Book Review: The Language of Thorns
Book review written by Destiny Hardy, teen volunteer.
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardujo is a collection of six fantasy short stories and illustrations set in the Grishavers. Each tale is as intriguing as the last, centered around betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. The first story, ‘Ayama and the Thorn Wood’, tells the story of a girl whose tales change the heart of a monster and a kingdom. The second story, ‘The Too-Clever Fox’, concerns lives of the animal community at the mercy of hunters. The third story ‘The Witch of Duva’ centers around a girl, Nadya, with the help from the woods she embarks on a journey to learn the truth no one would tell her. The fourth story, ‘Little Knife’, centers around a girl named Yeva who is so beautiful that men harass her to the point she’s unable to go outside. To solve this her father decides to hold a contest to marry her off, but a river spirit shows the kingdom the destructive effects of their greed. The fifth story ‘The Soldier Prince’, is about a cursed object that can only survive in the dreams of people who live in the house. Soon it has its own desires and hatches a plan to live them out. And in the final tale, ‘When Water Sang Fire’ tells the story of two mermaids, Signy and Ulla whose enchanted voices can create storms and determine the fate of creatures on land and sea.
On a scale from one to ten, I would rate this book a ten which is why, Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is one of my favorite books. The characters and plot are not like anything I’ve seen before --- it’s dark, unexpected, twisted, and leaves the reader wanting more. I chose to write about this book because it has several messages on courage, family dynamics, and revenge that the audience can relate to. In this novel, Bardujo creates a fictional world that introduces the reader to new feelings and ways of being in the world.