Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

About the book:

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.

Cover of Leigh Bardugo's The Language of Thorns

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Review by Katy Haye:

I am an absolute Leigh Bardugo fangirl. I fell in love with Shadow and Bone, and wanted to move to Ketterdam when I read Five of Crows.

This collection of folktales from the Grishaverse is a sumptuous delight. Elegantly plotted, beautifully written and with an edgy glimpse into the darkness of the human soul which rivals the best of the brothers’ Grimm’s work.

There’s a brilliant remake of Hansel and Gretel, mermaids like you’ve never seen them before, and a sinister winter tale of desires come to life. But I think my favourite was Ayama and the Thorn Wood. I could feel the hot Zemeni sun and I wanted to cheer smart, courageous Ayama who refused to let her future be dictated by others.

And I’m normally all about the words, but the illustrations deserve a mention, too, because Sara Kipin’s extraordinary pictures added an extra dimension so I couldn’t wait to turn the page and discover what it would look like, as well as what would happen on it.

If you’re a Leigh Bardugo fan you’ve almost certainly already read these. If you aren’t, then grab a copy and find out what the rest of us are raving about!

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