Riveting Reads: The Language of Thorns

Riveting Reads: The Language of Thorns

A deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories

Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Garth Nix

This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.

Her current read is ‘The Language of Thorns’ by Leigh Bardugo

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 love struck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, a collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Leigh Bardugo has beautifully written a dark and haunting take on fairytales. These realistic fairytales are more Grimm than Disney but still have that timeless fairytale quality to them. Bardugo tells brand new stories with a nod to the classics often leaving the reader with a very different ending or message than expected. The innocent characters turn out to be guilty and standard characters become more complex. Her characters are not your archetypal good or evil but are multilayered and complex. These characters will make you wish she wrote full novels surrounding each character. You will find human truths hidden amongst the dangerous beasts and courageous maidens. Bardugo transports you to lands both familiar and strange and keeps her readers hooked until the last tale is over. Accompanying each tale is artwork by Sara Kipin which borders the text. These illustrations unravel and become increasingly decorative as the tale progresses culminating in an artistic and thematic representation of the story. The illustrations add to the storybook quality that fairytale have and are beautifully rendered.

Ensnares you from beginning to end. A great balance between sweet and sour

Favourite Story: When Water Sang Fire

You can find this book in the Young Adult Section under BAR

Kerrie Gamble