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Book Event: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo Book Tour


I’m back again today to share another book event I had the pleasure of attending while I was on my hiatus.

All the way back on September 26th (yes, I do realize how long ago that was), I attended Leigh Bardugo’s book tour for her most recent release, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic


As per usual with many of the events I attend, this event was held at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Shout out to them for holding so many AWESOME author/book events!



To answer the question that everyone wants to know: yes, Leigh Bardugo is just as awesome in person as she seems to be.  AND her hair is totally fabulous 🙂  I’m going to share a few details I learned from listening to Leigh speak…

» Leigh was inspired to write The Language of Thorns after wanting to explore those “moments of unease” she had while reading the classic fairy tales.

» On a bad day, her writing process looks like “a lot of crying & Netflix.”

» Crooked Kingdom was the hardest book to write.

» Leigh is an outliner.  She starts with a 2 sentence book description, then comes up with about 12 plot points, then develops a more elaborate outline, and finally writes the first draft.




» The worst thing about being a writer (for her) is deadlines.

» When she started Shadow and Bone in 2009, her only goal was to finish a book.  She never anticipated the outcome.

» If every character from all of her books were in a fight-to-the-death scenario, Leigh feels that Inej (from Six of Crows) would be the last character standing.

» Kaz is the character that Leigh identifies with the most.  Nina is the character she wishes she was more like.


» Her next series, Ninth House, is going to be a dark fantasy about secret sororities at Yale.

» Her best writing advice is to finish the draft and to continue to make art even if you do not receive the feedback you want.

» Leigh has been writing since she was a child.

» Book Recs: Shadowshaper & Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older – great for fans of Six of Crows – and The Cruel Prince (January 2018) by Holly Black – she hasn’t connected with a story like this in a long time.




» When writing, the characters come first, then the world building.

» When writing Kaz’s character, it was very important to her to show that a disability isn’t something to “get over” and that it isn’t the only thing about that character.

» Book Rec of a book with a character with a disability = The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.

» She feels Six of Crows would be better adapted to TV versus the big screen.





Book DescriptionTheLanguageofThorns


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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.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.


About the AuthorLeighBardugo
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

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Have you read any of Leigh Bardugo’s books?  If so, what did you think?

18 thoughts on “Book Event: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo Book Tour”

  1. “When writing Kaz’s character, it was very important to her to show that a disability isn’t something to “get over” and that it isn’t the only thing about that character.”

    I love this.


  2. Ahh wow this looks like it was such a good event (and I love how you included that her hair was fabulous 😉 ) I really like hearing how she came up with Language of thorns and about her writing process. It’s so cool that she relates the most to Kaz!!!! And so cool that she liked Cruel Prince- definitely planning on reading this. I can see six of crows as a tv show 😉 (yes please to either tbh) I absolutely love how you shared all this!!


  3. Yet another wonderful book event post! Lucky you for meeting Leigh Bardugo… I love her The Grisha and Six Of Crows books and can’t wait to get a copy of The Language Of Thorns.


  4. At first, I didn’t even recognize you in that picture at the end! I think your profile looks more “grown-up” because it has a professional vibe. This post has reminded me to check the calendar of this book store I like (but is also *sad* about 75 minutes away).


  5. I am so jealous!! In a good way though.. I am becoming a huge Bardugo fan.. I fell in love with the Six of Crows Duology and am now reading the Grisha Trilogy. Her hair is FABULOUS!! Thank you for sharing this outings with us! 😀


  6. I have yet to read her work, but I have quite a but of it waiting here for me! I love that you shared all you learned from her. I think Ninth House sounds like an interesting idea and am curious to see how she incorporates the dark fantasty into it!

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    1. Ninth House does sound interesting doesn’t it? I’m sure when it comes out we will be seeing it EVERYWHERE because it is Leigh Bardugo lol I think you would enjoy Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom! I wasn’t a big fan of Wonder Woman, BUT I am super excited to read this one.


      1. I honestly have zero interest to read of superheroes in book format. I will attempt graphic novels, but that is my limit for now haha. But yes to Ninth House. I have Six of Crows and Shadow and Bone here to try this year! Which to start with.. recommendation?


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