The Language of Thorns
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I really loved this collection! I came into this book knowing there was going to be a little bit of a twist with the stories told, but I did not imagine how much of a twisted telling these were going to be. I mean, sweets so good it turns someone into a cannibalistic animal, a nutcracker soldier who is more than just fairy-tale, and mermaids who put The Little Mermaid’s Ursula to shame. Even more than that, was how Leigh Bardugo showed us what may really lay hidden within all these stories told.
“You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled–not with all the food or sunshine in the world. That emptiness cannot be banished, and so some days we wake with the feeling of the wind blowing through, and we must simply endure it as the boy did.”
The stories that filled this novel, were completely engrossing and left me wanting more. They kept changing and becoming more of their own versions, leaving me with tons of creepy feels and shocking moments. More than all of that, were the gorgeous drawings that began filling each page as I continued to read along. It’s definitely a gorgeous book from the dust jacket, to the book itself, and the empowering messages many of the stories convey.
“Now in the valley, the people care less for pretty faces. Mothers pat their pregnant bellies and whisper prayers for the future. They pray for rain in the long summer. They pray that their children will be brave and clever and strong, that they will tell the true stories instead of the easy ones.”
I can’t believe it took me this long to read a book by this author because I quickly fell in love with The Language of Thorns, along with Wonder Woman (review is absolutely going to be posted soon for that one) which I read right after. I have the Six of Crows duology which I’m hoping to get to soon, as well as The Grishaverse trilogy. If they’re anything like this book (and as well written), I know I’m going to continue purchasing more books by her.