Natalie Hatch


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Fairytale, Folklore, magic, betrayal, thorns, beauty

Document Type

Book Review


The Language of Thorns is a collection of short fairy tales. Ayama and the Thorn Wood, The Witch of Duva, Little Knife, The Soldier Prince, and When Water Sang Fire are the short stories included in this compilation. The overall tone is dark, haunting, and reminiscent of original fairy tales, where they are more liable to have a dreadful and tragic ending than a happily ever after. Each short story has one or more messages that can be taken away from it, including 'beauty isn’t everything,' 'appearances can be deceiving,' 'don’t take things for granted,' and 'sometimes in doing things for others we lose ourselves.'