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A Winter's Promise

By Christelle Dabos
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Publisher Description

“A stunningly atmospheric fantasy that doubles as an exceptional character study . . . we can’t wait to see where Dabos takes it next.” —Entertainment Weekly (“The 10 Best YA Books of 2018”)

One of Publishers Weekly’s Best YA Books of the Year

A National Indie Bestseller

Lose yourself in the fantastic world of the arks and in the company of unforgettable characters in this French runaway hit, Christelle Dabos’ The Mirror Visitor quartet.

Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations. Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole, where danger lurks around every corner and nobody can be trusted. There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.

The World of the Arks

Long ago, following a cataclysm called the Rupture, the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands, now known as arks. Over each, the spirit of an omnipotent and immortal ancestor abides. The inhabitants of these arks each possess a unique power. Ophelia, with her ability to read the pasts of objects, must navigate this fantastic, disjointed, perilous world using her trademark tenacity and quiet strength.

174 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“very interesting book with kind of strange world building”
Original writing
Thinking Face“This was an interesting read. The world was hard to understand at first but was very unique and interesting when I understood it. The side characters were fun and less flat than te main character. I wish there was more dialogue because I think that would make the book more interesting. O and btw who is Archibald again? Like is he family from Thorn or…?”
Reviewed in:Big Book Fear
Original writingComplexCreative settingMagical settingDidn't grab my attentionDisappointing romanceFlat charactersUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I have never been more ready to throw hands at everyone (except Ophelia) in a book. I am upset and will be immediately reading the rest of the series”
Likable charactersMorally ambiguousMulti-layered characters
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes
Characters change and growHeroic figuresMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenWhimsicalAddictiveThrillingUnpredictableCreative settingDescriptive
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Creative setting

About Christelle Dabos

Christelle Dabos was born on the Co^te d’Azur in 1980 and grew up in a home filled with classical music and historical games. She now lives in Belgium. A Winter’s Promise, her debut novel, won the Gallimard Jeunesse-RTL-Te´le´rama First Novel Competition in France, and was named a Best Book of the Year by critics and publications in the US, including Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Publishers Weekly, and Chicago Review of Books. A Winter’s Promise was also named the #1 Sci-Fi/Fantasy title of the year by the editors of the Amazon Book Review.

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