Book reviews #15: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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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.

The language of Thorns

What can I say, this book was simply beautiful! Dark, cruel, yes, but also gorgeous. Through tales, you will learn and think. Not in the way tales usually do, with a princess waiting to be saved, with beauty and grace granted you everything. No, in these tales, you have to be brave, to face the monsters, maybe even to become one! Each little story is a world by itself, and a little delight, I savored them reading one each night to make them last and give myself the chance to really appreciate the depth of the story, and the lesson(s) in it. My favorite is the last one, for all the plot twists and revelations, and for the final connections you can make. I was just like WOW, she did that! And so well! ( so go read it, I want to talk about it!)

In these tales, no one is safe, and you won’t know friend from foe ’til the very end, and even then, you can’t be sure! But you will travel, in dark places, full of thorns… but also of wisdom!

I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes from this book, because words have powers, especially in these tales:

« You see, some people are born with a piece of night inside, and that hollow place can never be filled – not with all the good food or sunshine in the world. That emptiness cannot be banished, and so some days we wake with the feeling of the wind blowing through, and we must simply endure it as the boy did. »

“We were not made to please princes.” 

« A thousand desperate wishes have been spoken on these shores, and in the end, they were all the same: Make me someone new. « 

Elise

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