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Summary

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, number one New York Times best-selling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

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 listeners 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.

©2017 Leigh Bardugo (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Addictive!!!

Loved every minute of these spellbinding tales. Beautifully written and read. I would highly recommend!

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Fun fairytales from the Grishaverse

I enjoyed this collection of short fables from Bardugo's amazingly well-crafted Grishaverse. They don't really add anything to the experience of reading Shadow and Bone or Six of Crows, but they were a fun way to pass the time on my commute.

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  • kgage
  • 22-01-18

Like a Sister Grimm

I loved the first story, but could barely finish the next two. It is very well written, but dark. These fairytales teach lessons in the old grim way but for this day and age. The overall moral seems to be: be careful who you trust because even the people you love and count on the most can be hiding a monster inside. These stories haunt me unpleasantly. I don't think I'll finish them.
If you are a fan of Grimm fairytales, where the witch is rolled down the hill in a barrel studded with nails or are cooked in their own ovens, you'll probably love these.
***Spoiler alert***
The thing is, the innocent are harmed dreadfully in these stories too. I guess that makes it more like real life, and is a lesson in itself. The happily ever after in the stories I read left the protagonist almost as battered and scarred as the antagonist.

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  • Karen W. Lam
  • 06-10-17

Fairy Tales Done Perfectly

I absolutely loved this collection of fairy tales, reimagined classics that are beautifully written and completely unexpected. I would want to revisit these again and again. Highly, highly recommended. Brava!!

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  • Brittacakes20
  • 02-11-17

Another Amazing Book for Leigh Bardugo

Ayama and the Thorn Wood: 5/5
WHOA! This story was great, it hit Cinderella with a touch of the Greek Myth of the Minotaur, and just whoa, It blended amazing. The artwork was very cool, I loved how it took over the page.

The Too-Clever Fox: 5/5
This is one of my favorites that Leigh has Written, The artwork added in was a huge bonus!

The Witch of Duva: 5/5
AHH. I listened to this one through the audiobook and it was amazing! Holy Crud! A+++ Artwork yet again was amazing.

Little Knife: 10/5
Let me just say the Artwork blew me away, this is my Favorite Leigh Bardugo Short Story. Just AMAZING!

The Soldier Prince: 4.9/5
This is the only story that fell a little short for me, It took me awhile to get into it but it was still really great! The Nutcracker aspect was great!

When Water Sang Fire: 10/5
I think I might have a another favorite! GO LEIGH! AGH. I loved this! I loved the Mermaids and just. GAH. I can't even tell you how much I loved this!



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Leigh Bardugo knows how to write, man. The Language of Thorns is certainly amazing, The Narrator was amazing and her voice hit Leigh's writing perfectly!

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  • Clarica Claudia
  • 09-05-18

Perfect stories for adults

Finally some remarkably narrated stories for adults too to enjoy.
Ms Bardugo is an exelent old fashioned writer and I loved all her previous Grisha books and this very talented narrator, Lauren Fortgang, brings to life these stories in a so enchanting and perfect narration.

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  • G. M. T. Schuilling
  • 19-09-18

Not backstories! Great folktales.

A wonderful addition to the magical world of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse! As with other novellas of series, I was still expecting some of the main characters to pop up, but it is indeed truly folktales that transported me back to my earlier years. My favorite performance of Lauren Fortgang yet!

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  • Abrar Mahmud
  • 09-04-18

Not for the faint of heart

Each of Bardugo's midnight tales was both thrilling and engaging while Fortgang's performance added enchantment and a haunting feel! Well worth the purchase and spot in your library!

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  • Kathryn Patton
  • 25-03-18

Beyond Satisfied

its been a long while since ive heard such wonderful fables! i quite enjoyed this book!

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  • Ashley
  • 17-01-18

Nice to have all the stories in one place.

I remember reading each of these short stories in digital format when they first came out. I really enjoyed being able to listen to them by an amazing narrator and now have them all in one place. Leigh bardugo has added so much to the Grisha world and I can't wait for 2019 and her Darkling book

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  • sethgale92
  • 04-01-18

blown away

I was genuinely surprised with each stories end. the author did a marvelous job of keeping you interested, guessing, and wanting more. each tale has a slightly eerie tone that keeps till the conclusion. the narrator was perfect for this book. seriously loved every second and know it will forever be a favorite.

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  • Gigi
  • 02-10-17

Amazing!

I love this book. it's like discovering​ Christian Andersen's Tales for the first time. Each story it's so unique and unexpected.

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