Leigh Bardugo is among the most celebrated young adult novelists of our time. She’s the author of — among many novels — Shadow and Bone, a fantasy series with over 2.5 million books sold. It’s now a Netflix hit that became the most streamed show in the U.S. earlier this year, according to Nielsen’s streaming viewership ratings.
But getting to that promised land and beyond was not easy. On Art of Power, Bardugo tells host Aarti Shahani about her many ups and downs: an absent father, an awkward adolescence, the loss of her editor at a pivotal moment, and an abusive relationship with a man that threatened to extinguish her career before it began.