The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

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    So shut the window tight and make sure the latch is fastened Dark things have a way of slipping in through narrow spaces shiversBardugo 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 uality 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 of Thorns definitely go for it It is STUNNINGI actually wasn’t aware that three of the stories are ones that were available online beforehand and that I had read already The Too Clever Fox The Witch of Duva and Little Knife but I also don’t care that much because they are all fantastic and I read them again just to see them play out alongside the gorgeous illustrations “This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do” All of these stories take inspiration from classic fairy tales but I wouldn’t really call them retellings except maybe the last one When Water Sang Fire Bardugo tells brand new stories with nods to the classics such as The Little Mermaid and Hansel and Gretel often leaving us with a very different ending or message than what we would have expectedAs she notes in the afterword many fairy tales feature characters completing impossible tasks to win love or acceptance but this has always felt wrong somehow Much of Bardugo’s work here is guided by a sense of dissatisfaction with traditional fairy tales; a sense that maybe the villains were not who we first thought and that maybe the love of a handsome prince isn’t everything It is freaking fantastic for twisted unromantic minds like mine It is so satisfying to have my expectations shattered; to read sentences like the following and smile because I know I just know that it’s about to be torn to shreds “Come now Ayama You know how the stories go Interesting things only happen to pretty girls;” I recommend this for anyone who enjoys fairy tale style stories andor retellings regardless of whether you usually enjoy Bardugo’s books or not I get a completely different vibe from her short stories and they are nothing like the Shadow and Bone trilogy or the Six of Crows duology I would be happy if she just kept releasing short story collections and forgot about the novels to be honestBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

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    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 page until the story was complete It made for such an enhanced reading experience All of these tales are 55 stars honestly but here they are in order of favourite to least favourite 1 The Too Clever Fox2 The Soldier Prince3 The Witch of Duva4 Ayama and the Thorn Wood5 When Water Sang Fire6 Little Knife this one actually might be closer to 45 stars it was kind of boringFor any fan of the grishaverse this is a MUST read IMO Whenever you read it doesn't matter just do it personally I would read it after having read at least one of the books set in this universe so then you're already familiar with the world and this just enhances your understanding

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    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 GOODYOU GUYS I can't even function to write a full review so I'm going to waitButThe last storyWHAT DOES THIS MEAN??? IS SHE STILL ALIVE?? SEND HELPMy Blog Instagram Twitter Etsy

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    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 stories are also illustrated and Sara Kipin's art took my breath away This whole book is a gorgeous masterpiece from the dust jacket to the cover to the spine to the art that progresses throughout the story that eventually leads to full page beautiful artwork to Leigh’s perfect writing that will make you evoke every emotion ever felt This is easily one of the top books published in 2017 And my personal favorite in the whole collection which moved me to a whole hot mess of tears was When Water Sand Fire If you can only read one of these amazing stories please pick that one It’s the longest but the most fulfilling and hopefully is the start of something beautiful I'm going to break down each short story with my thoughts opinions and individual star rating➽ Ayama and the Thorn Wood ★★★★★ “This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do” This story was actually heartbreakingly perfect It surrounds a small kingdom where the king and his wife have given birth to two sons one that is loved and one that is not because of the way he looks Meanwhile a young girl in the village is treated like a servant to her family that only sees her beautiful sister Their paths cross and continue to cross because everyone in the village believe both of them to be expendable just based on their appearance but together they forge something beautiful than eyes can see and together they can change the kingdom And they teach that kingdom that the world can be so much beautiful when you stop only looking physically ➽ The Too Clever Fox ★★★★ “I can bear ugliness” he said “I find the one thing I cannot live with is death” This is such a beautiful story about perspective and how we are never as smart as we feel we are Also sometimes being smart has nothing to do with knowledge but completely with the actions you take This story centers around the cleverest fox in all of Ravka From birth he has been at a disadvantage because of his looks but he compensates by being a witty and clever trickster Also this story reads so much like an actual fairy tale story that we would read in our world even ➽ The Witch of Duva ★★★★★ “There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls” You can actually read this short story for free HERE thanks to Tor And I can’t recommend you read it enough because this short story actually shook my entire world This is such a perfectly woven and absolutely haunting tale about a village who is mourning their lost girls while also trying to endure very hard winters And the ending of this story is beyond words and turned me into a crying melted weeping puddle on the floor Also this one should probably have a few trigger warnings for abuse physicalsexual and just violence in general even though these things are very vague in the story they are still there just woven in uietly ➽ Little Knife ★★★★ “It is dangerous to travel the northern road with a troubled heart” This is a lovely tale about beauty and owing it to no one but yourself This is also a tale about never underestimating what greedy men will do for things they feel they are entitled to This story actually reminded me very much of my favorite saint Rose of Lima and her life and the conseuences of being so beautiful And an unexpected love story will always be the best love story ➽ The Soldier Prince ★★★★ “This is the problem with even lesser demons They come to your doorstep in velvet coats and polished shoes They tip their hats and smile and demonstrate good table manners They never show you their tails” Give me all of the Ketterdam tales please And this was a super twisted yet amazing retelling of The Nutcracker And Leigh perfectly mixes what you would expect from a mash up of The Nutcracker and the streets of Ketterdam And Droessen might be the best character debut in this entire short story collection Like I’d love a full length novel just about him and his entire backstory But yeah this is such a creepy little tale that I really enjoyed ➽ When Water Sand Fire ★★★★★ “This is the problem with making a thing forbidden It does nothing but build an ache in the heart” Be still my everything This story Lord this story This story gave me life This short story was so perfectly crafted and the tale was so perfectly woven into a simple masterpiece This was easily my favorite story in the entire collection Also this is the story that features one of the best characters ever written in modern day literature the Darkling This story surrounds two girls who live under the sea One is ostracized for being different and the other is forced to sing alongside her but when they sing they’re magical than any other singing group After a turn of events they are taken above the sea where magic grants them legs to walk among humans But soon our main character Ulla realizes the heart of sea folk isn’t much different than the heart of men And that pain and hatred can find a way inside of all of our hearts if we let it And I just am praying with all of my soul and with the entirety of who I am that we will cross paths with Ulla again in King of Scars “I was not made to please princes” I gave The Language of Thorns five stars overall because out of a possible 30 stars 5 stars possible for each of the 6 stories this collection accumulated 27 stars 90% But like throw away all of those stars because this book is one of the best things that 2017 has produced It’s beautiful detailed thoughtful whimsical and every single thing I look for in good fairy tales I can’t recommend this masterpiece enoughBlog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch

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    UPDATE 299 on Kindle US today 2219My 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 postcards and through out the book are amaze balls AYAMA AND THE THORN WOODThis one is my favorite It's a telling of the not beauty and the beast It's wicked and cool THE TOO CLEVER FOXThis is the one with too much animal killing I gave it three stars in my original review because it had some tales within tales THE WITCH OF DUVAThis one is really dark and cool The woodsman who has a secret His daughter who befriends a witch and some ewww involved LITTLE KNIFEThis one is about a girl too beautiful to even behold A bunch of idiots And a river THE SOLDIER PRINCEThis one is another take on the Nutcracker Like I have said before I have not read the original Nutcracker but this one is really good as well WHEN WATER SANG FIREThis one is about some mermaids THE END Don't y'all love my short little explanations? D I loved the book it's absolutely beautiful inside and out The pages are stunning and each page is colored as well I would recommend to anyone that love the author and fairy tales myths and folklore Happy Reading Mel ♥

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    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 storyWhy must the Grishaverse be so AMAZING I want 9All 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 wayyyyy way different and DARK And super super dark at times And the best part?? They were loaded with plot twists It was like ever dumb fairy tale trope just got kicked in the teeth We don't throw princesses into the arms of the first prince they meet Beauty isn't everything Princes suck The beast is sweet Here is the sea witch's origin story The dark woods are not the only problem here It captivated me on EVERY page with how amazing it was And detailed And clever This book is literally the most clever thingAnd there's SO much food in here I pretty much wanted to eat my copyAnd it's frikkin' gorgeous Petition for all books of ever to be illustrated That would be nice I ADORED the artwork on every page and the double page spreads were justugh my eyeballs just ran off with this book and married it at dawnThese are like fairy tales as they SHOULD be Dark and feminist Yes please And like full cheers for having women be evil AND good AND clever AND complex There's monsters and wooden dolls with identity crises and ueer girls and endless endless magic that just inspires me I seriously feel so FULL of magic right now I could got eat a moon or write a book or like eat a pie Options

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    These are so so utterly beautiful I have not actually read the Grisha Trilogy okay now I have 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 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 me the real villain was Hansel and Gretel's father a man so weak willed so cowardly that he let his wicked wife send the children into the woods to die not once but twice Don't go back I would whisper as we approached the inevitable final illustration—happy father reunited with children evil stepmother banished—and I was always left with a feeling of unease as I turned the last page Above all this collection subverts its source material in ways clever and creative and always compelling If you're a fan of trope subversion you'll love thisAlso please just look at the art THE STORY REVIEWS # Ayama and the Thorn Wood ★★★★★This is like a mashup of Cinderella and Beauty the Beast It's a story about the power of being heard in a world that wants to shut your voice off It's brilliant and all the stories within are even so # The Too Clever Fox ★★★★☆I can't believe a story this short managed to make my spine tingle Here Bardugo tells the story of a clever fox and a hunter who is just as clever This novella reads exactly like a word of mouth tale with an archetypal trickster character and several minor plot twists This gets a five because I happened to guess a major plot point # The Witch of Duva ★★★★★This is one of the best short stories I have ever read I ended in near tears It's filled with Leigh Bardugo vibes You can read this here # The Little Knife ★★★★★Oh my god this was just beautiful? It's a story about agency especially of women And the last illustration is genuinely one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen # The Soldier Prince ★★★★☆This story is eerie and heart tingling and utterly fabulous I adore how each fairy tale changes in vibe based on what country it originates from; this is a Kerch myth and you can completely tell # When Water Sang Fire ★★★☆☆This was very good and the artwork especially the mermaids was some of my favorite from the whole book I also love the subversive nature of the retelling But idk I feel somewhat baited? I thought the two girls were a couple for around ten pages when they're in fact just friends VERDICT What a collection Highly recommended for anyone who's a fan of the Grisha worldBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

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    'tis the season for fairy tales and leigh bardugo is a retelling ueen but honestly she could write the same word over and over for 100 pages and i would still love it plus the illustrations in this are nothing short of remarkable this is such a treasure of a bookayama and the thorn wood ive actually never heard this story before but its such an beautiful telling and so uniue455the too clever fox basically this makes me wish i was clever and that the fox was my spirit animal lol 455the witch of duva i really admire the dark spin on this story its so magically twisted perfect for my black heart 355little knife awww so delightful and important such a lovely story 45the soldier prince ive never really been a fan of the nutcracker but this gives me all the those winter feels 45when water sang fire yessss my love in all his cameo glory my favourite story only because of the darkling obvs 55↠ 45 stars overall

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    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 DYINGimplodes y'all don't even know how bad I want my daddy Darkling to be in this

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    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 drawing blood entwined with fragnant roses Leigh Bardugo weaves six hauntingly beautiful and disturbing tales that stir a wave of unease that you cannot uell You think you know where the story goes but the ending is always unconventional and leaves a bitter taste in your mouth; they teach you that perhaps you got all the stories wrong The heroine does not always ride into the sunset on the back of her one true love's steed Her one true love may be cruel greedy or manipulative the ones meant to protect her those who inflict devastating pain and fairy god mothers do not save the day While your hair curls from the steam rising out of the witch's pot and your fingers grow sticky with the burnt sugar of the candies you savored you delve into dangerous magic you're outsmarted by pretty facades and deep down you're greatful your grandmother did not narrate you those tales when you were only a child craving adventure and romance because she would have doomed you into a childhood deprived of sleep But mind that with her deliciously creepy tales Leigh Bardugo takes you back to Ravka Fjerda and Kerch to lands familiar yet peculiar where you once experienced joy heartbreak and loveYou feel at home “This is the problem with making a thing forbidden It does nothing but build an ache in the heart” Ayama and the Thorn Wood follows a loud but neglected girl and her encounters with a terrible beast while The Too Clever Fox focuses on an ugly but cunning fox trying to outsmart a devious predator The Witch of Duva is the story of young Nadya who lives in a vilage near haunted woods where girls go missing and an evil stepmother drives her to the witch's lair In Little Knife a poor man tries to win the heart of the duke's beautiful daughter who doesn't use his wits and courage to pass the trials set but the greedy duke but calls to magic instead Only magic has as always a price The Soldier Prince narrates how the creations of a wicked clocksmith came to life and claimed their destiny and my personal favorite When Water Sang Fire goes back in time when mermaids took human form and sang tempests and storms “When no one is looking at you or whispering to you who are you then?” A collection of six lavishly illustrated tales that blend folklore with wondrous creativity and a pinch of darkness The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is the perfect read for cold weather and thirsty hearts in search of magic Review also posted on BookNest

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The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Love speaks in flowers Truth reuires thornsTravel 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 priceInspired 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 lovePerfect 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 GrishaverseThis collection of six stories includes three brand new tales all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page culminating in six stunning full spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves

  • Hardcover
  • 281 pages
  • The Language of Thorns Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • English
  • 15 February 2014
  • 9781250122520

About the Author: Leigh Bardugo

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