The Earth has been shattered, leaving floating shards of land called “arks” to orbit the world’s remains. Living on the ark Armenia, Ophelia is a pensive young woman with a knack for traveling through mirrors. When she is arranged to marry a man from a distant ark called the Pole, her simple life on Anima is disrupted. Thrust into the snow-covered ark, her fiancé proves to be as frigid and foreboding as her new home. Forced to play the political game of the courts, will Ophelia prove to be more than a pawn, or will she be driven into the blizzard of treachery around her?
- Kiera— From Kiera's Recs
Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“I had high hopes since I've been coveting this book since I saw it in a Metro station in Paris a year ago. It definitely did not disappoint. It is a stellar addition to the fantasy genre that can be recommended for adults and teens alike. The world building is incredible and Ophelia is a heroine you can immediately relate to. She is clever, resourceful, and constantly underestimated. Ms. Dabos delights and thrills as Ophelia finds herself caught in the middle of political intrigue and deadly secrets with nothing but her wits to keep her alive. As the tension builds and mysteries are revealed, it become impossible to put the book down.”
— Katerina Argyres, Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco, CA
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 fianc 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.
An unforgettable heroine, a rich and bountiful universe, intrigue and suspense: A Winter's Promise is perfect for readers of Margaret Rogerson's An Enchantment of Ravens, Melissa Albert's The Hazel Wood, V.E. Schwab's "Shades of Magic" series, Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone, Kenneth Oppel's "Airborne" series, and N.K. Jemisin "Broken Earth" series.
I think we could have all lived happily, in a way, God, me and the others, if it weren't for that accursed book. It disgusted me. I knew what bound me to it in the most sickening of ways, but the horror of that particular knowledge came later, much later. I didn't understand straight away, I was too ignorant.