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The Language of Thorns

(2017)
Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
A collection of stories by

 
 
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling 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 readers 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.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, each of them lavishly illustrated and culminating in stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

An Imprint Book

This title has Common Core connections.

A New York Times Bestseller

"Lushly designed and wonderfully rendered ... Bardugo doesn't twist familiar tales so much as rip them open." - Booklist, starred review

"Strong writing, compelling stories, and gorgeous illustrations make this collection a must-have." - School Library Journal, starred review

"Beautiful imagery conceived from precise, beautiful prose; beautiful cover image and interior illustrations that creep across each page toward a beautiful consummation; beautiful lands inhabited by beautiful hearts." - VOYA, starred review

"Elegantly crafted...stylishly intricate illustrations...all fans of the darker side of folktales and folktale-like stories will find the stories satisfyingly full of pain, danger, and vengeance." - TheBulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Gorgeously otherworldly...Any lover of retellings or original fairy tales will enjoy." - Kirkus Reviews

"Gorgeous, cruel and almost wistful windows onto the dreamscapes and hard lessons of [Bardugo's] alternate universe ... fairy tales with all the darkness intact." - NPR Book Review

"Those who seem innocent are shown to be guilty, one-dimensional characters become more complicated, and mothers who once were absent are given presence and power." - Mashable

"This new collection will intrigue, awe, frighten, and inspire both stalwart fans and new readers looking for a heady spoonful of fantasy." - Hypable

"This nightmare-inducing collection is short but powerful, each tale as brilliant and absorbing as the one before... brilliant storytelling" - Romantic Times

"Marvelous tales, as full of twists and delights and strangeness as anything found in the Grimm Brothers. Leigh Bardugo is a master." - Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

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Hardback Editions

September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 1-250-12252-X / 978-1-250-12252-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Imprint
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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 1-5101-0441-0 / 978-1-5101-0441-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 1-5101-0442-9 / 978-1-5101-0442-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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September 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Language of Thorns (International Edition)
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 1-250-17392-2 / 978-1-250-17392-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan USA
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September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 1-5101-0451-8 / 978-1-5101-0451-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Language of Thorns, The
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
ISBN: 1-5436-8699-0 / 978-1-5436-8699-9 (USA edition)
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September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
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September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
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September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

September 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Imprint
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September 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author(s): Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU