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A winter's promise. #1 / Christelle Dabos ; translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle.

Dabos, Christelle, 1980- (author.). Serle, Hildegarde, (translator.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Frazee LINK Site Y DAB (Text) 33500012784401 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y DAB (Text) 33500012784393 Main On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1609454839
  • ISBN: 9781609454838
  • Physical Description: 491 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Translation by Hildegarde Serle. Original title: La Passe-Miroir. Livre 1. Les fiancés de l'hiver. Translation copyright ©2018 by Europa Editions"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
"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 fiancé 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"--

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 August #1
    Promised in marriage to Thorn, Ophelia and her maiden aunt Rosaline travel to Citaceleste, capital city of the Pole Ark, one of the postcataclysmic, self-governing floating worlds (arks) where this story is set. There she encounters threats, intrigue, and abuse at the hands of her puzzling fiancé, his violent family, and a society seemingly based on illusions and deceit. Families residing on arks are under the control of a godlike "ancestor" and have shared skills; for instance, the Dragons are capable of inflicting bodily harm with their minds, Mirages can create and sustain illusions so strong you can live in them, and Readers, like Ophelia, can glean the history of certain things by touching them. Ophelia's story is initially compelling, but her quiet acceptance of her mistreatment may wear on some readers. She is, nevertheless, a clever heroine who begins emerging from her shell toward the novel's hopeful end. This French best-seller, the first in Dabos' immersive Mirror Visitor quartet, holds as much appeal for adult fantasy readers as for teens. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Since graduating in French from Oxford University, Hildegarde Serle has worked in London as a newspaper subeditor, mainly on The Independent and The Sunday Telegraph. In 2011, she decided to combine her love of both English and French by doing the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation. Although she still lives in London, her heart still lives on the Quai aux Fleurs in Paris.

Subject: Mirrors > Fiction.
Conspiracy > Fiction.
Arranged marriage > Fiction.
Marvelous, The > Fiction.
Arranged marriage > Fiction.
Marvelous, The > Fiction.
Mirrors > Fiction.
Arranged marriage.
Marvelous, The.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Science fiction.
Fantasy fiction.

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