Biography of Leigh Bardugo

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.


Study Guides on Works by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom is a fantasy novel written by by American author Leigh Bardugo, and was first published by Henry Holt and Co. on September 20, 2016. The story is set in 19th-century Europe and was preceded by Six of Crows (2015).

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Ruin and Rising is a fantasy action book written by Leigh Bardugo, and was first published by Macmillan on June 17, 2014. The book is the third and final installment in the Grisha trilogy and was preceded by Siege and Storm.

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“Shadow and Bone” is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, a fantasy series set in a fictional universe that brings science and magic into connection. The novel follows the main protagonist Alina as she accidentally discovers that she holds more...

Published in the summer of 2013, Siege and Storm is the Leigh Bardugo’s follow-up to Shadow and Bone and the middle bridge of the trilogy linking the novel to its sequel, Ruin and Rising. The Grisha Trilogy established Bardugo as a new force to be...

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows (2015) is a fantasy novel set in the Kerch city of Ketterdam, inspired by Dutch Republic–era Amsterdam. The novel is the first in a duology and is part of the Grishaverse, with ties to The King of Scars Duology and the...