Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Macmillan/Imprint
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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 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.
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.
As someone who grew up on a steady diet of Chinese fairy tales, where snakes turned into humans, monkeys outwitted gods, and archers shot down suns, it is comforting to know that there are still writers who can take the seemingly ordinary from our day-to-day lives, and turn them into the extraordinary worlds that Bardugo creates. It's especially appreciated in our current climate, where the day-to-day news can often feel overwhelming, and Bardugo's worlds can bring us to a place where we can take a temporary respite.
Bardugo innately understands that the characters of her worlds aren't perfect - many of them are flawed, and deeply so - but it's those flaws that seek them to work harder, seek higher and do better, leading to some of the most intriguing narrative of The Language of Thorns.
I can't wait for all of you to read this book, and you can beginning today!
About the author:
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. sarakipin.com.