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Translated by Hildegarde Serle
The absorbing first instalment in the bestselling French fantasy series The Mirror Visitor Quartet—winner of the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.
Long ago, following a cataclysm called ‘The Rupture’, the world was shattered into floating celestial islands, known now as Arks. Ophelia lives on Anima, an Ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, Ophelia hides two powers: the ability to read the past of objects and their human owners, and the ability to travel through mirrors. When she is promised in marriage to Thorn, the young girl must leave her family and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the floating capital of a distant Ark. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity?
With a feisty, unforgettable heroine, a rich universe, romance and thrilling intrigue, A Winter’s Promise will appeal equally to readers of Cornelia Funke, Scott Westerfeld and Margaret Rogerson. Discover the first instalment in a grand saga, and a talented new fantasy author.
‘Highly original and intricately imagined, this is world-building on an epic scale.’
‘The Mirror Visitor stands on the same shelf as Harry Potter.’
‘As mesmerising as a waking dream, A Winter’s Promise is certain to ensnare you in its unique, dizzyingly magical world of treachery, illusion, and intrigue.’
‘A fantastic epic, definitely, but also a coming-of-age novel, this first volume makes a strong impression. A novelist is born.’
‘Christelle Dabos impresses in this first novel with the power of her imagination. The architect of a bewitching and complex world, she sustains it with a subtle sense of wonder and elegant, flowing language. From metaphor to metaphor, this addictive and charming novel is also a great coming-of-age story.’
‘With surgical precision, Christelle Dabos has created a hybrid world between fantasy and the Belle Époque.’
‘Vibrant characters, inventive world-building, and a sophisticated plot.’
‘Translated from the French, this international bestseller is world-building at its best. The unusual settings, original characters, dark intrigue, and fast-moving plot result in a book that leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next volume. It has great adult crossover as the characters and situations cross age levels.‘