Hey bookdragons! Are you looking for the perfect audiobook to read by these dark Winter evenings? Look no further, I got you covered 😉
Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, from the hands of Alina Starkov to yours, the Istorii Sankt’ya is a magical keepsake from the Grishaverse.
These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.
First, of course, we have the Grishaverse, it is always a pleasure to get back in there, and this time to dive into the legends of the well known Saints. And here, we read about almost 30 of them! A bit of Grisha power, of demons, sacrifices and miracles, and you have all the ingredients for a good legends! I was not expected that many, so that was a good surprise, and all the stories were different.
I also loved to find in the chapters some Saints we already heard about in the other Bardugo’s books (including Sankta Alina of the Fold!)… or even in our world! Like Sankt Nikolai, a sort of adaptation to our Saint Nicholas, and I loved how Bardugo wove that particular story together. Plus, it was Ben Barnes reading it!
Which brings me to the other thing I loved in the audiobook: the narrators! Ben Barnes of course, he was one of the reasons I wanted to discover the book as audio (and I have NO regret, it was delightful to hear him tell me about all these Sankts, I’ll do it again anytime!). And to be fair, Lauren Fortgang was also a great narrator for all the legends we learn about.
The two of them really brought to life the magic of Bardugo’s world, and all these Saints with very often tragic destinies.
In a few words
I was completely captivated by this audio version of the Istorii Sankt’ya, and it is definitely the kind of books I will happily re-read next Winter!
See you for a cup,
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