The Demon in the Wood
by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #0.1
Published: August 18th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Novella, Young Adult
Format: eBook (67 pages)
Before he ruled Ravka, before he was the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy with an extraordinary gift. In this prequel story to the New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo takes us into Ravka's mysterious past, when Grisha lived as fugitives and the Darkling took his first steps on the path to power.
Seeing the Darkling’s childhood in this short story made him a more sympathetic character. I was surprised that I felt bad for him! I thought The Demon in the Wood was worth reading. It fleshed out the idea of amplifiers and showed the greed that they can cause.
My favorite quote:
Fear is a powerful ally, but feed it too often, make it too strong, and it will turn on you.
-Leigh Bardugo, The Demon in the Wood