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Easily the best part of this book was the illustrations. They were beautiful and there were loads of them and I loved that. Aside from that, this was a quick and easy read providing some background into the wider Grishaverse and it was fun to read and recognise some of the Saints and their stories. There was nothing particularly special about any of the stories - most of them were only 3 or 4 pages so there wasn't much depth - but I am glad I read this as a fan of the world they come from.
When I saw this book was coming out I was excited to read about the saints that had made up some of the belief system in Grishaverse.
The art work is stunning don't get me wrong, but the stories meh! It's like a camp fire story time. The stories are short and don't really have much depth, if I compare to the language of thorns which was a collection of grishaverse short stories, language of thorns would win.
I'm a big fan of the Grishaverse books and this is not part of the series, rather a "facsimile" of a fictional book that Alina Starkov is given in the first novel. It has nothing to do with real world saints, but is rather an exploration of the theology that Leigh Bardugo created for her universe. As such, there is very little in this for newcomers to The Grishaverse, but if, like me, you are already a fan and want to read the stories that are supposed to be familiar to your favourite characters, it's a good addition to your Grishaverse collection. Each tale is concise and beautifully illustrated.
3,5 stars. First, thumbs up for Daniel J. Zollinger and his beautiful illustrations: they are for sure the best part of the book. Turning to the stories of the saints, I think they were okay: some of them were very interesting, others much less intriguing. And unfortunately, I don't think most of them will remain etched in my memories for too long. I think I would have preferred less but longer and more complex stories. However, if you are, like me, great Grishaverse fans, I'm sure you will appreciate this book.
Un livre tout simplement magnifique avec de sublimes illustrations, une belle reliure et les histoires des Saints sont intéressants bien que très courtes. (2 pages maximum). Etant fan de l'univers Grisha (aussi nommée Grishaverse) cet ouvrage est très sympathique pour en savoir plus sur le livre des amplificateurs. Ce n'est pas un livre obligatoire à avoir mais si vous êtes fan de l'univers crée par Leigh Bardugo, il est très intéressant! Pourquoi 3 étoiles ? Car le livre est arrivé dans un piteux état: traces de doigts, de l'eau sur la tranche, des griffures sur le devant de la reliure... J'ai été très deçue et j'ai renvoyé une première fois ce livre car pour ma collection, je voulais qu'il soit parfait. Le niveau d'anglais est très simple, les histoires sont très courtes donc c'est très accessible!