The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I am a absolute sucker for fairytales. The darker and sadder the better. There is so much history that is wrapped around fairytales. During the years they have been changed and watered down to less gruesome and scary tales.  I do love a good retelling…So with that in mind I bought The Language of Thorns and I was not disappointed.

Summary: Short fairytales and folklore based in the Grishaverse.

What I liked: Bardugo didn’t spare the darkness in her folk and fairytales and I loved it. My favorite story was The Witch of Duva. It was dark and haunting. I liked that it stood alone, you didn’t have to read Grisha trilogy. The writing is beautiful and HOLY illustrations. The book is just beautiful there are no other words to say it. The dust jacket it beautiful…the book is beautiful naked and I won’t even go into the illustrations on the pages.

What I didn’t like: I wasn’t partial to the retelling of The Nutcracker and The Little Knife was a bit slow. That wasn’t down to Bardugo’s writing but just my own preferences and reading style.

Star Rating: 5

My thoughts: I truly enjoyed this book. I’ve not read anything else by Bardugo but I will be picking up some more of her writing. This is one of those books that you hug after you finish reading it.

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