Initial thoughts: The illustrations really make this book! They added so much impact and intrigue, beautifully accentuating the stories. Much love for them!
Now, for the stories, I didn't expect to enjoy The Too-Clever Fox, The Witch of Duva, Little Knife all that much. They were written during the time of the original Grisha trilogy, which I wasn't a fan of either. I did, however, love the Six of Crows duology, so I had a lot of hope for the three new short stories that were part of this anthology. I was not disappointed.
I liked Ayama and the Thorn Wood and The Soldier Prince a lot. They were imaginative and the prose showed a marked improvement over the older short stories. Then there was When Water Sang Fire. I adored that story! It was (dare I say it?) even better than Marissa Meyer's take on this retelling, and that was one of my other favourite short stories that I read this year. Funny thing is, I never liked the character Ulla was based on. Yet here I am, singing praises for Leigh Bardugo's take.
- Started reading
- 26 November, 2017: Finished reading
- 26 November, 2017: Reviewed