Review: Shadow and Bone Novellas + Extras


The Witch of Duva (The Grisha #0.5)
The Taylor (The Grisha #1.5)
The Too-Clever Fox (The Grisha #2.5)
by Leigh Bardugo

Completed: June 18, 2013
Source: The Witch of Duva + The Too Clever Fox read on; The Tailor read on (all available to read for FREE!)
Genre: Fantasy
Related Posts: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha#1) // Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) // Casting Call: Shadow and Bone // Five Good Reasons to Read Recap! // Fierce Reads Tour 2012 Recap


The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo is easily one of my favorite series (dare I say it) of all time, so when I was having a bad day at work the other day, I snuck in all three of these series extras to brighten my day. Granted, they’re not all exactly bright and sunny stories, but good writing will always make me feel better, even if the content is a little on the darker side!


I started with THE WITCH OF DUVA, which is a Ravkan folk tale about… well, the witch of Duva. Girls keep disappearing mysteriously with only the slightest trace left behind. In the suffering town of Duva, the girls no longer wander alone and parents try to keep their girls indoors for fears that the witch will snatch them up and take them away. This tale follows Nadya, her father Maxim, and his father’s new love interest Karina Stoyanova who Nadya suspects may be the town’s awful witch.
This story was dark for sure — it reminded me a bit of Hansel and Gretel from Nadya’s encounters with a real witch who lives deeper in the woods and a few events that occurred towards the end of the tale. Pieces of the tale were a bit shocking, others gruesome, others enlightening. While I suppose all folk tales & fairy tales are fictional (or at least fiction based on possibly true stories), this really felt like I was reading a fairy tale that has existed for centuries. Even the fact that fans of The Grisha Trilogy get to read these folk tales really makes the world come alive that much more. I feel like these characters are real people by getting this extra layer of their history.


THE TAYLOR is a snippet of SHADOW AND BONE told from Genya’s point of view. Genya was actually one of my favorite characters from SHADOW AND BONE because of her personality and her friendship with Alina. Although THE TAYLOR is listed to come in between books one and two, I’m actually glad that I read it after SIEGE AND STORM because of certain events in book two that show another side of her character. I don’t think it will spoil anything to read it before S&S, but for me personally, I was glad to know a bit more about her character as a whole before starting THE TAYLOR.
It was nice to read about Genya because we not only get her point of view from one of her encounters with The Darkling (Helloooooo, Darkling!), but also we receive a little backstory of how Genya came to work for the Queen, how their relationship evolved and deteriorated, and what really goes on behind the scenes in the palace. It was just a quick little snippet (only 15 pages), but I was glad to have that little something extra from Genya!


In SIEGE AND STORM, Alina compares Sturmhond to the Too-Clever Fox so it was really fun to be able to read the folk tale that accompanied this thought. I feel like The Too-Clever Fox is really somewhat of a fable more than just a tale because there’s a nice little “moral of the story” at the end and we learn something from the fox’s encounters in this tale.
I loved how clever the fox was and there were even some tiny twists, making the entire tale clever in itself. This story wasn’t as gruesome as THE WITCH OF DUVA, but it’s also not without it’s own touch of villains and it does get a little dark at times. It’s billed as #2.5, but really this can be read at any point in time in the series. It’s another folk tale, like THE WITCH OF DUVA, so there really aren’t any spoilers or major plot points for the series.


Go read them! All three of these are available to read online for FREE (I think you have to ‘like’ some content on Facebook before you can read The Taylor, but still free) and they were really great additions to add more depth to the series. Leigh Bardugo is a master at her craft and I easily got swept away in each of these short stories.


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11 thoughts on “Review: Shadow and Bone Novellas + Extras

  1. Wendy

    Ohh yes, I had heard about the novellas but kept forgetting about them for some reason! Definitely going to check these out!! I love this series! =)

  2. Krystal M.

    I just read SHADOW AND BONE for the first time this week and OMG I AM HOOKED! I can’t wait to read SIEGE AND STORM (when it EVENTUALLY comes in at the library) and now I simply MUST read these books! Thanks for the review/recommendation!

    1. Brittany Post author

      OH YAYYYY!!! I can’t wait for you to read S&S! It’s so amazing! 😀 😀

  3. Alexa Y.

    I always like having bonus content when it comes to my favorite series. What Leigh has done for Shadow & Bone with these stories is really phenomenal. She brings a whole culture + lore to life with just little snippets, and that’s always a good thing!

  4. Kelsey

    I so have to read all of these! I loved both books in the series so far too. Thanks for letting me know about these!

  5. DannyBookworm

    Ohhh thank you so much for featuring those!!! I LOVE this series so so bad, and even though I’m not the biggest fan of Novella’s those ones I actually need to read :))

  6. Judith

    I read The Tailor and am now SUPER EXCITED to read the other two! I think they should come out as a seperate book, y/y? I would looove that. *makes mental note to read these novellas*

  7. Sarah

    I read The Tailor but somehow missed out on the other two! Thanks for making me aware of their existence – I definitely need to check them out now.

    I agree with you on The Tailor — I didn’t get around to reading it until after I finished Siege & Storm and thought it was way more meaningful/poignant that way, learning what we do then about Genya.

  8. Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews

    I still need to pick up Shadow and Bone, but the added bonus of free novellas which you usually have to pay for, may make me do it quicker than usual. Especially when you enjoy the series so much. Fab reviews! 🙂

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