Is a prequel about The Darkling on the cards for Leigh Bardugo?

Last month was a bit of a bookish one – World Book Night and #Shakespeare400! To celebrate all of this glorious bookishness, World Book Night asked Leigh Bardugo, author of the ‘Grisha’ trilogy and ‘Six of Crows’, a few questions!

lb-headshot-350.png3 favourite books of all time? No matter how many times I’m asked this question, I have trouble choosing. Today I’ll say:
‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ by Diana Wynne Jones
‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert
‘Love Medicine’ by Louise Erdrich

3 books you would give to a reluctant reader? ‘The Shadow Hero’ by Gene Yang. This graphic novel tells the story of the first Asian-American superhero. It’s hilarious, thrilling, and poignant too. Plus, if your reader gets hooked, Gene has a fantastic body of work to sustain that interest. ‘Shadowshaper’ by Daniel José Older invites readers into a magical New York and takes on themes of creativity, appropriation, and power while never scrimping on adventure. This is a great one for young artists who may not quite believe in their gifts. For younger readers, ‘The Wig in the Window’ by Kristen Kittscher is a witty, diverse middle grade mystery with an even more charming sequel.

3 outside places you like to read? I’m really an inside person, but I like to sit in the shade by the lemon tree in our back garden with a new book. It’s also a relaxing place to revise my own work, though I’m pretty sure my neighbour is sick of hearing me read the same chapters aloud over and over. The Huntington is probably my favorite place in Los Angeles for an afternoon of reading and exploring. The gardens are massive enough to get lost in, and the drive there clears my head.

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Favourite Shakespeare work? ‘Sonnet 29′ or ‘Twelfth Night’.

Favourite Shakespeare quotation? “And thus I clothe my naked villainy”.  (‘Richard III’)

You guys sent your questions for Leigh to @maximumpopbooks – here are the ones that got answered!

Which team are you: #TeamDarkling #TeamNikolai #TeamMal? I’m #TeamStory.

After the ‘Six of Crows’ series ends, will you write a full-length Darkling prequel? Someday maybe, but I’ll be tackling Wonder Woman and another project before I get back to the Grishaverse.


Do you know how ‘Six of Crows’ will end & how many characters have we yet to meet? I always know how my novels will end before I begin them. I need to know where I’m headed on the map. You’ve met just about all of the POV characters, but there are a lot of new faces in ‘Crooked Kingdom’—old friends, new enemies. Ketterdam is getting crowded.

‘Shadow and Bone’ by Leigh Bardugo (Hachette Children’s) is one of 15 specially printed books given out for World Book Night 2016, 23rd April, Shakespeare’s birthday and Unesco International Day of the Book by a network of volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions around the UK focussing on reaching the 36% of the UK population who don’t read for pleasure.

Did you give books for World Book Night? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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