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A Winter's Promise


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The first instalment in the bestselling French fantasy series The Mirror Visitor Quartet-winner of the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire.

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Christelle Dabos (Author)
Christelle Dabos was born on the C te d'Azur in 1980 and grew up in a home filled with classical music and games. Her love of fantasy began with the Harry Potter series and she is part of a new generation of young fantasy writers. A Winter's Promise, Book One in her debut series, The Mirror Visitor, won the Gallimard Jeunesse-RTL-Telerama First Novel Competition, as well as the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire and is an international success. She now lives in Belgium.


`Highly original and intricately imagined, this is world-building on an epic scale.' * Bookseller UK *
`Fantastic characters and superb world-building...this richly imagined, enthralling fantasy is packed with intrigue and is a perfect choice for readers of Philip Pullman. A cliffhanger at the end will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next instalment of this epic series.' * Readings *
`The Mirror Visitor stands on the same shelf as Harry Potter.' * Elle *
`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 born.' * Le Figaro *
`Christelle Dabos impresses in this first novel with the power of her imagination. The architect of a bewitching and complex world, she sustains it with a subtle sense of wonder and elegant, flowing language. From metaphor to metaphor, this addictive and charming novel is also a great coming-of-age story.' * Telerama *
`With surgical precision, Christelle Dabos has created a hybrid world between fantasy and the Belle Epoque.' * MadmoiZelle *
`Vibrant characters, inventive world-building, and a sophisticated plot.' * Publishers Weekly (Starred review) *
`Translated from the French, this international bestseller is world-building at its best. The unusual settings, original characters, dark intrigue, and fast-moving plot result in a book that leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next volume. It has great adult crossover as the characters and situations cross age levels.' * School Library Journal (Starred review) *
`Dabos weaves a story of politics and manipulation in which the stakes are heightened by the fantastical setting...[A WINTER'S PROMISE is] a compelling analysis of society and gives rise to many questions about human nature.' * ReadPlus *
`Rife with politics and magic, this immersive read introduces readers to a new richly imagined fantasy epic.' * Readings Best YA Books of 2018 *
'A Winter's Promise is the kind of book that you simply can't put down once you pick it up. Dabos has crafted something truly exquisite here - a story so rich and intricate, so full of magic and wonder that it draws you in and spellbinds you immediately.' * CBCA Reading Time *
`Phenomenal fantasy...sumptuous.' Best Kids' * NZ Listener, Books of 2018 *
`Refreshing and intriguingly immersive.' * Adelaide Advertiser *
`Endlessly fascinating and addictive.' * Chicago Review of Books, Best Fantasy Books 2018 *
'A smash hit in the French-speaking world-and now we're lucky enough to have the first book available in English.' * The Spinoff, Best Kids' Books 2018 *
`This fabulous newcomer to YA fantasy will appeal to all action-packed and often surprising story.' * Herald Sun *
`Entertaining and quite left-field imaginative touches...provide light relief at a number of high tension moments...The first volume [of the series] is intriguing and inventive enough to keep us expectant-even mildly impatient.' * Magpies *

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