The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

This review and synopsis may include spoilers


There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls…or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s debut novel, Shadow and Bone.

My Review:
creepy, original

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Short Story, YA, Fantasy

This short story was clearly influenced by fairy tales. I loved reading fairy tales when I was young, which is why I love reading stories based on them now.
There were times when I thought I knew what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t mind creepy stories as long as there is a reason behind the eeriness.

Whilst reading this, I couldn’t tell the reason behind the disturbing atmosphere but I still enjoyed it, with that said-I would not read again. It had a depressing/strange ending. Once I finished reading-I was confused-I wasn’t sure what I read, but it was great.

You think you know what will happen because you’ve heard this story as a child and the narrative is much similar to other fairy tales (i.e. Evil Step Mother, Evil Witch, Biological parents dead or decide to abandoned children) but no one is who you expect them to be.

I hope this was helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the short story or review. Thanks for reading 🙂

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