The Bright & the Pale
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About the Author
Jessica Rubinkowski grew up on a farm in Illinois and now lives in Central Illinois with her family. The Bright & the Pale is her debut novel.
"Sparkling and sumptuous, Rubinkowski's adventurous debut crackles with tension and yearning. I was so transported into Strana's icy world, I saw my breath in the air as the pages flew by." -- Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows
"The Bright & the Pale is an action-packed adventure set in a richly detailed world where you never know who to trust and the twists keep coming! I was riveted right up until the final startling page." -- Amy Ewing, New York Times bestselling author of The Jewel
"The icy atmosphere of this Russian-inflected debut novel is vividly rendered, and the briskly paced plot moves the story along through multiple twists, turns, and betrayals. An atmospheric series opener well suited for a cold winter's night." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Debut author Rubinkowski paints a vivid picture of this mythological, Russia-esque land where fairy tales come to life and adventure rolls over every page. A riveting fantasy tale. Hand this to readers who enjoy Leigh Bardugo and are looking for a similar fantasy world to dive into." -- School Library Journal
"Drawing inspiration from Russian folklore, Rubinkowski offers an atmospheric fantasy debut populated by engaging characters and fueled by a strong premise, with a cliffhanger setting up events for the sequel."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Rubinkowski's Russian-inspired fantasy offers a fast, page-turning pace while offering a little bit of everything, expertly balancing elements of thriller, action, and romance. Readers will have a hard time putting this down." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books