Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo
Bardugo at the 2018 National Book Festival
Bardugo at the 2018 National Book Festival
GenreYoung adult fiction, Fantasy
Notable worksGrisha Trilogy, Six of Crows 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 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 Spring 1997.[2][4] Before publishing her first novel, she worked in copywriting, journalism, as well as makeup and special effects.[5][6]

Literary career[edit]

Bardugo's first novel, Shadow and Bone, was published in 2012 by Macmillan Publishers. [7] She signed with her agent Joanne Volpe and inked a three-book deal with Henry Holt/Macmillan less than 30 days from her first query. [8] The first book in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone was nominated for the Romantic Times Book Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award, named an Indie Next List Book, and reviewed in The New York Times.[9][10] The novel hit #8 on The New York Times Best Seller list,[11] and has been optioned for film by David Heyman and DreamWorks.[12]

The following books in the trilogy, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, were published by Macmillan in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The Grisha trilogy has been sold in over 22 territories.[13]

Set in the same universe as the Grisha trilogy, often referred to as the "Grishaverse," the Six of Crows duology (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) was published by Macmillan in 2015 and 2016. Six of Crows was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Pick of 2016.[14] The Language of Thorns, a collection of original Grisha fairy tales and folk tales, was published by Macmillan in 2017.

In 2016, it was announced that Leigh Bardugo was writing the first book in the four-book DC Icons series, adaptations of DC Comics' biggest superheroes.[14] Wonder Woman: Warbringer was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Bardugo also has essays and short stories in multiple anthology collections, including 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 January 2019, Netflix ordered an eight-episode series based on the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows book series.[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]

King of Scars duology[edit]

  • King of Scars (2019)

Standalone works[edit]

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer (2017)[18]

Adult novels[edit]

  • Ninth House (planned June 2019) [19]


  • "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. ^ Joanna, Volpe. "Joanna Volpe". New Leaf Literary. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Shadow and Bone". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Taylor, Laini (June 15, 2012). "A Gleam Off the Samovar". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Children's Chapter Books: Best Sellers: June 24, 2012". The New York Times. June 24, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Breznican, Anthony (September 12, 2012). "Harry Potter producer to make Shadow and Bone". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (May 22, 2014). "'Shadow and Bone' Author Gets Two-Book Deal With Henry Holt & Co. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Heldman, Breanne (March 31, 2016). "DC Comics favorites becoming YA novels". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  15. ^ 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.
  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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