Mini Review: The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

Title The Witch of Duva
Author Leigh Bardugo
Genre Fantasy, Witches, Folklore
Format Online
Page Length 15
Publication Date 15 Jun 2012
Read Date 30 Nov 2017
Rating 4.62432 stars – Recommended

There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls…or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home.

“What is it you want?”

I keep seeing glowing reviews all over Goodreads and book blogs for Leigh Bardugo novels. Leigh has been on my ‘Authors to check out’ list for a while but I just haven’t got around to it. So, I decided to give this short story a read to see if I liked Bardugo’s style. Girl, I like your style.

This short story is book 0.5 in the acclaimed Grishaverse. It tells of Nadya. When Nadya’s mother dies, her father marries a new woman that Nadya believes is the monster responsible for the girls that keep going missing. Nadya finds a witch’s cabin in the woods on day. From there… witchy things happen. Look, it’s a super short story, I can’t go into too much detail, ok?

I really liked this story. It has lots of elements from well known fairy tales and reads similar to a Grimm tale. The food descriptions throughout made me so fucking hungry! Overall, this definitely did it’s job of piquing my interest ready to start Shadow and Bone.

Anyway, I’m off to buy a pet bear. Peace and Love!

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  1. LOL @ this making you hungry!
    I’d murder a good portion of chips right now, to be honest..
    Darnit! now you got me thinking of food as well…

    Here, I’ve read Six of Crows by Bardugo without reading anything in the Grishaverse prior… It’ll be interesting to see how you like these books once you get to them, for sure 🙂

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