The Language of Thorns

Leigh Bardugo returns to the Grishaverse with this collection of original fairy tales, whre she creates a mythical history that adds breadth and depth to her world.

Readers who enjoy classic fairy tales will appreciate the way Bardugo honors original source material like “The Nutcracker,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid," making them her own. Themes of empowerment and choice are also woven throughout the tales, adding fresh perspective and unexpected twists. Best of all, these stories don't feel as though they're reworked—they seem like stories that have been around for centuries that we've been lucky enough to rediscover.

These fairy tales can be harsh and unflinching at times, yet they're compulsively readable: Bardugo’s writing is as sharp and incisive as ever. The text is also paired with breathtaking illustrations that add to the story and help track the reader’s progression through each tale—the illustrations go further down each page as it's turned, until they meet and intertwine, adding imagery that perfectly complements the text.

Suggested for teens who enjoy fairy tales, art, and adventure.