The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

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I cannot overstate how much I enjoy fairy tale retellings with twists on the classic tropes, questioning who's really the villain and hero of each story (or if things are even that clear cut in the first place). Language of Thorns satisfies all that and more.

The first story offers an explanation for the title and commentary on the nature of fairy tales, to be kept in mind going forward. The rest are each self contained, though several themes and messages echo throughout all of them. I loved reading each one, though if I had to choose Little Knife and The Too Clever Fox would be my favourites.

Overall well written, great twists, great messages, and lovely art that grows along the page in pace with the stories.