A Winter’s Promise
Book 1 of The Mirror Visitor Quartet
by Christelle Dabos & translated by Hildegarde Serle
Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services | Europa Editions
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Format: ARC from Edelweiss
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Quiet-spoken Ophelia would rather spend her time working in the museum before an arranged marriage brings her out of her comfortable environment to the cold winters of Citaceleste. Ophelia soon finds out that Citaceleste is much more dangerous due to her fiancé’s influence and finds herself in the midst of a political game.
This book is marketed as gaslight fiction (which I had to look up). The world is well envisioned no matter where Ophelia travels to. Based on the history of the book, the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands, also known as arks, where each island has their own unique power. The overall tone of the book left me with a dreary impression as I have no clue what is going to happen or who to trust.
Ophelia is a character I can relate to (minus the exciting events and amazing powers she has). We were not able to see much of her abilities as there are strict rules to her using her abilities. While she stays strong and manages to defy all the initial expectations held against her. Ophelia is always swept along the flow during her stay at Citaceleste without a moment to think for herself as she does not know who to trust in this foreign dangerous cold ark. These events do not give her a lot of character progression, but help build her conviction of being a pawn in the political game she was thrusted in.
There is not a bounty of characters to like since most of them are quite deplorable. The characters that I want to root for I’m not sure if I should as I do not know their true agenda. I can empathize with Ophelia, but I would like to see more of her in action. I find that Ophelia does stay true to character from when we first meet her to when the book ends. I do want to learn more of her fiancé though as we only learn tidbits about him through the eyes of others. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Ophelia.
Read in September 2018