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The Lives of Saints


4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,945 ratings  ·  1,642 reviews
Enter the world of the Grishaverse and Shadow and Bone, soon to be a Netflix original series!

Dive into the epic world of international bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with this beautifully illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond. Out of the pages of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, fr
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Imprint
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Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
charming, magical, inspired, with just the right amount of darkness.

this is a wonderful companion book to a brilliant world with phenomenal characters and captivating stories.

i am such a believer.

favourite stories - sankta vasilka, sankt valentin, sankt mattheus, and the starless saint (obviously)

4.5 stars, overall


saints included (*tag yourself - im sankt vladimir lol):

sankta margaretha | patron saint of thieves and lost children

sankta anastasia | patron s
may ➹
Jun 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
yes I hate the Grisha trilogy yes I will still be reading this weird ugly half blue half red book

(edit: I know it’s a half dust jacket cover that comes off, I will still call it ugly for no other reason than the fact that I want to)
Aug 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
i am forced to assume that this extremely exciting book is this ugly solely to teach me not to judge books by their covers
Helena V. Paris



Leigh also said:
"I’m a habitual doomsayer, so if ten years ago, you’d told me we were going to end up here, I never would have believed you. In fact I'd have shushed you because I'm not about tempting fate. But, as soon as I wrote the Istorii Sankt’ya into Shadow and Bone, I started dreaming about getting to create a collection like this. Seeing it in Jessie’s hands as a prop in our Netflix adaptation? I never could ha
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
buzzword: Ben Barnes

this is like reading a collection of prophet stories in the Quran. its beautiful and magical and has a dark edge. some of the tales end in hope, others in tragedy. however, unlike the Bible, the Quran, or other holy books, this one is rather unmemorable imo.

there are about 28 to 30 short stories. each detailing the origin of the Saints from the Grishaverse in a summarized version with lots of telling and minimal characterization and dialogue. my favorite stories are proba
Amalia Gkavea
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
’There have been too many stories in between, miracles and martyrdoms, too much blood spilt, too much ink. There was a war. There were a thousand wars. I knew a killer. I knew a hero. They might have been the same man.’’

Leigh Bardugo opens one more portal to the exciting universe of the Grishaverse. This is The Istorii Sankt’ya, the Lives of Saints, created by Alina Starkov, narrating the tales of saints. Stories of beauty and death, violence and injustice, mercy and divine providence. Stor
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Let's just ignore the fact of how ugly the cover is and jump into the book itself. I should point out that I had been told that the blue part is like an external cover and is removed so the book is completely red and it is actually shown in the last short story in one of the illustrations as that.

Short stories like this are among my earliest memories of reading, I remember getting Aesop's fables as a gift from my English teacher because I got a perfect score in that semes
Party Poison
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't really know what to say about this, given that I can't compliment the characters. Or the plot.
I just.
I don't even know.

It was okay. In the trilogy, it's said that The Lives of Saints is basically a children's book, so it kind of read like a children's book (besides the brutal deaths, but let's not talk about that).


I think my favourite story was the Darkling, aka the Starless Saint. I guess it was more about Yuri, but I found it interesting.
Some of the other stories were kind of bor
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
My first reaction: Ohhhhhh!
Followed by the exclamation: Ahhhh!
Continuing with: ADSFJKLMNÖ!!!

Ending with: NEED NOW!!!

No, seriously! I didn't even know this is going to be a thing!
But we all know how I am with Leigh's books: I really dunno how that ended up in my shopping cart but if it's already there... *lool*
The insta-buy is strong my friends! XD
C.G. Drews
This was lovely! It fits alongside the style of The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, with a very fairytale and fable and lyrical tone. It goes through a list of saints and gives their origin stories in one or two pages. Super quick to read through. The illustrations are the standout because they're GORGEOUS. I would have them papering my wall 😍 my face 😍 art thank u I love it. ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
RATING: 3.5 STARS for the beautiful prose

Conclusion: the townspeople are the real enemy
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
fulfilling my 2021 goal to read one book each month by an author i love that i haven’t gotten around to reading yet
Natalie Monroe
3.5 stars

“I wander now, lost among the shelves. My hand cramps around the pen. I gather dust. But someone has to set down the words, put them in the proper order. I am the library and the librarian, hoarding lives, a catalog for the faithful.”

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is much better for two reasons. One, the stories were longer and allowed room for actual plot and character introspection. Here, the stories are three pages each on average.

Second—and I know I'
Jun 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Sis doesn't like Shadow and Bone trilogy much but Sis likes the Darkling. So sis will read The Lives Of Saints because of The STARLESS SAINT aka the Darkling. Sis is me. I am sis.

"These tales include miracles and martyrdoms from familiar saints like Sankta Lizabeta of the Roses and Sankt Ilya in Chains, to the strange and obscure stories of Sankta Ursula, Sankta Maradi, and The Starless Saint."

The Starless Saint.
The Starless Saint.
The Starless Saint.
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge sticks.
PSA: if you haven’t read King of Scars, that last story is going to go right over your head, so hold off until you do.
This definitely isn’t as strong as The Language of Thorns, in my opinion. In fact, I had been leaning towards 2 stars until the last two stories sucker punched me.

This is definitely a beautiful book in the physical sense. And the illustrations are so lovely. But it’s definitely more for hard core fans of The Grisha Verse.

It also
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Filled with stunning illustrations, this is a collection of short stories about the Saints from the world of the Grishaverse. Ranging from poignant to grisly to humorous, they are beautifully put together and really flesh out the world. From pious young people killed because of greed or fear, to women called witches for no good reason, there is a lot to provoke thought and conversation. You will find nods to things from the books which is fun, and I'm curious to see if more of thes ...more
Maryam Rz.
Aug 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I absolutely cannot imagine what they were thinking with that cover, THE COLOURS MAKE NO SENSE.


I don’t even know why I’m adding this seeing as I seem to be considering a breakup with the Grishaverse 😐

Oh, well.

Charlotte (Books and Bouquets)
I will take every little slither of the grishaverse Bardugo will give us. Full RTC.

CAWPILE: 7.00 / 10
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Kenzie The Dragon Queen
I was hoping for an announcement regarding Ninth House book 2, but apparently Leigh Bardugo is currently planning on milking every cent she can from The Grishaverse since there will be a TV show now. And you know what? I don’t blame her. She’s gonna make good money, and get good exposure, and we’d all probably do it too if we were in her shoes.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m torn. I wanted to love this a lot more than I actually did. I don’t like the two page per story format, since it gives the reader no time whatsoever to get into the story.
Sep 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
I don't know why I keep adding Grishaverse books to my TBR. Every single one of them I've read (besides my cinnamon roll Crooked Kingdom), I have hated. And yet I am somehow well-versed in the Grisha fandom. It's a mystery to me. ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Official review coming soon. 😊
That bit before was when the news about the book came out back in July. 😊

Official rating stars: 4.5 ⭐️
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it
gorgeous illustrations, but the stories were repetitive. almost all of them can be categorized as saint works miracles, is called devilspawn and brutally killed. my personal favourites are the starless saint and saint of the book. i'd recommend it to fans of the grishaverse. ...more
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wander now, lost among the shelves. My hand cramps around the pen. I gather dust. But someone has to set down the words, put them in the proper order. I am the library and the librarian, hoarding lives, a catalog for the faithful.

Is this the first clean 5 stars book in the Grishaverse? Yes, yes it is. And it deserves those 5 stars. You can tell just how good Leigh's writing got since the first book in the Grishaverse.
I read it... I also listened to some parts of the audiobook... because w
Lia is reading
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
It isn't love, it isn't hate, it's just indifference. ...more
I've only read one book in the Grishaverse and that was.....(checks notes).....eight years ago, so I wasn't expecting to be that connected to these stories of the lives of Saints from this dark (literally at times) universe. That said, even without the larger context, I really enjoyed these short stories. They are dark and uplifting and dark and specific and timeless, and did I mention dark? The best of them remind me of the (original) tales collected by the Grimms or the darker Italian tales co ...more
Avani ✨
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars !!

Half of the stories did not even make sense. It is supposed to be a children's book in the Grishaverse trilogy but I don't think so the book resembles that.
Sara L.
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All these stories were the BOMB they didn't exactly help me understand the world more but they did make me love it even more which I didn't think was possible but apparently is ❤️

Please don't make me choose a favorite I just- I can't! 😫

I gave all these stories five stars and Can't wait to continue with this series! BUT I DON'T WANT IT TO END!!! 👀🤫

These were all terrible but beautiful stories.
✰ Aileen ✰
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one! RTC.
Kalena W
5/5 stars, I seriously love the grishaverse

At first, I expected to get detailed stories and long expositions about these saints, and we didn’t, and I think that’s honestly better. I was hoping for the first option but if that happened nothing would’ve been left to the imagination regarding parts of the grishaverse anymore, so I am content.

All the stories, and art, was beautiful. They were often short and sweet and gave insight to the different nations in the grishaverse. It was nice to take so
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Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, the King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her othe ...more

Other books in the series

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)
  • Untitled (Six of Crows, #3)

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