A Winter's Promise.

Author:McCorquodale, Pallas Gates
Position:Book review

Christelle Dabos and Hildegarde Serle (translator); A WINTER'S PROMISE; Europa Editions (Fiction: Fantasy) 19.95 ISBN: 9781609454838

Byline: Pallas Gates McCorquodale

A captivating fantasy thriller rife with magic and intrigue, Christelle Dabos's A Winter's Promise is an exhilarating venture into a world of floating cities, illusions, and lies, where appearances and honeyed words mask a multitude of evils.

As a museum curator, Ophelia uses her gift as a "reader" to experience an object's history through touch. Danger lurks when a diplomatic marriage is arranged, tying her to Thorn, a surly northerner. As she struggles to understand her role as Thorn's fiancA[c]e, Ophelia begins to unravel a terrifying secret beneath the glittering facade of her new home, where enemies and allies all wear false faces.

Translated from the original French by Hildegarde Serle, the book's language retains a lyrical cadence and international allure. Unique costumes and cultures emerge from the "arks," a series of mystically floating islands that formed long after the world broke apart. Each exists with its own exceptional brand of family magic, customs, and ruling ancestors. Ophelia's home, Anima, and...

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