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.







Ayama and the Thorn Wood

  • Ayama
  • The Beast
  • Kima
  • Ma Zil

The Too-Clever Fox

  • Koja
  • Lula
  • Ivan Gostov
  • Sofiya
  • Jurek

The Witch of Duva

  • Nadya
  • Havel
  • Maxim Grushov
  • Karina Stoyanova
  • Magda

Little Knife

  • Yeva Luchova
  • Duke Luchova
  • Semyon the Ragged
  • Baba Anezka

The Soldier Prince

  • The Nutcracker
  • Droessen
  • Clara Zelverhaus
  • Frederick Zelverhaus
  • Althea Zelverhaus

When Water Sang Fire


  • The Witch of Duva, the story in the collection that inspired the book, and that debuted on 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.
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