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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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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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  • Gigi
  • WA United States
  • 10-02-17

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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Enjoyable Stories

I came across this audiobook on Instagram. I've been listening to it little by little during times when I travel and at night after the kiddos are in bed. If you love dark stories that sometimes have a twist, this is a good one to listen to.

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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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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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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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  • Stina
  • Uppsala, Sweden
  • 12-11-17

Perfect fairytale-y stories!

I loved Bardugo's Grisha trilogy, and she has managed to capture the feeling of Ravka, of Fjerda and all the other places in these short stories, these fairy tales. They are superbly written, with a great feeling for old fashioned fairy tales from Russia or Germany or any other place. Bardugo has such an ear for making her stories old-fashioned without any false notes. I'm very impressed.
The reader took about ten minutes of getting used to, and after that she made a very good job.
I would recommend this book as perfect winter listening for any fan of Bardugo or of classic fairy tales.

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The Language of Thorns

I enjoyed each tale. Very creative. Each held my interest and I was eager to see how they ended.

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great storie

It was amazing to hear fairytales told under a new light, and try to guess which fairytales they were

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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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  • Lyndsey T.
  • 01-26-18

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.