The Language of Thorns is out TODAY! Thank you to MacMillan for having us host a release day blitz stop today.  We’re toasting the release of Language of Thorns with a highlight of one of our favorite stories from the collection and a cocktail fit for the leader of the Second Army.


About the Book

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic 

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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 Story: Little Knife

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Yeva is the most beautiful girl in all of Velisyana. Her beauty is so profound that any man who looks upon her wants to steal her away for his own. It is clear to her father the Duke of Velisyana that the only safe place for Yeva is for her to be hidden away in the house of her husband. But why waste such beauty on love? Why not have a contest to determine her husband?

One poor suitor named Seymon The Ragged is determine to win Yeva’s hand in marriage, despite the odds stacked against him. Seymon has a secret weapon, the river called Little Knife. But any man who thinks he can control the forces of nature is bound to be disappointed.



We thought a perfect cocktail to portray the themes of Little Knife would be The Lady In Blue.  A variation on a White Lady (a New Orleans Sour), this gin-based coupe carries crème de violette, orange flower water and edible flower petals, but blue curaçao is its crown jewel. It’s poured last to complete the cocktail—a tribute to the long-term ghostly guest of Louisville’s Seelbach hotel.


1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire gin

.75 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz simple syrup

2 to 3 drops orange flower water

.25 oz crème de violette

blue curaçao

Garnish: Edible flower petals

Glass: Coupe


Add all ingredients except for the blue curaçao to a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously, then double strain into a glass. Add the edible flower garnish, then pour a slip of blue curaçao down the side of the glass so that it layers on the bottom.


Documentation of cocktail success!  Although we had trouble procuring the blue curacao (which is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, dyed blue), the mixologists at Hotel Bar here in Tampa did a fabulous job of creating this cocktail for us with undyed curacao.  Refreshing, citrusy, with light floral notes, The Lady In Blue was a rousing success, which lead to us to ordering a second round. Cheers!


Leigh and the Midnight Tales Tour are coming to Tampa Wednesday, September 27th and we get to moderate. Join us at Inkwood Books as we toast Leigh and the Grishaverse.

Ann-Eliza & Carmen