Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo
BornJerusalem, Israel
GenreYoung adult fiction, Fantasy
Notable worksGrisha Trilogy, Six of Crows duology, Nikolai duology

Leigh Bardugo is an American young adult and fantasy author, best known for the Six of Crows duology and the Shadow and Bone trilogy, which have sold over two million copies.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and grew up in Los Angeles,[2] where she was raised by her grandparents.[3] She attended Yale University, graduating with a degree in English in the spring of 1997.[2][4] Before publishing her first novel, she worked in copywriting and journalism, as well as makeup and special effects.[5][6]

Literary career[edit]

Bardugo's debut novel, Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha trilogy, was published in 2012 by Macmillan.[7] Shadow and Bone was nominated for the Romantic Times Book Award and the South Carolina Children's Book Award, named an Indie Next List Book, and reviewed in The New York Times.[8][9] The novel hit #8 on The New York Times Best Seller list,[10] and has been optioned for film by David Heyman and DreamWorks.[11] The other books in the trilogy, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, were published by Macmillan in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The Six of Crows duology (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) was published by Macmillan in 2015 and 2016. It is set in the same universe as the Grisha trilogy (sometimes referred to as the "Grishaverse"). Six of Crows was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Pick of 2016.[12] The Language of Thorns, a collection of Grisha fairy tales and folk tales, was published by Macmillan in 2017.

Bardugo then wrote the first book in the DC Icons series, which are novelizations of DC Comics' biggest superheroes;[12] her Wonder Woman: Warbringer was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Bardugo also has essays and short stories in anthology collections such as Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, and Summer Days and Summer Nights. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and published in over 50 countries.[6]


In September 2012, it was announced DreamWorks had picked up the movie rights to Shadow and Bone with David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford producing,[13] although this has yet to come into fruition.

In January 2019, Netflix ordered an eight-episode series based on the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows book series.[14] On October 2, 2019, some of the cast members were announced for the Netflix series, including Ben Barnes as the Darkling, "General Kirigan". Leigh Bardugo responded to the Twitter reaction by telling the audience that this was only the first round of cast announcements, and that Nikolai, along with several other central characters, would not be in season 1.

On October 10, 2019 it was announced Amazon Studios would adapt Ninth House.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In the Acknowledgements section of Six of Crows, the author reveals she suffers from osteonecrosis and sometimes needs to use a cane.[16] She is also a singer in the band Captain Automatic.[17]



Grisha trilogy[edit]

Short stories set in the world of the Grisha trilogy
  • The Witch of Duva (2012)
  • The Too-Clever Fox (2013)
  • Little Knife (2014)
  • The Demon in the Wood: A Darkling Prequel Story (2015)
  • Ayama and the Thorn Wood (2017)
  • The Soldier Prince (2017)
  • When Water Sang Fire (2017)

The first three stories were later released as a set called Folktales from Ravka in 2015. 2017's The Language of Thorns collected all of the short stories except The Demon in the Wood.

Six of Crows duology[edit]

Nikolai duology[edit]

  • King of Scars (2019)

Standalone works[edit]

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer (2017)[18]

Adult novels[edit]


  • "We Are Not Amazons" from Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life anthology (2016)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Verse Chorus Verse" in Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke (2015)
  • "Head, Scales, Tongue, and Tail" in Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins (2016)


  1. ^ "Leigh Bardugo". Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Michael M. (June 29, 2012). "Spring 2012 Flying Starts: Leigh Bardugo". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Lee, Stephan (June 4, 2013). "Veronica Roth and Leigh Bardugo in conversation about YA lit". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Leigh Bardugo '97: A novelist's fantasy comes true". Yale Alumni Magazine. Yale University. September 13, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Jones, Michael M. (June 29, 2012). "Spring 2012 Flying Starts: Leigh Bardugo". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Ritz, Jessica (September 25, 2015). "Why You Should Be Reading Leigh Bardugo's Y.A. Novels—Even if You're an Adult". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Gentry, Baihley (February 2, 2018). "Unstoppable: YA Fantasy Author Leigh Bardugo on World-Building and Having Faith in Your Abilities | The WD Interview". Writer's Digest. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Shadow and Bone". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Taylor, Laini (June 15, 2012). "A Gleam Off the Samovar". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Children's Chapter Books: Best Sellers: June 24, 2012". The New York Times. June 24, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Breznican, Anthony (September 12, 2012). "Harry Potter producer to make Shadow and Bone". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Heldman, Breanne (March 31, 2016). "DC Comics favorites becoming YA novels". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "DreamWorks' Shadow and Bone Lands Writer". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 10, 2019). "Netflix Orders Shadow And Bone Series Based On Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse Novels From Eric Heisserer & Shawn Levy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 10, 2019). "Grishaverse Author's 'Ninth House' Novel To Be Developed As TV Series By Amazon Studios". Deadline. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Bardugo, Leigh (February 6, 2018). Six of Crows. Square Fish; Reprint edition. ISBN 978-1250076960.
  17. ^ "Bandcamp - Captain Automatic". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Heldman, Breanne L. (March 31, 2016). "Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and Catwoman get the YA treatment". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  19. ^ Biedenharn, Isabella (October 25, 2016). "Leigh Bardugo to write first two adult novels". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2018.

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