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A Winter's Promise

A Winter’s Promise: The Mirror Visitor, Book One

The Mirror Visitor, Book One

Christelle Dabos

  • awardWinner, Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, Youth, France, 2016
  • awardWinner, Winner, International Success, French Publishing Awards, France, 2020
  • awardShortlisted, Older Fiction, Waterstones Children's Book Prize, United Kingdom, 2019
  • Translated by Hildegarde Serle

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    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.

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    Christelle Dabos
    About the Author

    Christelle Dabos was born on the Côte d’Azur in 1980 and grew up in a home filled with classical music and historical games. She now lives in Belgium. The Mirror Visitor, her debut series, won the Gallimard Jeunesse-RTL-Télérama First Novel Competition. The series has sold more than one million copies worldwide and has been translated into more...

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    About the Translator

    Hildegarde Serle lives in London, but her heart still lives on the Quai aux Fleurs in Paris.

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    1 October 2018
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    ‘Highly original and intricately imagined, this is world-building on an epic scale.’

    ‘Fantastic characters and superb world-building…this richly imagined, enthralling fantasy is packed with intrigue and is a perfect choice for readers of Philip Pullman. A cliffhanger at the end will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next instalment of this epic series.’

    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.‘

    ‘Dabos weaves a story of politics and manipulation in which the stakes are heightened by the fantastical setting…[A WINTER’S PROMISE is] a compelling analysis of society and gives rise to many questions about human nature.’

    ‘Rife with politics and magic, this immersive read introduces readers to a new richly imagined fantasy epic.’

    A Winter’s Promise is the kind of book that you simply can’t put down once you pick it up. Dabos has crafted something truly exquisite here – a story so rich and intricate, so full of magic and wonder that it draws you in and spellbinds you immediately.’

    ‘Phenomenal fantasy…sumptuous.’ Best Kids’

    ‘Refreshing and intriguingly immersive.’

    ‘Endlessly fascinating and addictive.‘

    ‘A smash hit in the French-speaking world—and now we’re lucky enough to have the first book available in English.’

    ‘This fabulous newcomer to YA fantasy will appeal to all ages…an action-packed and often surprising story.’

    ‘Entertaining and quite left-field imaginative touches…provide light relief at a number of high tension moments…The first volume [of the series] is intriguing and inventive enough to keep us expectant—even mildly impatient.’

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    • A Winter's Promise
      ISBN: 9781925626797
      1 October 2018
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