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Les Fiancés de l'Hiver

(La Passe-Miroir #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  7,268 ratings  ·  1,072 reviews
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 6th 2013 by Gallimard
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
EDIT : a quick foreword because I'm t i r e d, and look at me! I'm writing in bold font, what a monster *shivers*

1) I've never attacked the author. My review is solely focused on the book and the book only. Goodreads offers me the opportunity, as a reader, to give my honest opinion. I... took it. It's that simple.

2) The use of profanity is a stylistic choice. Sometimes I curse, others I don't and (surprise surprise) I'm actually able to interact in a different way. After finishing this novel th
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Ilenia Zodiaco
Avrei preferito meno starnuti da parte della protagonista ma per il resto lavoro encomiabile. Ambientazione e trama sicuramente fanno la parte del leone rispetto ai personaggi che rimangono alquanto enigmatici. Ma forse anche questo fa parte del fascino di questo libro che richiama alla mente Alice nel paese delle meraviglie in una cornice fantasy e dalle tinte lievemente steampunk.
Umut Reviews
I really enjoyed the book. The world was so imaginative and creative. I truly loved the setting. It was also simple enough that made it even easier to grasp and enjoy. Probably Ophelia was the best part of this book for me. It was a powerful character development, and a very likeable heroine. She was very pragmatic in the way she approached the events. There was lots of court politics and relationship management. Dabos managed to create a strong intrigue. I kept turning the pages to learn why on ...more
Kylie D
A novel that takes place in a world so similar, yet different, to our own. God has gotten angry and smashed the world into little pieces. It sees Ophelia travel to a distant ark, as these fragments of the world are now called, for an arranged marriage to Thorn, the Pole ark's treasurer. Ophelia has certain gifts, just by touching an object she can read the feelings and mindset of people who have previously touched that object, and she also has the ability to travel through mirrors. Yet others ha ...more
Victoria
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Premier coup de coeur de l'année ! C'était loufoque, bourré d'imagination, et magique. Il y a certes des longueurs (plutôt au milieu pour moi; j'ai adoré le début qu'on m'avait décrit comme très lent), mais l'univers et les personnages en valent largement la peine. Je pense que je lirai le deuxième tome en ebook car il sera dur d'attendre la sortie poche ! C'était vraiment bien <3
Spencer Orey
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting world filed with torturous court intrigue, and a real teaser of an ending. The arks are cool, and there are very evocative lines about more interesting things to see that we don't get to in this book. Some descriptions will stick with me, especially about the use of illusions and what's really underneath them.

I called the ending a tease, but to me it was really more of a dud. I wanted more to happen at the end than just strange alliances. Okay I actually wanted more to happen
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Tiffany Miss.Fiction
Potenzialmente il libro della vita ma dobbiamo fare i conti con qualche caduta di stile che rovina una lettura così piacevole.
Soffre tanto della presenza di cliché, una caratterizzazione dei personaggi molto povera, un tentativo di shipping forse tra i peggiori del genere e un finale abbastanza terribile.
Detto questo, per me Fidanzati dell'Inverno è indubbiamente un titolo molto interessante, l'ambientazione tra le più brillanti e vivide di sempre, un gioco di illusioni continue sorretto da una
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF'd on page 185/491.

Thank you so much to Text Publishing Australia for sending a copy of this to me! Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. The first chapter was so promising, with so much atmosphere and it had it's own distinct, magical vibe that made me think I was going to love this book! However, as I kept reading, I kept encountering more and more problems. For example, on page 49, "A nanny pushed a pram while blushing at the admiring whistles of workmen up scaffolding." Ughhhhh why
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Gabry
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Divorato ed A M A T O.
Sebbene questo libro sia di 500 pagine non mi è risultato per nulla pesante. È scorrevole e lo stile è perfetto per me: descrittivo ma non pesante.
Ho amato questo nuovo mondo, Anima, Città-Cielo, Chiardiluna, molto diversi fra loro, bizzarri, eppure meravigliosi, ognuno con costumi e tradizioni e famiglie differenti. Ho adorato proprio le famiglie ed i vari poteri che ereditano! Si va dal poter leggere gli oggetti e la loro storia a poter provocare dolore col solo pensier
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
4.25 Stars.
I really enjoyed this YA debut novel by French author Christelle Dabos. It has won numerous awards in Europe so it was no surprise that it has recently finally been translated into English. I don't read many translated books and was excited to give this one a go! I have read some wonderful reviews about the French version. I wanted to see what sort of atmosphere it had. It did not disappoint!

In a unique universe, the world has been smashed up into different "arks". Ophelia is a young
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Sophia.
If you read a lot of Y.A. literature, this book will seem vaguely familiar to you. That’s because it just borrows a bunch of ideas from the most popular books out there. Harry Potter, Shadow and Bone (for a clueless girl thrown into a royal court), Vampire Diaries, too (Ambassador Archibald is a carbon copy of Adrian Ivashkov, or more accurately, a less charismatic version of him), and so many more I can’t be bothered to remember. The whole story is just a washed-out copy of those books.

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Giada Ventieri
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un fantasy incantevole, che mi ha rubato il cuore e che è entrato a far parte dei miei libri preferiti di sempre. Leggetelo! 💙 Vi racconto la mia esperienza di lettura qui: https://youtu.be/GnJQNP6vfqc
prettybooks
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
17/20

On découvre avec ce roman un univers à part entière, complètement envoutant et dépaysant. J’ai été transportée avec Ophélie dans ce monde unique et ce fut une lecture incroyable. Quelques longueurs ont fait que ce n’est pas un coup de coeur mais ce n’en est pas loin. J’ai rarement lu un livre aussi original et parfaitement maitrisé par son auteur.

Ma chronique : https://myprettybooks.wordpress.com/2...
Chantal
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cécile
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rien de tel que de commencer l'année avec un coup de coeur.
J'ai tout aimé dans ce livre...
- Le monde original, unique, magique avec ses différentes arches, ses différentes familles, ses différents pouvoirs
- Les personnages, riches, intéressants, différents, avec tous leurs qualités et défauts. Si certains sont détestables, la majorité ne sont ni noir, ni blanc, même les personnages principaux, et c'est ce qui les rend encore plus vrais, encore plus justes, encore plus réels et attachants.
Ophé
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Yasmine
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Premier livre de l'année et aussi premier coup de coeur !

Ce n'est pas très étonnant, en grande amatrice d'univers fantastiques, que Les Fiancés de L'hiver m'ait plu, mais là, j'ai vraiment été subjuguée, et j'avais bien du mal à lâcher le livre (toujours un bon signe, quand je lis un livre dans savoir m'arrêter).

L'univers est incroyablement riche, et pourtant j'ai l'impression que ce premier tome n'aura qu'effleuré la surface, et qu'il reste une foule de choses à découvrir par la suite... J'ai
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Nomadic Reader
Vi è mai capitato di conoscere una persona che tutti i vostri amici reputano divertentissima, simpaticissima, intelligentissima, ma di cui voi non riuscite proprio a capire il fascino? Quel genere di ragazzo di cui tutta la scuola è innamorata, ma che a voi pare banalotto e anche un po’ superficiale? Ecco, questo è ciò che ho provato io leggendo questo libro.
Fidanzati dell’inverno ha riscosso un grande successo in Italia e all’estero, è stato acclamato anche dai recensori più severi e la sua pu
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Long ago, a cataclysm shattered the world into many floating celestial islands. These Arks, have each developed in distinct ways, possessing its own unique relationship to time. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, Ophelia hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the pow
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Marine
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quel plaisir de découvrir ce livre pendant la période qui s'y prête le plus.

On découvre une jeune fille ophelie, maladroite, vivant dans ce nouveau monde fait de bribes suspendus dans le ciel, elle est liseuse, elle lit les objets en les touchant, et elle tient donc le musée familial. Elle apprends qu'elle est fiancé à un total inconnu nommé Thorn, celui ci vivant dans un monde très loin du sien et surtout à l'opposé des valeurs d'ophelie, elle va devoir le suivre et s'adapter à un monde rude,
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Savasandir
Non si può giudicare un'intera saga avendo letto solo il primo libro, quindi, sulla trama, per il momento non mi sbilancio. Però posso dire che ho trovato l'ambientazione fenomenale: l'idea delle Arche, zolle di una Terra esplosa che fluttuano fra le nuvole, ognuna con una propria famiglia e con le proprie peculiarità magiche è davvero una genialata; probabilmente il periodo storico di riferimento è la Belle Époque, dico probabilmente perché, a livello descrittivo, l'ho trovato un po' carente e ...more
Marine
Honnêtement, je ne saurais pas dire si ce bouquin mérite un 4 ou un 5, le 5 représentant la perfection et la perfection ne pouvant pas dépasser toute la frustration qui m'assaille à la fin du récit. Cette saga est tellement prometteuse. Elle est française, qui plus est, c'est un fait assez rare pour être précisé parce qu'on est capable, preuve en est ce livre, de faire aussi de très belles choses en matière de littérature fantastique. Le personnage d'Ophélie m'a tout de suite plu, fausse invisib ...more
Giulia (_perfa.addictedtobooks)
Grande NO! Fidanzati dell'Inverno è appena stato portato in Italia e da quando è uscito in libreria se ne parla in continuazione. Tutti sembravano adorarlo ed ho provato a leggerlo anche io. Lasciatemi dire che è stata una delusione enorme.
I personaggi non mi sono piaciuti per niente, la protagonista è carina ma è davvero troppo imbranata. Io posso capire voler rappresentare una ragazza comune un po' impacciata, ma qui sfioriamo davvero la labirintite. Il resto dei personaggi è come se non esist
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Léa
Plus je pense à ce livre et plus mon coup de coeur s'accentue pour lui.
Je suis tombée sous le charme de l'univers unique imaginé par Christelle Dabos. Ce monde brisé composé d'arches aux univers si différents, ces personnages aux pouvoirs tous plus surprenant les uns que les autres, cette héroïne attachante et son fiancé plus qu'intriguant, ne pouvaient que me plaire ! J'ai découvert un monde inconnu où chaque élément me surprenait et me ravissait (cela m'a fait penser à l'univers de Miyazaki).
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Lulai
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 étoiles pour moi.
Soyons honnêtes, l'univers de ce livre est incroyable. Il est magique et sombre en même temps. J'ai aimé la mythologie que l'auteur a su créer.
Cependant je n'ai jamais vu une intrigue aussi lente de ma vie. Il ne se passe pas énormément de choses et vu les éloges que ce livre reçoit je m'attendais à m'en prendre plein la vue.
Je lirai qd même le deux car nombreux m'ont dit qu'il était bien meilleur que le un. On verra donc
Giorgia
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, finalmente un fantasy che dopo tanto tempo riesce a conquistarmi! Ho trovato vincente il world building sin da subito, anche se ciò va un po’ a scapito dei personaggi, che non sono caratterizzati perfettamente: Ofelia a tratti è davvero insopportabile con la sua goffaggine assurda, e Thorn risulta essere in alcuni passaggi un po’ una macchietta. Ma la storia è accattivante, avvincente e nulla è come sembra: giochi di potere, intrighi di corte e tanto altro, un romanzo davvero degno di nota. ...more
Tatiana
Don't get the logic of comparing this book to N.K. Jemisin's in the blurb. To me, the style was more reminiscent of Inkheart.

Not my thing.

P.S. Sampling and abandoning is great! Everyone should do more of it, IMO.
Rowizyx

Sono rimasta piacevolmente colpita da questo fantasy per l'originalità e la buona costruzione dell'ambientazione, finalmente qualcosa che si libera dei soliti canoni e propone qualcosa di diverso. Mi piace anche molto come in qualche modo si ribaltino tanti cliché del genere e del romance: un matrimonio combinato malgrado l'opinione degli sposi di ambienti (se non mondi) diversi è una trama già vista e rivista, eppure in questo caso ho apprezzato la protagonista femminile, che corrisponde a tant
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Irene△⃒⃘➰
4.5/5
Even if the story is nothing too elaborated I loved every single page of this book!! Loved the characters, the world is absolutely amazing and dynamics too!! I can’t wait to have the next one is my hands, unfortunately it hasn’t been translated yet😭
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
DNF at page 113!

I'm not having much luck with my reading recently, A Winter's Promise was disappointing for me personally as I had high hopes for a new, popular fantasy read. I know this is translated from the original French but the writing itself felt quite info-dumpy. I really struggled to visualise the worlds and characters which as a visual reader/writer, was an issue. The part that ultimately made me decide to DNF was a remark made about the main character's weight. This was said in a way
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
Holy hell this book has some of the most unique worldbuilding I’ve seen for bloody ages - it’s like Howl’s Moving Castle x Pride & Prejudice x Versailles under the guise of a somewhat-historical-feeling steampunk fantasy - and it’s fascinating.

Full review to come!!

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- Buddy read with lovely Jasmin! -
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