Leigh Bardugo is an Israeli-American author and short story writer, best known for her Grishaverse novels (including the Six of Crows Duology, the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, The King of Scars Duology, and The Language of Thorns) and her adult fantasy novel Ninth House. She is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2017).
Born in Jerusalem in 1975, Bardugo was raised in Southern California. She graduated with a degree in English from Yale University, where she was a member of the Wolf’s Head secret society. Bardugo describes reading and writing—fantasy in particular—as a “survival strategy” and cites early influences that include Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Diana Wynne Jones, and Stephen King. She worked as a journalist, make-up artist, movie trailer writer, and transcriber, among other jobs before becoming a successful author. Shadow and Bone (2012) and Six of Crows (2015) have been adapted into a television series by Netflix, and Ninth House will be adapted by Amazon Studios. Her works have been translated into 50 languages, with over five million copies sold in English alone, and have a large fan following.
Bardugo has osteonecrosis, a painful and mobility-limiting condition that occurs when blood is cut off from bones, and sometimes walks with a cane (much like Kaz Brekker, as she points out in the acknowledgments of Six of Crows). She lives in Los Angeles, California.