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The Tailor by Leigh Bardugo Review

Title: The Tailor

Author: Leigh Bardugo

First published May 23, 2013

18 pages, ebook

Rating: 3.74


In this captivating novella, Leigh Bardugo takes us back to the world of Shadow and Bone from a new perspective. Genya Safin, the Grisha Tailor, has always been a crucial player in the Ravkan court, but now we get to see the story through her eyes.

Discover the secrets she keeps and the sacrifices she makes as she navigates the complicated politics of the Little Palace. The Tailor is a must-read for any fan of the Grishaverse looking for a deeper understanding of one of its most fascinating characters.

About the Author

Meet Leigh Bardugo, the talented author behind the popular Grishaverse series that has now been adapted into a Netflix original series. Her impressive portfolio includes the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology, and more.

Leigh’s short stories have also been featured in various anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. Currently an associate fellow at Pauli Murray College, Yale University, Leigh resides in Los Angeles.

If you’re interested in staying updated on her latest works and upcoming events, be sure to sign up on her website. And of course, she’d be thrilled if you stopped by her social media pages, where you can find her selfies and more.

Editoral Review

In Leigh Bardugo’s “The Tailor,” readers are transported into a magical world of adventure and intrigue. Bardugo, known for her popular “Shadow and Bone” trilogy, weaves together a gripping tale that will leave readers on the edge of their seats.

Set in the same universe as “Shadow and Bone,” “The Tailor” centers around a young woman named Nadya. Nadya is a master tailor, known for her ability to create garments infused with magic.

When a mysterious man hires her to create seven identical dresses – each with its unique magical properties – Nadya’s skills are put to the test. What follows is an epic journey that takes readers across the land of Ravka and beyond.

Along the way, Nadya meets a cast of memorable characters, each with their unique motivations and secrets. Meanwhile, a dark force is gathering, threatening the very fabric of reality.

Bardugo’s writing style is both elegant and accessible, making “The Tailor” a joy to read. Her world-building is top-notch, immersing the reader in a vivid and colorful universe that is both familiar and fantastical.

Additionally, Bardugo’s keen eye for detail adds a layer of realism to her storytelling, making even the most outlandish elements feel grounded. The characters in “The Tailor” are perhaps the book’s strongest aspect.

Nadya, in particular, is a compelling protagonist – she’s fiercely independent, resourceful, and quick-witted. The other characters she meets along the way are equally memorable, each with their distinct personality and motivations.

However, “The Tailor” is not without its flaws. At times, the pacing can feel a bit uneven, with some sections dragging on longer than necessary.

Additionally, some of the plot twists feel a bit contrived, relying too heavily on coincidences. Despite these minor criticisms, “The Tailor” is an excellent book that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Its themes of self-discovery and loyalty are universal, and Bardugo’s skillful storytelling breathes life into even the most minor characters. Fans of “Shadow and Bone” will undoubtedly enjoy this companion novel, while newcomers will find plenty to love about this enchanting tale.

Overall, “The Tailor” is a book that deserves to be read and cherished. Its blend of magic, adventure, and heart make it a genuine page-turner, one that will linger in the reader’s mind long after the final page is turned.

Highly recommended. 4 out of 5 stars.