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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Leigh Bardugo takes listeners deeper into her world than ever before. Out of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is fully realized for the first time. These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar Saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint. This enthralling collection includes a bonus PDF of stunning full-color illustrations of each story.

Leigh Bardugo is a number one New York Times best-selling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse, which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars Duology. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House.

A Macmillan Audio production from Imprint

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Leigh Bardugo (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“The journey to sainthood for these colorful characters ranges from unjustly tragic...to humorously improbable...with enchanting, full-color illustrations that evoke medieval books of hours.” (Kirkus)

Featured Article: Alina Starkov—A Shadow and Bone Character Guide


Gather round, darklings, and let us tell you the tale of Alina Starkov, the star of the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Though the novel came out almost 10 years ago, the Grishaverse has expanded quite a bit since then. And now with the new Netflix adaptation, interest in Alina Starkov and the series at large is greater than ever. So keep reading to learn the answers to all your burning questions about Alina Starkov! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)

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  • 04-18-21

Great supplemental world building


This book discusses the saints within the Grishaverse verse. It is not critical to any of the three series but is excellent supplemental world building.

This would be best read right before Rule of Wolves (RoW) as RoW briefly mentions many of the saints discussed in this book.

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Loved it!

This was so good! Ben Barnes and Lauren Fortgang did a fantastic job narrating The Lives of the Saints. The images in the book were beautiful, and each complemented the stories well.

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Short stories but rich and beautiful


Each story seems to highlight the best and worst of human nature. Absolutely gorgeous stories that will chill and delight you. Loved every single one.

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Listen to this before shadow and bone

I wish I'd had the backstory of the saints before reading the entire shadow and bone series.

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Ben Barnes can read me the phone book.

Honestly, I wasn't planning on getting this book until I saw that Ben Barnes was a co-narrator. I'm glad I did. The stories are pretty short but they're very interesting. Some of the Saints are mentioned through the Shadow and Bone series so it was nice to get a little back story on them. I definitely recommend this for anyone who has enjoyed the S&B series.

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Beautiful

Beautiful narration and wonderful stories. I feel like I can listen to this again and again and again.

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Loved This!

This is hauntingly captivating. These stories are screepy and a tad frightening and their dark lives and ends will pull upon your heartstrings. Leigh Bardugo is a masterful storytelling genius.

As superstitious beliefs and villainish folk rush to persecute the saints you'll find that you simply can't set this beautiful book aside. These are dark but so beautifully written. I loved adding more to the Grishaverse universe and gaining a better understanding of some of my favorite character's beliefs. This is filled with heroes and monster.

This is a must-read for any Grishaverse fan! The inside artwork is spectacular! This is a quick read that you won't be forgetting. I imagine that it'll be invaluable as you navigate the Grishaverse and all of it's gloriousness.

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The narrators are the greatest

The stories are amazing, but the narration is the greatest thing in this audiobook. It’s been really pleasant to listen to these stories.

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ben barnes my love

t amo wachito hermoso
eres lo mas y tu voz m encanta eres lo mas

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Loved this collection

I loved this collection of flash fiction stories. It adds a little more depth to the Grishaverse.

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  • 03-23-22

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I have not yet listened to this audiobook but I have a copy of the physical book and have to say that the wonderful illustrations are what makes this a worthwhile publication; I do not know if a pdf has been included with this purchase but I can't imagine that a pdf would do the pictures much justice.

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  • R. Powell
  • 10-31-21

very short non-stories

seems to be footnotes that have been sold as book, not interesting or worth listening