animals and fairy tale creatures. Lovely book.
★★★★☆

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starlight97
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Read two stories and loving it so far. Fairy tale retellings with unexpected endings? Gimme!

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