Friday, 16 February 2018


Published: 2017 - by Macmillan.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / fairy tales / retellings
Pages: 281.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild sexual innuendo
Format: Signed hardcover.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
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. 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.

I'M STILL SO OVERJOYED - AND HONOURED - THAT I GOT A SIGNED HARDCOVER OF THIS BOOK. Thank you to the incredible people at Pan Macmillan <3 As a Leigh Bardugo fan, there's nothing more exciting than a signed hardcover of one of her books. Thank you!

By now, I think all of you know that I will read whatever Leigh writes and smile about it - if not scream and squeal and possibly succumb to a book hangover. Her writing is just so. flawless. Everything about her sentences is perfect. Every word, every phrase, is magic breathed into ink. I devour her writing.

The world in these stories is beautiful. It's so imaginative, so lavish, and so deliciously colourful and fascinating. You can get lost in it, and that goes for the whole book. It's simply relaxing. It's pure, fairytale escapism.
The illustrations are also stunning. I absolutely adore the artwork, and I love, love, love how they add so much to the tales. They're beautiful and empowering. 

“We were not made to please princes.”

“This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always ones who do.”

My favourite short story is definitely the last one: When Water Sang Fire. It's by far the best of the lot, I think, and it certainly holds together the most powerfully. I also love the tale that's a spin on Hansel and Gretel; I love Bardugo's take on it.

But the whole book didn't blow me away. Somehow, it lacks something. None of the stories are amazingly plotted, and some are quite confusing to follow. I love it because it's Leigh and because it is a relaxing, enchanting collection, but it's not altogether incredible. Which is kinda sad :(

The Language of Thorns is a collection of gorgeously imaginative, effortlessly feminist, and darkly atmospheric short stories. As a Leigh Bardugo fan, I love it. But I do think it's missing the extra magic that takes me from loving it to LOVING it.

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