We have a winner!
I don’t usually write about books I don’t like, friends. Let me just be clear about that up front. I do like this one, but it’s not likely to make you love humanity more, especially not if you’ve ever been a single woman with friends and family who are trying to marry you off.
Here we have a young woman, Ophelia, who is happily running a museum on her home ark, a sort of sky island. She’s single and fine with that, even though her family has been trying to line up a husband for her. Apparently, she doesn’t have much choice in the matter, though, because one day it’s announced she’s being sent to the Pole with an unpleasant man who is disliked by much of the ark population there. Oh, and they’re leaving right away. Well, yay!
This one’s a long sucker – 490 pages in the English translation I read. Apparently, it’s been hugely popular in France and will eventually be a four book series. It’s gloomy, vicious, and dark, but if you like that kind of thing, you’ll like this. The characters are interesting, and while the world-building was a little much for me at points, I suspect I had less patience for it than others might, because I spend so much of my time reading middle grade and teen novels. It’s meaty, but in a nice winter beef stew way. So, pull out your crock pot and get reading, people.
A Winter’s Promise (Book 1 of The Mirror Visitor) by Christelle Dabos, translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle