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Happy release day to Leigh Bardugo’s THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic!!! While my Kindle eCopy has downloaded, this beautiful book is one I plan on picking up in print and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

To help celebrate its release, as part of the Midnight Tales Tour, I’ve chosen to share just why I love fairy tales and folklore. (I’d tried my hand at writing a short fairy tale but it was not something fit to post, especially as it was more akin to the grimmest of Grimm’s fairy tales.)

Why I Love Fairy Tales and Folklore

Ever since I was a little girl I loved fairy tales. The darker and more fantastical the better. Which is why I’d read The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales multiple times before I even reached an age that involved double digits. And which is why I’m so excited to read Leigh Bardugo’s THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS.

As a child – and still today – I loved being transported into faraway imaginary lands, where problems got solved in just a few pages, and justice was (almost) always served. I loved the idea of kingdoms and princes and princesses and magic. I loved the strangeness of the beings, the impossibility of the situations, and the wonder each short story brought.

Today I still love the escape these stories provide. But I love the hidden complexities that many have, that I didn’t realize when I was young. I love the stories behind the tales that speak to the time they were written, the audience they were written for, and the true purpose many of the stories held.

The Grishaverse offers all sorts of magical powers, and many faraway imaginary lands to explore. And this storybook collection promises incredible illustrations to enhance the reading experience. While I haven’t yet read any of the six stories this book contains, I imagine they will be every bit as enchanting as the full length novels, but will offer that lovely and quick resolution of a fairy tale.

I also imagine this will be every bit as darkly captivating as my favorite stories by the Grimm brothers. So if I were to have opted to create a list of my top ten fairy/folk tales after reading THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS, I can bet there would be at least one of the Midnight Tales on my list.


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Title: THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 288
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



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.

Inspired by myth, fairy taleand folklore, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales 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.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Some of the Best from and The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.


About Sara Kipin

Illustrator Sara Kipin is best known for her fantasy works portraying strong, self-empowered, feminine characters. Her style is inspired by early animation and romantic paintings. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives in Burbank, California.