The first-ever graphic novel in Leigh Bardugo’s beloved Grishaverse is a stunning prequel to the Shadow and Bone series following the early days of The Darkling. This origin story of one of the Grishaverse’s most notorious villains is a must-read for Bardugo fans old and new.
Before he became the Darkling, Eryk was just a lonely boy burdened by an extraordinary power. The dangerous truth is that Eryk is not just a Grisha—he is the deadliest and rarest of his kind.
With stunning illustrations and raw emotion, peer into the shadows of the Darkling’s past and discover why he has always been feared by those who wish to destroy him and hunted into hiding his true abilities.
But even in this villain origin story, wicked secrets are destined to reveal themselves . . .
Praise for Demon in the Wood:
*2022 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist!*
*An Indigo's Best of the Year pick!*
"Calibrated for heartbreak . . . A poignant, humanizing backstory for the antagonist of this beloved, long-running series." - Kirkus
“An absolutely vital addition to the Shadow and Bone world . . . centering on the Darkling when he was just a boy, this tragic and beautiful story adds layers to the villain we know and the scared child he once was.” — Nerdist
"An illuminating new chapter in the Darkling's origin story." - Entertainment Weekly
"A worthy addition to the canon that will surely leave readers wishing for more." - Shelf Awareness
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Dani Pendergast is a cartoonist and illustrator from Parkland, Florida, with a BFA and MFA from the Illustration program at Syracuse University. She’s done work for Apple, Boom! Studios, Mondo Tees, and Wizards of the Coast, among others. She is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts.