The Crow Maiden


"Singleton's prose is a well tempered finely honed instrument that does not exclude a certain delicacy of touch. Her descriptions of the English countryside are lush and poetic, evoking the sanctity around which so many issues revolve. Her depictions of Paul and Katherine are balanced and mature... Such secondary characters as Katherine's friend Elaine, the Goth-boy Jon and the wanderer Owain all strike me as utterly believable. Singleton has a sharp sense of what it is like to live outside the mainstream of society.

Her major accomplishment is her analysis and explication of how Faerie and our world interrelate. As Katherine learns while crossing the surreal landscape of Faerie, the fey ones are the dreamside of creation, while man is its consciousness, and neither can exist without the other. Restoring the modern imbalance is the root motivation of these otherwordly intruders.

Reminiscent of the exemplary work of Graham Joyce, Singleton's fine novel also harks back to the allegories of George MacDonald - Phantastes (1858) and Lilith (1895) - in its rigorously stern approach to the land beyond the fields we know."


"It's certainly compelling and Singleton develops an utterly convincing portrayal of the impact of supermatural activities on human psychology, politics and social affairs.

And there's a penetrating and perceptive analysis of the forces that shape their lives, expressed in terms of polarities of need: material versus spiritual; freedom versus the need to belong; the longing to escape versus social responsibility...

The Crow Maiden is an absorbing debut: inventive, rich, allusive, touching, frightening."


"The Crow Maiden is this year's best-kept secret. The book is readily available from Internet bookshops such as Amazon but is not generally available through High Street bookshops, which is a shame. But do not let that stand in your way. It deserves to sell by the truckload. The characters are entirely believable. The story is complicated, yet it all makes sense. The prose is dazzling throughout. I love its dark sensual quality."


"I'd describe it as neo-romantic. It is, in essence, pagan, firmly situated in landscape and local mythology, and its roots can be traced as far back as the work of people like Arthur Machen and John Cowper Powys. It has a powerful sense of place - anyone interested in the English landscape novel should seek it out. Sarah Singleton's take on faeryland is particularly reminiscent of Machen's depictions of an alluring, sinister world that lies almost within reach of our own, and cannot be trusted... This intense, otherworldly vision, combined with Singleton's powerful use of language, is the real strength of the novel. There are some extraordinary passages, containing an almost spell-like use of words.

"The Crow Maiden is also a modern novel dealing with some very contemporary preoccupations... Her characters are convincing and well drawn...

"This is a most interesting novel and I hope it achieves the success it deserves."

In The Mirror


"In The Mirror is a very quiet tale, which moves from reality to fantasy and back with ease and assurance. It deals with a relationship between a married man and a woman cursed with ME, a disabling nervous disease that paralyzes half of her body. Nothing much really happens in the story, except in the minds of the characters. Indeed upon its initial read it might seem a bit dull. Later, though, you'll find your mind replaying images and emotions it has left on your subconscious. It's as though the story plays better in retrospect than it does on the page. This is vastly appropriate, considering this is the very theme Singleton is writing on. Her poetic prose and effective characterisations induce in the reader the very condition of which she writes."


The Crow Maiden