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The Demon in the Wood is a short story by Leigh Bardugo told from the point of view of the Darkling.


Before he ruled Ravka, before he was the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy with an extraordinary gift. In this prequel story to the Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo takes us into Ravka's mysterious past, when Grisha lived as fugitives and the Darkling took his first steps on the path to power.



  • The Darkling is mostly referred to as Eryk in this story.
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