The Bright and the Pale
A YA fantasy debut pitched as The Bear and the Nightingale meets Shadow and Bone. Inspired by Russian folklore, the novel follows orphan Valeria, one of the only survivors of a magical happening that trapped her entire mining town in a sheet of unbreakable ice. When her best friend is kidnapped, she leads a team of cutthroats and thieves on an expedition to the very mountain that claimed her family, where something sinister slumbers. Publication is scheduled for 2020.

The Bright and the Pale Details

TitleThe Bright and the Pale
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 4th, 2019
PublisherHarperTeen
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

The Bright and the Pale Review

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    A YA fantasy debut pitched as The Bear and the Nightingale meets Shadow and Bone.Hmm...could be good, could be a disaster. Guess we'll have to wait and see lol
  • Frank
    January 1, 1970
    "The Bear and the Nightingale meets Shadow and Bone" #RUSSIANINTENSIFIES-----YES!!!! I AM THE FIRST TO WRITE A PRE REVIEW FOR THIS!!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    My. God. THIS FUCKING BOOK. I’m reading an early version and holy. Shit. 😭😭😭 THE ENDING BROKE ME AND I SHALL NOT RECOVERRR
  • ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
    January 1, 1970
    You had me at "Russian folklore" <3 <3 <3
  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    Why are we all such whores for Russian folklore [Blog] - [Twitter]
  • Prerna Pickett
    January 1, 1970
    I had the pleasure of reading Jessica Rubinkowski's debut The Bright and the Pale and you guys are not ready for this chilling, fantastical debut. I read a lot of YA fantasy and the thing that really stood out to me was how well Rubinkowski blended so many elements so perfectly into one novel. From the unique mythology of the world, the heist aspect, some creepy/ horror moments, and a bit of romance thrown in there for good measure. I found my heart pounding and face leaning in closer to the com I had the pleasure of reading Jessica Rubinkowski's debut The Bright and the Pale and you guys are not ready for this chilling, fantastical debut. I read a lot of YA fantasy and the thing that really stood out to me was how well Rubinkowski blended so many elements so perfectly into one novel. From the unique mythology of the world, the heist aspect, some creepy/ horror moments, and a bit of romance thrown in there for good measure. I found my heart pounding and face leaning in closer to the computer screen while reading some of the scenes. The story centers around Val whose village has been cursed under a mysterious spell, causing the entire town to remain under a sheen of ice, frozen in time. Val escaped, barely, and has grown into a pretty great thief, working for a secret organization. Sounds pretty great, right? Val must undertake a dangerous mission and lead a group of misfits to her home town, the cursed one, a journey riddled with danger and intrigue. I enjoyed the cast of characters and how they all came together in order survive the trek. There is so much more to rave about but I can't without spoiling it all for you so I'll refrain. If you’re looking for an addicting fantasy read with a premise that uniquely twists the genre into something new, definitely pick up The Bright and the Pale!
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