The Language of Thorns

Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

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.

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.

The six enchanting stories in this collection are lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

 "Marvelous tales, as full of twists and delights and strangeness as anything found in the Grimm Brothers. Leigh Bardugo is a master." —Kelly Link

“These stories offer no simple architecture of good and evil, but force you to live inside their clockworks, fear and desire combined and twisted together.”—NPR

“Themes of feminism and empowerment color each story with heroes and heroines given the chance to choose their own fates and stir the pot, for better or for worse.” —School Library Journal

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