|Born||April 6, 1975|
|Genre||Young adult fiction, Fantasy, Superhero fiction|
|Notable works||Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows duology, King of Scars duology|
|Notable awards||Inkpot Award|
Leigh Bardugo is an American fantasy author. She is best known for her young adult Grishaverse novels, which include the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, and the King of Scars dilogy. She also received acclaim for her paranormal fantasy adult debut, Ninth House. The Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows series have been adapted into Shadow and Bone by Netflix and Ninth House will be adapted by Amazon Studios; Bardugo is an executive producer on both works.
Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, Israel, in 1975 and grew up in Los Angeles, California, U.S. where she was raised by her grandparents. She is secular Jewish and of Moroccan Jewish descent on her father's side, and of Ashkenazi Jewish (Russian-Jewish and Lithuanian-Jewish) descent on her mother's side.
She attended Yale University, graduating with a degree in English in the spring of 1997. She was a member of the Wolf's Head secret society. Before publishing her first novel, she worked in copywriting and journalism, as well as makeup and special effects.
Bardugo's debut novel, Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha trilogy, was published in 2012 by Macmillan. Shadow and Bone was nominated for the Romantic Times Book Award and the South Carolina Children's Book Award, named an Indie Next List Book, and reviewed in The New York Times. The novel hit #8 on The New York Times Best Seller list, and had been optioned for film by David Heyman and DreamWorks. The other books in the trilogy, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising, were published by Macmillan in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Bardugo defines Shadow and Bone genre as Tsarpunk - a fantasy with inspiration from early 19th century Russia.
The Six of Crows dilogy (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) was published by Macmillan in 2015 and 2016. It is set in the same universe as the Grisha trilogy (sometimes collectively referred to as the "Grishaverse"). Six of Crows was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA-YALSA Top Ten Pick of 2016. The Language of Thorns, a collection of Grisha fairy tales and folk tales, was published by Macmillan in 2017.
Bardugo then wrote the first book in the DC Icons series, which are novelizations of DC Comics' biggest superheroes; her novel, Wonder Woman: Warbringer, was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.
In 2019, Bardugo's first adult novel, Ninth House, was published by Flatiron Books. It won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for best fantasy novel. In January 2023, she published the sequel to Ninth House, Hell Bent.
Bardugo also has essays and short stories in anthology collections such as Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, and Summer Days and Summer Nights. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and published in over 50 countries.
Bardugo appeared on a Grishaverse panel alongside showrunner Heisserer at New York Comic Con in October 2020. She was ranked the sixth most popular author between 2016 and 2021 on Goodreads.
In 2023, she reached a multi-book deal with Macmillan Publishers. She signed with WME agency. She picketed for the Writers Guild of America.
Main article: Shadow and Bone (TV series)
In September 2012, DreamWorks acquired the movie rights to Shadow and Bone with David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford producing, although this project was not realized. In January 2019, Netflix ordered an eight-episode series based on the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows book series. Bardugo made a cameo appearance in episode three of Shadow and Bone.
In October 2019, Amazon Studios announced that it would adapt Ninth House. Bardugo is set to executive produce the project alongside Pouya Shahbazian.
In the acknowledgements section of Six of Crows, Bardugo reveals she has osteonecrosis and sometimes needs to use a cane; this was a source of inspiration for one of the story's six protagonists, master thief and gang boss Kaz Brekker, who uses a cane.
Bardugo was a singer in the band Captain Automatic from 2006 to 2007. She eloped with her partner of 4 years in January 2022.
Main article: Characters of the Grishaverse
Alex Stern series
"The Witch of Duva", "The Too-Clever Fox", and "Little Knife" were later released as a set called Folktales from Ravka in 2015. 2017's The Language of Thorns collected all of the short stories except "The Tailor" and "The Demon in the Wood".
The awards the author has received are as follows:
|2020||Audie Award||Ninth House||Best Fantasy||Nominated|||
|2016||Dragon Awards||Six of Crows||Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel||Nominated|||
|2020||Ninth House||Fantasy Novel||Nominated|||
|2018||German Fantasy Awards||Six of Crows||Best International Novel||Won|||
|2012||Goodreads Choice Awards||Shadow and Bone||Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction||Nominated|||
|2013||Siege and Storm||Nominated|||
|2014||Ruin and Rising||Nominated|||
|2015||Six of Crows||Nominated|||
|2017||The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic||Nominated|||
|2019||King of Scars||Nominated|||
|Ninth House||Best Fantasy||Won|||
|2021||Rule of Wolves||Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction||Won|||
|2019||Inkpot Award||Leigh Bardugo||—||Won|||
|2017||Locus Award||Crooked Kingdom||Best Young Adult Book||Nominated|||
|2020||King of Scars||Nominated|||
|Ninth House||Best Fantasy Novel||Nominated|
|2019||Amazon||Ninth House||Amazon's Best Books of 2019 List||18|||
|2019||Book Riot||Ninth House||The best books of 2019||—|||
|2021||Rule of Wolves||Top Books of 2021||—|||
|2015||Bustle||Six of Crows||The 25 Best YA Books Of 2015||16|||
|2016||Crooked Kingdom||The 30 Best YA Books Of 2016||—|||
|2013||BuzzFeed||Siege and Storm||The 21 Best YA Books Of 2013||14|||
|2014||Ruin and Rising||The 17 Best YA Books Of 2014||7|||
|2015||Six of Crows||16 Of The Best YA Books Of 2015||7|||
|2015||Six of Crows||The 32 Best Fantasy Books Of 2015||8|||
|2019||King of Scars||31 Young Adult Books That We Deemed The Best Of 2019||2|||
|2016||Entertainment Weekly||Crooked Kingdom||YA Books of 2016||6|||
|2014||The Guardian||Ruin and Rising||What are the best children's books of 2014?||—|||
|2015||The Independent||Six of Crows||10 best fantasy novels||3|||
|2016||The Irish Times||Six of Crows||Our favourite children's and YA books of 2016||—|||
|2021||Kobo||Rule of Wolves||Our top 20 Kids & Young Adult picks of 2021||—|||
|2015||New York Times||Six of Crows||Notable Children's Books of 2015||—|||
|2019||NPR||Ninth House||NPR's Favorite Books of 2019||—|||
|2019||Parade||Ninth House||The 25 Best Books of 2019||—|||
|2015||Paste||Six of Crows||The 30 Best Young Adult Books of 2015||25|||
|2016||Crooked Kingdom||The Best Books of 2016: Young Adult||23|||
|2019||Ninth House||The 19 Best Novels of 2019||9|||
|2019||Ninth House||The Top 19 Best Audiobooks of 2019||—|||
|2015||PopSugar||Six of Crows||The Best YA Books of 2015||3|||
|2016||Crooked Kingdom||The Best YA Books of 2016||21|||
|2017||Seventeen||Wonder Woman||28 of the Best YA Books of 2017||24|||
|2019||ShortList||Six of Crows||Best Young Adult books: great YA books to read today||3|||
|2019||Time||Ninth House||The 100 Must Read Books of 2019||—|||
|2019||Tor||Ninth House||The Best Books of 2019||—|||
|2021||Rule of Wolves||The Best Books of 2021||—|||
|2019||USA Today||Ninth House||Best books of 2019||—|||
|2019||Vox||Ninth House||Best of 2019: the 15 best books we read this year||—|||
|2015||The Wall Street Journal||Six of Crows||Best of the Best-of Lists: Best Young Adult||—|||
|2021||Wired||Six of Crows||36 of the best fantasy books everyone should read||—|||
|2019||Comic Years||Shadow and Bone Series||The Top 10 Fantasy Series Published In The Past Decade||8|||
|2019||Paste||Six of Crows||The 30 Best Fantasy Novels of the 2010s||14|||
|Six of Crows||The 30 Best Young Adult Novels of the 2010s||18|||
|2018||Paste||Crooked Kingdom||The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far)||38|||
|Six of Crows||15|
|2020||Polygon||Wonder Woman: Warbringer||The greatest Wonder Woman comics of all time||—|||
|2020||Time||Six of Crows||100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time||—|||