I love how the world and the stories feel only faintly familiar being set in the grisha verse with classic fairy tale retellings. Well they're not technically retellings so the stories are so vastly different from original stories on inspiration. I love how you don't even recognise a familiar fairy tale character until the last page of the story because it's so changed. I also enjoyed the narrative style of the individual stories.
Oh my - this is climbing high onto my Best Books of the Year list. Bardugo's writing is as rich and sensuous and scary as ever, and my writer brain is riddled with envy! What a way to create both a stunning collection while also expanding her universe's mythology into a truly epic fantasy. Do yourself a favour, and read these aloud.
You'll recognise some stories, and if you know where to look you'll spot some characters from her Grisha novels, but this dark jewel of a collection can be read without reading those first.
I'd be lying, however, if I didn't say that Language of Thorns complements the Grisha series brilliantly, and that one tale in particular leaves the author with some very interesting avenues she could explore in the forthcoming King of Scars...
This book was such a delight to read, Leigh Bardugo is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.All of the tales in this collection are amazing, my favourites are Ayama and the Thorn Wood and The Witch of Duva.This book is wonderfully illustrated and made it a very enjoyable read. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves the grishaverse.