Lose yourself in the fantastic world of the arks and in the company of unforgettable characters in this French runaway hit.
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.
“Fantasy fantastique!”—The Times (Best YA Books of the Year)
“An out-of-this-world, tugs-at-all-heart-strings, grips-you-at-every-page piece of writing.”—Stylist Magazine
“A Winter’s Promise is a beautifully structured system of mirrors, reflecting in its glittering facets many other books.”—The TLS
“A Winter’s Promise is at once fantastical, disturbing, and dangerously addictive...”—Marion Rankine, author of Brolliology
“A steampunk Pride and Prejudice.”—Matthew Skelton, author of Endymion Spring
“[S]trange and compelling.”—The Guardian
“A glowing example of the rare thing that is the YA novel in translation.”—The Irish Times
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, and every book in the series has proved to be a runaway bestseller. A Winter’s Promise was shortlisted for Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize in 2019.