The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is a collection of six stories that act as folk tales for the Grisha universe by Leigh Bardugo. It contains three short stories previously published as ebooks, along with three brand-new tales. Each of them are illustrated with art by Sara Kipin that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six full-spread illustrations summarise the tale.
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.
- The Beast
- Ma Zil
- Ivan Gostov
- Maxim Grushov
- Karina Stoyanova
- Yeva Luchova
- Duke Luchova
- Semyon the Ragged
- Baba Anezka
- The Nutcracker
- Clara Zelverhaus
- Frederick Zelverhaus
- Althea Zelverhaus
- The Witch of Duva, the story in the collection that inspired the book, and that debuted on Tor.com in 2012, is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel.
- Ayama and the Thorn Wood, the first story in the collection, is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
- The Soldier Prince is a retelling of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
- When Water Sang Fire is a retelling of The Little Mermaid from the point of view of the Sea Witch.