Volume 1 of The Mirror Visitor Quartet
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Tear,” 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. Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl 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 powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot. An unforgettable heroine, a rich and bountiful universe, romance and inescapable intrigue, A Winter’s Promise will appeal equally to readers of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and the Harry Potter books.
“A fantastic epic, definitely, but also a coming-of-age novel, this first volume makes a strong impression. A novelist is born.”—Le Figaro
“Today, The Mirror Visitor stands on the same shelf as Harry Potter.”—Elle
“Readers’ passion for this series comes from the pleasure of walking up and down the world of the Arks, weightless floating islands that are ruled by family spirits and humans gifted with special powers.”—Le Monde
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.