Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bardugo Tales

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, Leigh Bardugo
This book is exquisite.  Sumptuous illustrations bloom through the stories in gorgeous, understated dual tones that allow the careful beauty of the forms within the compositions to speak loudest.  I am completely smitten with their style, and was captivated by the way they grew and culminated at each story's end. 

Add to this that Bardugo's wordsmithery is at its finest in these shorts, and you have the makings of a fine book indeed.   I cared so quickly for her characters, was engrossed from the opening paragraphs of each story and was swept away by the heady world-builds.  Each narrative is dark and haunting, resonating with the sort of substance I usually equate with century-old lore.  

As a delightful bonus, I venture these would read beautifully and coherently for a reader unacquainted with the Grisha world (although I myself have read all the Grisha novels...they're good). If you're already a fan of Bardugo, I don't see how you could be disappointed by this lavish little collection.

A treat, I suspect, for fans of Laini's Lips Touch.

Advisory notes:  The third tale is quite disturbing.  There is no swearing though, but some content that may cross over into shadows too dark for some readers.  Minor sensuality, including same-sex attraction. 

Review copy received from Hachette.
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