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Enter the Grishaverse: Leigh Bardugo and Beyond

Netflix recently released their Shadow and Bone series, based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse books (featuring, among other things, magic users known as Grisha.) Has the show piqued your interest in the books? Do you want to learn more about the Saints of Ravka (or maybe the Crows)? Are you a longtime fan of Bardugo's elaborate magical world, looking for more fantasy worlds to immerse yourself in? Well, this book list is for you!

Shadow and bone
Shadow and bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Six of crows
Six of crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts must learn to work together after they are offered an impossible heist that can save the world from destruction.
King of scars
King of scars
by Leigh Bardugo

A talented young king journeys to his country's most magical places to vanquish a dark magical force within him that is challenging his efforts to forge new alliances and build a defense against a rising threat. 
The language of thorns : midnight tales and dangerous magic
The language of thorns : midnight tales and dangerous magic
by Leigh Bardugo

A collection of folklore-inspired stories set in the world of her best-selling Grishaverse novels includes three new tales of dark bargains, talking beasts and lovelorn quests, in a volume complemented by spot art and six richly detailed, full-spread illustrations. 
The lives of saints
The lives of saints
by Leigh Bardugo

Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt'ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and the Starless Saint.
Children of blood and bone
Children of blood and bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
The bear and the nightingale : a novel
The bear and the nightingale : a novel
by Katherine Arden

A novel inspired by Russian fairy tales follows the experiences of a wild young girl who taps the mysterious powers of a precious necklace given to her father years earlier to save her village from dark and dangerous forces.
The cruel prince
The cruel prince
by Holly Black

A decade after her parents are murdered by the fey who have kidnapped her and her sisters, Jude harbors a seething hatred for a wicked faerie prince and becomes embroiled in court politics as part of her plan to exact revenge. 
The gilded wolves
The gilded wolves
by Roshani Chokshi

Keeping close secrets in the wake of the Exposition Universelle in 1889 Paris, a wealthy hotelier and treasure-hunter is tapped by a powerful order to lead an elite team on a quest to track down an ancient artifact of world-changing significance. 
The bone witch
The bone witch
by Rin Chupeco

Discovering her power for necromancy after accidentally resurrecting her brother from the dead, Tea is ostracized by her community and offered guidance by a wise bone witch who helps her pursue training as a wielder of elemental magic. 
Incendiary
Incendiary
by Zoraida Córdoba

Set in a lush world inspired by Inquisition-era Spain, a hotly anticipated fantasy epic by the award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost follows the experiences of a kidnapped memory thief whose freedom is compromised by those who blame her for her role in a massacre.
Of fire and stars
Of fire and stars
by Audrey Coulthurst

A girl betrothed since childhood to a handsome prince to seal an alliance between their kingdoms hides her magical affinity for wielding fire powers while falling unexpectedly in love with her intended's prickly sister. 
Vita nostra
Vita nostra
by Marina Diachenko

A young girl falls under the spell of a strange, sinister man who asks her to perform odd tasks before convincing her to enroll in a strange and magical school called The Institute of Special Technologies. 
Wicked saints
Wicked saints
by Emily A. Duncan

A debut novel inspired by the Joan of Arc legend follows the experiences of a peasant girl with a magical heritage who protects her people in a century-long holy war, until a brutal defeat forces her to work with a deadly adversary to stop a mad king. 
The gilded ones
The gilded ones
by Namina Forna

Inspired by the culture of West Africa, a feminist fantasy debut traces the experiences of an intuitive girl who is invited to leave her discriminatory village to join the emperor’s army of near-immortal women warriors.
Ace of shades
Ace of shades
by Amanda Foody

New Reynes -- the City of Sin -- is no place for a proper young lady like Enne, who had to leave finishing school early to pursue her missing mother with only one name as a clue. When she finds Levi Glaisyer, however, he is not a proper gentleman but a street lord and con man who brings his own troubles and enemies to tangle with hers and catch them both in a dangerous gamble that could mean their lives.
The five daughters of the moon
The five daughters of the moon
by Leena Likitalo

The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution and the five daughters of the moon are the ones to determine its future.
Night watch
Night watch
by Sergeĭ Luk'anenko

Anton, a light magician with the Night Watch, discovers a cursed young woman who could shift the balance of power in the battle between light and dark.
Girls of paper and fire
Girls of paper and fire
by Natasha Ngan

Haunted by the mysterious arrest of her mother a decade earlier, a girl from the kingdom's most persecuted class is unexpectedly chosen to serve the king in the opulent but oppressive palace, before a forbidden romance enmeshes her in a plot that threatens her entire world. 
Sabriel
Sabriel
by Garth Nix

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Among the beasts & briars
Among the beasts & briars
by Ashley Poston

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: Whenshe was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse--the magic--in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small and irritating fox from the royal garden and the magic in her veins. It's up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it's going to take everything she has just to survive.
An ember in the ashes
An ember in the ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for the assistance of rebel Scholars in saving him from execution.
Daughter of smoke & bone
Daughter of smoke & bone
by Laini Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known, in a unique fantasy by an award-winning author about forbidden love, an epic battle and hope for a world remade.
Deathless
Deathless
by Catherynne M. Valente

A full-length retelling of the Russian folktake featuring Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless is set in an alternate version of St. Petersburg in the first half of the 20th century and follows the transformation of a clever child of the revolution to the beautiful bride of a menacing overlord. 
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