I’ve fallen a little behind on my reviews, but here’s some good news: I’ve finally finished my Grishaverse read-a-thon! 😀 Below, you’ll find my mini-reviews of The Language of Thorns and The Demon in the Wood. And tomorrow, I’ll post my review of King of Scars. (FYI: I’m still not over it. 😵)
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I’m so glad I finally read this! If you’re a fan of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy or the Six of Crows Duology — or even just fairy tales and folklore — I would definitely recommend these stories. Some may seem familiar, but don’t worry; there’s always a delightful twist.
“Ayama and the Thorn Wood” was probably my favorite tale in this collection. (Is it because she marries the monster? WHO KNOWS? 😂) The final tale, “When Water Sang Fire,” is also excellent — and it features a familiar character from the Grishaverse… I won’t spoil it, but this story of friendship and betrayal left me thinking about it long after I finished reading it.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the gorgeous illustrations. Each story’s images are different, and the way they grow and change as the pages turn is truly special. ❤️ I think the artwork looks best when viewed in the physical copy of the book, but if you’re looking for a great deal, the Kindle ebook is currently on sale for $2.99!
The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo
I was initially under the impression that this was a novella, but it’s actually a short prequel story about the Darkling. I figured it would be a quick read — and easy to squeeze in before starting King of Scars. And let’s be honest. I’m always eager for some quality Darkling backstory. 😏
This story takes place well before the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, when the Darkling is a child. Because of its length and the events that take place, it’s hard to talk about it without spoiling anything. But this story reveals some of what he went through, being both a living amplifier and a boy burdened with strange and powerful abilities.
Overall, this story was intriguing, and I think it shed some light on the Darkling’s motivations in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. I did wish it were longer, but I would also be thrilled to read an entire book about the Darkling, so… 😅