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Little Knife

(Grishaverse #2.6)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,343 ratings  ·  529 reviews
In this third Ravkan folk tale from Leigh Bardugo, a beautiful girl finds that what her father wants for her and what she wants for herself are two different things.

It is a companion story to the third book of the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising, and the stories “The Witch of Duva” and “The Too-Clever Fox.”
ebook, 32 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Tor Books (first published April 29th 2014)
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Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Will you remain here with the father who tried to sell you, or the Prince who hoped to buy you, or the man too weak to solve his riddles for himself? Or will you come with me and be bride to nothing but the shore?”

Wow, I loved it!! I loved "Little Knife" aka the river!!

"She lived in happy solitude, and grew old, and never worried when her beauty faded, for in her reflection she always saw a free woman."
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
so, yeah - bardugo is three for three in these tor shorts.

i have always loved fairy tales, since i was a little sprout, and the darker they were, the better i liked them. and when i discovered, as a slightly larger seedling, the phenomenon of taking fairytales and retelling or modernizing them, it was a wonderful thing indeed, because the authors retained the spirit of the original works, but made them slightly less didactic and simplistic and therefore a little more ambiguous. they tended to be
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“And should you ever take a bride, listen closely to her questions. In them you may hear her true name like the thunder of a lost river, like the sighing of the sea.”

Leigh Bardugo is a talented author. When she tells a story, the dark twists are prominent and very successful to shock me. As for Little Knife, a very short story based on the Grisha world, I found out that this novella was enjoyable even though it was more like a tale for me. Something unreal and impossible happens and takes do
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
"Little Knife" is one of Leigh Bardugo's excellent short stories set in her Grisha universe. This one used to be up on but apparently Bardugo or her publisher got them to pull it and The Too-Clever Fox when she was putting together The Language of Thorns collection. Now that I'm (finally) reading that collection, it was great to see my old friend "Little Knife" again.

It's fascinating to see Bardugo subverting so many traditional fairy tale tropes here. The duke's daughter Yeva is surpas
“I am no blunt knife to cut your sorry bread,” it said.
“I feed the fields and drown the harvest.
I am bounty and destruction.”

Even though I am not a big fan of the Grisha series, I absolutely love these short stories.
Wren (fablesandwren)
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

"But as you leave that dark gap in the trees behind, remember that to use a thing is not to own it."

This was absolutely beautiful. You have everything you need.

☑ Unbelievably pretty girl thrown into hiding by her father
☑ Greedy Duke who only wants to profit from his daughter's beauty
☑ A prince fighting for her hand
☑ A poor man who is friend's with the river fighting for her hand
☑ Three task set the faith of the pretty girl

It is literally just like
“She was terrifying in her beauty, bright like a devouring star.”

This novella was wonderfully good :) It was very captivating and I was hooked! This was about an absolutely breathtakingly stunning girl named Yeva. She is the duke's daughter. He is desperately trying to find the perfect suitor and therefore he sets out all these different challenges. Yeva's beauty makes men lose their minds at the sight of her and all want to clam her as their own. The ending message was powerful and lovely♥. And
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014, folktale
Thanks to the lovely karen I found this little gem. Leigh Bardugo can write! I love this type of story. At first I didn't think I was going to like Little Knife much because we had the perfect girl. Yeva-her beauty was enough to make men lose their senses, cause fights, yada yada.
Then her father the duke decided it was time for her to marry and figured was for himself to prosper.
Life has a way of not working out like you figure.

Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
to use a thing is not to own it.

Review to come :) also, I loved this story !!


Edit: This was in the days before the Second Army, when Grisha were welcome in few places and greeted with suspicion everywhere.


Well, I hope at least this makes me see the connection of novellas to something. If not the book then to other novellas?

Also, I want to know about Karina and Nadya from the Witch of Duva.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2017
Now there's an ending I didn't see coming. I like it. :) ...more
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

Little Knife is the third and final folk tale accompanying the Grisha trilogy. As with The Witch of Duva and The Too-Clever Fox, this one can be read apart from the trilogy.

This is a story about greed and how it can ruin everything. And it is beautiful. All Revka folk tales are beautiful. You should read them all, whether you wish to read the trilogy or not.
Dannii Elle
This can be found online here:

This is an accompanying short story to the Grisha series but can be read as a stand-alone piece.

Another mesmerising tale, inspired by classic folk lore. The subversion in this story was unprecedented and the ending was especially lovely. The moralistic conclusion provided a wry final commentary that stretched further than the confines of this actual tale.

I am enjoying these later accompanying tales even more than the original
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-works
"Remember that to use a thing is not to own it..."

Oh my gosh!

This one was BY FAR my favorite of the Grisha Tales. It's not that it's incredibly original per say, but it's so neat that Bardugo thought up these little stories that fit into her world. I think it really helps the world come alive, even if it doesn't directly involve the characters from The Grisha Trilogy.

All three of these are an absolute delight.
Len Evans Jr
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, leigh-bardugo
"remember to use a thing is not to own it."

I think this story is my favorite of the book thus far. The imagery is lush, the story is enthralling and the people populating it flawed. The author has once again created something to rival those fairy tales of old! A fun, tale of caution as well as an awesome read.
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
"She was terrifying in her beauty, bright like a devouring star."


It’s the little things that make Bardugo the master storyteller that she is.
Like how after I’ve read this story; and realized it was one that Mal told Alina in the Prolog of Ruin and Rising. And Sergei getting posted at a way-station near Duva.
This is the type of things that makes me feel part of the Grishaverse. Like I’m living in there world.
The other thing I enjoy is that the stories never go where I expect them to go. The twis
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Remember that to use a thing is not to own it."

It's not a secret that I will read anything Leigh Bardugo writes. And every time I have the same question. How is it possible? How is it possible that her novellas and books are so good?
I'm not sure I blinked while reading.
"Little Knife" is a nicely written story with a moral and it gripped me from start to finish. And. And I want moooore fairy tales from Bardugo :((

Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Forget about novels, Leigh Bardugo, I can see myself in the future buying a book with only your short stories/tales. I'm not kidding. This woman has talent for short stories.

Hagan a un lado la trilogía de Los Grisha, las historias cortas que ha escrito en el mismo mundo son mil veces mejores. Ojala se aventurara en hacer un libro con puras historias cortas como esta.

Un mensaje sencillo y una escritura impecable.
...remember that to use a thing is not to own it...,listen closely to her questi
Erica Ravenclaw
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
☆ ☆☆ ☆

No spoilers and colorful language abound!

The Witch of Duva
The Too-Clever Fox

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I was a little "meh" until the very end, and BOOM.

Do it.

You are welcome.

May 30, 2014 rated it liked it

I would gladly read a whole book filled with such short stories.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
the river is a gay icon saving the girl from those men
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grisha fans
Shelves: short-reads, fantasy
Little Knife is another folklorish tale under the Grishaverse umbrella. The structure and whole atmosphere of it is just like an old fairytale. The twist in the end was well written too. Can't say that it adds anything to the main trilogy though, but one might benefit from having a prior experience with Grish in order to read this one. ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Little Knife resembles the most to Russian folk tales. That’s probably the reason why I liked it. A beautiful noble girl, a poor boy longing for fortune and a good life and a moral at the end of the story. Good job by Leigh Bardugo!
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
1st read - August 2014
2nd read - June 2020 (listened to the free audiobook via Audible Stories

Little Knife is the third free short story that Leigh Bardugo has written for the Tor website (you can find it here) and it's just as good as the others. These stories don't feature characters from the Grisha series but are in fact Ravkan fairytales that would be told to young children by their parents.

This is the story of a young girl who is so beautiful that everyone who
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Okay, but when is Leigh Bardugo going to write a book of fairytales? I need that in my life.
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Okay, that's it..... I'm in love with a woman!! This has never happened to me before..... but Leigh Bardugo, you win my fairytale loving heart.... hands-down my favourite tor-short thus far <3

I took a little break from the moving and the chaos of this weekend, and boy, am I glad I did! I loved this tor short, LOVED!! I'm sold on your Grisha series, missy..... and as soon as I eck through some of my monster TBR shelf it is ON!!

This has all the lovely, underhanded and misguided teaching of a tradi
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
{December 11th, 2014} MINI-REVIEW

4 stars.

A very spooky fairytale that truly paints an important moral (or morals). Truly something to read to keep the Grishaverse alive for you. Wish I could say more but kind of hard without spoiling anything. x:
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Little Knife is the third Ravkan folktale accompanying the Grisha novels and probably the one I liked the least. It was not bad, Bardugo has a real talent for writing fairytales that’s undeniable, it's just that it was not as good as the previous two.
That being said, I must admit that this story has so many incredible sentences that make fantastic quotes.
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
But as you leave that dark gap in the trees behind, remember that to use a thing is not to own it. And should you ever take a bride, listen closely to her questions. In them you may hear her true name like the thunder of a lost river, like the sighing of the sea.

I admit that I have been in a bit of a funk lately. I'm not quite sure when it started, but I'm not sure of the cause of it or whether I can even pinpoint one exact cause in the first place. Reading used to get me out of these funks,
Felicia [Felicia's Ink(t)]
"There is some debate over what Yeva Luchova actually looked like, whether her hair was burnished gold or lustrous black, whether her eyes were blue as sapphires or green as new grass. It is not the particulars of her beauty but the power of it that concerns us, and we need only know that Yeva was lovely from the moment of her birth.

She was so beautiful, in fact, that the midwife attending her mother snatched up the wailing infant and locked herself in a linen closet, begging for just another mo
Katerina  Kondrenko
8 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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This fairytale is about a super-beautiful girl and a commoner with power over the river. You're up mission-impossible-like tasks, smart tricks, and an unexpected ending.

Quote-Core: "Remember that to use a thing is not to own it.

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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wo ...more

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Grishaverse (8 books)
  • Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1)
  • Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #2)
  • Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #3)
  • Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
  • Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
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  • Rule of Wolves (King of Scars, #2)
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