Reviews

  • "beautiful literary fairytale...incredibly lyrical prose...a joy to read. Arden opens her imagination wide and succeeds in transporting the reader to an evocative world...with a heroine it's impossible not to love..."

    Stylist
  • "[A]n enchanting wintertime read... fierce and otherworldly[.]"

    Psychologies Magazine
  • "Wonderfully inventive"

    Heat Magazine
  • "Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical. The novel is deceptively simple, but its characters and plot are sophisticated and complex. Arden explores what happens when fear and ignorance whip people into a furore, and how society can be persuaded to act against its own interests so easily. It’s a rather apt tale for our times."

    Washington Post
  • "A thrilling tale...perfect..."

    Emerald Street
  • "A beautiful snowy Russian fable set at the border between myth and reality; a cast of demons, priests and royalty centre around a girl fighting to find her own path. Magical, thrilling and entrancing."

    Anna James
  • "...so detailed and vivid you can practically feel the chill numbing your fingers. Beautifully written and richly textured, it’s a beguiling read."

    SFX Magazine
  • "Arden’s debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore, with an irresistible heroine ... [an] exciting fairy tale that will enchant readers from the first page"

    Publisher's Weekly
  • "Enthralling and enchanting – I literally couldn’t put it down. A wondrous book!"

    bestselling author of the Song of the Lionness Quartet
  • "<i>The Bear and the Nightingale </i>is a marvelous trip into an ancient Russia where magic is a part of everyday life"

    author of The Dragon Books
  • "beautifully wrought fairytale for adults..."

    Writing Magazine
  • "Fairy tale lovers, if you’re going to read one fantasy book this winter, let this be it.... beautiful debut"

    www.bookish.com