The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, number one New York Times best-selling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Enter the Grishaverse.... 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.
Perfect for new listeners and dedicated fans, the tales in The Language of Thorns 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.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 30 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 26, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #13,056 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#35 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
#124 in Science Fiction Anthologies (Books)
#1,755 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The illustrations in this book are also so beautiful and add so very much to this entire story. I love how each story alternated with the blue and red color scheme, and I particularly loved how the border of each story developed as the story continued. That entire concept was a beautiful, creative idea that worked out wonderfully.
And now I'd like to include a brief word on each story:
Ayama and the Thorn Wood - ★★★★: I found this to be a perfect story to start the collection off with. There were some incredibly classic elements that made it feel very classic, while also embodying an wholly new and unique story at the same time. I loved the storytelling element added to this story and felt that the entire thing was quite lovely. It became slightly repetitive towards the end, which I understand is common in these types of stories, but that took away some of my enjoyment.
The Too-Clever Fox - ★★★★: I really enjoyed this story, although I found it slightly predictable at times. This one felt particularly classic and familiar, but I loved the various twists Bardugo weaved into it. I really enjoyed reading about all of the different animals and there roles, but the clever fox, of course, was my favorite. "The Too-Clever Fox" gets a little darker than the first story, but it still weaves in an interesting little fable message.
The Witch of Duva - ★★★★★: I loved this one! The entire concept and the dark atmosphere that permeated the entire story in such a wonderful manner were amazing, and I really think Bardugo crafted this one perfectly. The witch was a fascinating character, and i loved how somewhat disturbing and odd this story became as it went on.
Little Knife - ★★★★★: "Little Knife" is brilliant. This is a story about a girl named Yuva who is so jaw-droppingly beautiful that she literally has to go around with a veil over her so that people can control themselves when she is around. This is another one that I really loved. It was such a classic and timeless tale, and one that I really enjoyed.
The Soldier Prince - ★★★: This was probably my least favorite content-wise. I loved the illustrations and border decorations on this story, but the story itself fell somewhat flat for me. This is a take on the Nutcracker, and although I enjoyed that aspect, I felt a little lost and uninterested in many parts o this story. the plot idea was interesting, but the execution felt lackluster.
When Water Sang Fire- ★★★★: I completely understand why this was chosen as the last story of the book, as it leaves an incredibly strong message. This is a Little Mermaid-inspired tale that is all about sacrifice, ambition, and acceptance. I don't want to go into any detail on this one because it is wonderful to discover on your own.
Overall, I've given The Language of Thorns five stars! I can definitely see myself re-reading these tales and even reading them to others.
I absolutely loved reading these tales and oh my, the cover (both the dust jacket and what’s beneath) is utterly gorgeous! But not only is the outside beautiful but the inside as well! The gradual progression of the drawings bordering each page of a story is brilliant and the illustrations are all so lovely!
Each story is told in a voice I could easily hear standing alongside those of the famous Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. And similarly these tales are much darker and more grisly than what can be found on the Disney classics shelves. What I really enjoyed I think was how Bardugo took inspiration from the world she’s crafted in her books and inspiration from fairytales handed down in our own world and merged the two, instilling vaguely familiar tales with a much fuller story and deeper message. As beloved as fairytales are one must admit that they are often a bit nonsensical, predictable, and seem to only skim the surface. These tales however are short but well developed and thought out, brimming with a relatable authenticity that one can either identify with or at least grasp its lessons.
If you’re a fan of fairytales, folktales, wives tales, or the Grishaverse, then I definitely recommend you grab a copy of this beautiful book!
**Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
First - can we just take a minute (or 20) and appreciate the illustrator? After reading each story, I went back and watched the artwork unfold, trying to pay attention to detail. So, so gorgeous all the way around.
Second - I like Bardugo's fairy tales because every one leaves you with a "What th e WHAT" ending. I don't really like to get what I expect out of the story, and she delivers all the way in these short stories.
From cannibal ...antagonists... (NO SPOILERS) to the young darkling making a cameo, I all around really enjoyed these stories. They provide some reference to stories alluded to in the original trilogy.
These are loosely based on certain tales like Hansel and Gretel and The Little Mermaid, but Bardugo seems to unleash her childhood disquiet on certain punishable characters.
100% recommend for fans of the Grishaverse and fairy tales in general. It will be a better read if you have at least read one of the original trilogy
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2019
"Little Knife" and "When Water Sang Fire" were my favourites, both were very beauiful tales and i enjoyed the imagery in them. Definitely worth the read if you fancy a quick little read, i haven't read the Ravka trilogy, and i don't think it is needed to understand and enjoy the stories.
I struggled to put this down, and each night, I was always eager to wake up again the next morning just to start reading again.