THE TOO-CLEVER FOX on Best Stories of 2013 List

Tor.com has released their list of the 21 Best Stories of 2013! We thrilled to see this list includes Leigh Bardugo’s THE TOO-CLEVER FOX, the telling of a popular Ravkan fairytale that influences Alina throughout the Grisha Trilogy!

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“The Too-Clever Fox”
Written by Leigh Bardugo
Illustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso
Edited by Noa Wheeler

This story is the most engaging new trickster folktale I’ve read in a while. The author does a wonderful job of crafting a story with the kind of multivalent morals wrapped in straightforward storytelling that characterize the genre she’s mimicking. The result is an unfolding folklore tradition that makes her world feel rich and real. That’s valuable enough on its own, but I’m even more impressed by the story because it’s a work of tie-in fiction. Leigh Bardugo really understands how to use a short story to promote her novels. The answer isn’t to write another chapter, but to build a mythic foundation that makes her world enticing.

Tor.com is releasing THE TOO-CLEVER FOX and the 20 other books listed in an anthology titled SOME OF THE BEST. You can preorder it for FREE on Amazon now!

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THE TOO-CLEVER FOX by Leigh Bardugo Now Available to Read

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Leigh Bardugo’s companion folk tale The Too-Clever Fox is now available to read for free on Tor.com.

If you’ve read The Witch of Duva (which I highly recommend if you haven’t), then you should know what to expect when it comes to these Ravkan short stories.  And if you enjoyed the first one, you will most likely enjoy this one.

As for the synopsis of the story, the title really says it all.  To say more than that would probably spoil it for you.  It is a short story, after all.

Click here to read it!

 

Leigh Bardugo’s SIEGE AND STORM Blog Tour Stop #5

On Leigh Bardugo’s sixth stop in her blog tour, does a bit of Q&A for the folks there, including who her favorite was to write, and her other projects:

1) Where did your inspiration for the Grisha trilogy come from?

The series really began one night when I managed to scare myself into thinking there really might be monsters waiting for me at the end of a darkened hall. I went to bed wondering, “What if darkness was a place?” What if the monsters were real and you had to fight them on their own territory? What kind of power might create such a place? What would it take to destroy it? Those ideas became the Shadow Fold and the rest of the story grew from there.

2) Was it harder to write Siege and Storm compared to the first book, or easier?

So much harder. The world got much bigger and more complex, I had more characters and plots to juggle, and I was writing on deadline for the first time. It was an incredibly intense process.

3) Which character do you love to write about most? Which character do you wish had more scenes in the trilogy?

Sturmhond is easily my favorite character to write. Most of my characters struggle with themselves and the choices they make, but Sturmhond is pure confidence. He knows exactly what he wants and he has no doubts about his ability to get it. Writing that clarity of intent is such a pleasure. Honestly, it was hard not to let him take over the whole book. But I wish all of the characters could have more scenes in the trilogy. They all have stories to tell and the narrative (as well as Alina’s POV) doesn’t always permit that. That’s why I love writing bonus content. I get to share a bit more of these characters with readers.

4) How did you create the world of the Grisha?

The political structure and magical system came first for me. It was only when I started getting into later drafts that I really set out to give the reader a sense of place. That was when I turned to Russia as a kind of cultural touchstone. I was introducing a lot of unfamiliar elements, so I wanted to help the reader feel grounded in the world. Still, I was surprised at how deeply the research impacted some of the dynamics at work in my story. In terms of the actual process, most of the research for Shadow and Bone happened between the pages—in cultural histories, surveys of folklore, old recipe books. With Siege and Storm, I took a slightly different approach and ended up consulting quite a few friends and acquaintances when I needed help with the nautical research and some of the stickier science.

5) Are you working on any other projects you can share with us?

I have a few new things in the works, but I can’t really talk about them just yet. Right now, I’m revising Ruin and Rising, the final book in the Grisha Trilogy and I’m hoping to write a Ravkan folk tale to accompany it. I wrote “The Witch of Duva” for the release of Shadow and Bone, and “The Too-Clever Fox” for Siege and Storm, but I’m a bit torn over which story to tell for Ruin. Maybe one day I’ll get to write them all.

(via sixth blog tour stop: BookYAReview.  Enter to win a paperback copy of Shadow and Bone and a Hardcover copy of the upcoming Siege and Storm!)

Behold! The SIEGE AND STORM Book Looks Gooooood!

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There’s exactly one month plus one day until the release of Leigh Bardugo‘s Shadow and Bone‘s sequel, Siege and Storm.  It’s only book two, but I couldn’t be more excited if it was book three, that is, until it’s time for book three.

But according the conversation I had with Leigh a couple of months ago, she did state that we would receive another Ravkan folk tale, titled The Too-Clever Fox, which Goodreads shows as to be released this month, but no specific date has been revealed.  

I’m quite ready to for this book and have already pre-ordered the hardcover version, however, I may end up ordering the Nook version on the night of the release date depending on my lack of patience.  

How about you? Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?  And have you even read the book Shadow and Bone?  If not, the paperback copy of Shadow and Bone will be release this Tuesday, May 7th, so now’s a good time to get on the Grisha fandom!  We’d love to have you!

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SHADOW AND BONE Author Leigh Bardugo Posts Cover for New Short Story

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Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone and the upcoming sequel, Siege and Storm, just posted the cover art of her upcoming short story for The Too-Clever Fox, a Ravkan Folk Tale, which will be available sometime in May to read for free on Tor.com.

The art is by Anna and Elena Balbusso, who also did the cover art for Leigh’s first Ravkan folk tale, The Witch of Duva, which is also available to read for free on Tor. 

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The Witch of Duva cover art

The Ravkan folk tales are separate from the Grisha novels in that they don’t have anything to do with the characters or plot of the Shadow and Bone story, but they are set in the world that Mal and Alina live in.  So, don’t expect things to be straightforward, but expect that little bit of a twist or two that just gives the readers a bit of a chill, but in a good way.