A Language of Thorns Review: Fairytale Retellings Galore!



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.


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.


5/5 Stars


I’ve always been a fan of fairytales, the stories passed through centuries of storytellers, weaved with new experiences, new takes, new lessons, new points of view – there’s nothing not to love. These were the tales that kept children up at night, that enthralled them, drove them through the mundane days and the terrifying nights. These were tales that inspired dreams, created the masters we all so admire. And Leigh Bardugo, like so many others before her, took the tales we all know and love, and she weaved the tales the way she so desired.



In the Author’s Note, she talks about how these are the stories her characters would have been told as children, the stories that would have molded Alina and Mal, Inej and Kaz, and the rest of her fearless band of misfits. They were also her chance to change the narrative of many of the tales she loved as a child, and rewrite them the way she thought best suited these stories. She definitely ticked every box there. The stories are rich and vivid, lyrical, but easy to understand. They have a dark edge to them, but not too dark, and the illustrations are breathtaking.



Some of my favorite stories in the book are Ayama and the Thorn WoodThe Witch of Duva, and When Water Sang Fire. I found myself easily sucked into the world of each story, enthralled by the imagery and intrigue twists. This was my very first Leigh Bardugo book, but it has me all the more excited to dive into the Grisha and Six of Crows books next.


This is a collection for all ages. It will inspire memories of childhood nights listening to parents enthusiastically recreate the world of fairytales and re-spark the love of childhood wonder and whimsy we all so desperately cling to.

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