Synopses & Reviews
A captivating, atmospheric mystery set in the crystalline winterland of Russia.
Abandoned in a blinding blizzard in the wintry wilds of Russia, Sophie Smith fears for her life. But just like in a fairy tale, a princess comes to her rescue: the beautiful, exotic Anna Volkonskaya. Over a river of ice in a horse-drawn sleigh, she brings Sophie and her friends to a magnificent, if weathered, winter palace.
At first, Sophie is enchanted by Princess Anna's stories of long-ago royalty, of white wolves and gray diamonds. But when the princess takes a particular interest in her, Sophie grows concerned. What is her place in the sinister mystery that surrounds her? Even as the wind and wolves howl outside, is she more in danger now, a prisoner of the palace, than she ever was lost in the snow?
"Constable's fantasy debut depicts a fiercely romantic Russia, 'a world made out of winter.' Sophie Smith is a bored student and neglected orphan who attends the New Bloomsbury College for Young Ladies in England. Perpetually self-conscious about her impoverished roots and low social standing, Sophie is baffled when a wealthy and mysterious visitor from St. Petersburg is drawn to her, whisking Sophie (and her two friends) away on a trip to Russia ostensibly to draw new students to enroll at New Bloomsbury. But the girls are abandoned at a hut in the Russian countryside and saved by Princess Anna Feodorovna Volkonskaya, who invites them to her winter palace where there are far more questions than answers. Why aren't they allowed to speak to the servants? What are the princess's motives for lavishing Sophie with attention? And, most importantly, are they guests or hostages? Constable's lyrical storytelling creates a hypnotic realm of ice, and from this mythical setting emerges a message about rising above one's circumstances and discovering a sense of belonging. Ages 10 14. Agent: Hilary Delamere, the Agency (U.K.). (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The Wolf Princess
"A very special debut with a spellbinding fairytale ambiance. Contemporary but deliciously nostalgic..." -- The Bookseller UK
"Constable's passion for Russia comes across vividly; she knows you have only to give reality a slight push to make it marvelous. A classic winter's tale." -- The Financial Times
"Adventure, mystery, a touch of romance; elements of fairy tale, good triumphing over bad; best friends; a gorgeous horse -- and wolves to boot. Timeless." -- Books for Keeps
“Lyrical storytelling.”—Publishers Weekly
“Breathtaking…Readers can practically hear the howling winds, the cry of the wolves, and the silent beauty of moonlit snowfall.”—School Library Journal
About the Author
CATHRYN CONSTABLE is a former journalist whose articles have appeared in TATLER and THE SUNDAY TIMES of London among other publications. THE WOLF PRINCESS is her first novel. She is married with three children and lives in London, England.