A Winter's Promise
#1 Bestseller in France
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...more
I have very conflicted thoughts about this book. The world building was interesting and so was the magic system but I had lots of issues with the book. For a matriarchal society seems pretty backward.
Girl who's not like other ones because... she has glasses!! She is send to a different part of the world where she will have to marry someone she doesn't want to.
Interesting world and magic system but not explained enough. It could be due to us seeing it all through the ...more
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 t ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
That was really interesting and a rather unusual fantasy book to what I usually read! Long ago there was a cataclysm called The Rupture and the world split its lands into celestial floating islands, known as Arks. Over each, the spirit of an immortal ancestor abides- they ere said to be the survivors of the rupture. Due to the Rupture, each Ark has strict rules regarding marriage and reproduction. In addition, each Ark is known for its own power- each one unique and different.
Ophelia is an ...more
Full review to come!!
- Buddy read with lovely Jasmin! - ...more
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 ...more
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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 po ...more
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😭
I can’t for the life of me keep reading this.
Ophelia’s clumsiness is beyond embarrassing, how on earth can you break three objects in less than one minute or fall while standing still? How has she survived for 16 years - or whatever her age is? Seriously, how. Plus, there's a scene where Ophelia says that she has not washed - for no valid reason - for a week and that she doesn't care. I can't even comment on this, how gross is that???
I don’t even know what to say about Thorn, he’s an ass ...more
It started out a 4 star, but ended up being up horrible.
I'll admit, the first fifty or so pages were amazing, and I wished it had stayed on that track, because the second they got to Citaceleste, things were BAD.
At first I really liked ophelia. I thought she was the right mix of smart and quirky and stubborn to make her akin to the protagonists of the middle grade books I used to read voraciously. The first fifty or so pages were similar to the Mysterious Bened ...more
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 ...more
I bought this book back in March when I was visiting my sister, I had been eyeing it for some time because of the cover and MY GOSH! I am so so happy that I had a go at it, because this was SUCH a lovely fantasy!! This is going straight to my favourites shelf. I will be reviewing this book on my Youtube soon!! :)
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The Bookseller UK
‘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.’
Margaret Rogerson, author of An Enchantment of Ravens
‘A fantastic epic, definitely, but also a coming-of-age novel, this first volume makes a strong impression. A novelist is ...more
Worldbuilding in Fantasy is a real tightrope walk, you have to create a complex world ...more
Well, I think you can tell by my rating that A Winter’s Promise just didn’t work for me. I had high hopes for this book, which is apparently a huge success in the author’s native country of France, and has just been translated into English and p ...more
The plot was so flimsy, I feel like nothing happened in the entire book. The world seemed so promising but also was sort of all over the place and Dabos did not give me enough information for me to be drawn into it.
The characters are alright but nothing to write home about, either. Ophelia, our MC, is the most timid and underwhelming main character I probably ever read about. She can “read” objec ...more
Imagine being tied up and having the best cake ever sitting in front of you but only being fed a spoonful once in a few hours. That's EXACTLY what it felt like reading this book.
Let's start on the positive note:
-I loved the idea of the magic system, I loved the differences between the arks and the fact that most of it was kind of misterious so that we had to pay attention in order to understand them
-Ophelia's great-uncle and her brother Hector were such nice characters, it made me so sad whe ...more
Ophelia is thrus ...more
This book was my first approval on Edelweiss which is why it has a special spot in my heart. I actually have a huge ARC TBR pile (which I mainly got from netgalley) and it pains me sometimes when I start reading an ARC and it doesn't hold my attention and I just have to force myself to read it. THAT'S ACTUALLY ONE OF THE WORST BOOKDRAGON FEELINGS EVER. I feel bad when I DNF a book but I can't help it somet ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this YA fantasy by Christelle Dabos. The English language version of the first book in the series only became available late last year. I picked it up because I liked the cover and it sounded interesting. I’m so glad I did.
The world-building is fabulous. The world has been smashed to pieces and now consists of a number of floating Arks. Each Ark seems to specialise in it’s own style of magic. Ophelia comes from Anima. She has the ability to read objects, understand ...more
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