“It hurts, but I can bear it. Because I am a doll, and a servant. Because I am a pretty thing and a soldier all the same.”
(Leigh Bardugo; The Tailor)
I have a weakness for short stories, especially if they tie in with a full novel or a series of them. This short story belongs to the latter. It is a scene from the book Shadow and Bone from Genya’s perpective. Besides a part of the scene we see in the book, it also tells things from behind the scenes, of things Genya did and thought when Alina wasn’t around. It is hard to explain this properly without spoilers, but it was such a good read. It shows a lot of emotion and showing Genya in a whole new light. I loved it.
If you have read the Grisha Trilogy, or atleast Shadow and Bone, you should most definitely read this. It is powerful, just like the quote I shared.
I discovered this short story in the back of my copy of Siege and Storm when I was done reading it. I don’t know any other sources of this story, so I can’t direct you all to any other way to read it than to The Grisha Trilogy box set with the alternative covers (A stag, a serpent and a bird). It includes both this short story and a Darkling pre-quel.
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