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A Winter's Promise: The Mirror Visitor Book 1 (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, 1)

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Most of all, where the story leaves us, more than being mad or upset by, I just simply don't understand from an authorial and creative standpoint.

It reminded me a lot of The Selection, and The Red Queen series in certain ways, but I really disliked those series, I don't really like books that deal with competing for a man's love. Es sorprendente porque siendo una novela muy young adult con sus clichés habituales, la autora consigue hacer que se nos olviden por lo bien envuelta que está su historia. Let me start by saying that my two parts won't be sole translations : first because translating bores me to death, and secondly because given the fact that Les Fiancés de l'hiver is a French book, I just don't see the point in rambling in English about it.The series isn’t perfect and if you want something to read that’s simple I wouldn’t recommend these books. This graceful but strong novel is perfect for those seeking a new fantasy series to capture their imaginations.

Relatedly, I thought the world-building qualities of the Mirror Visitor to be of its most novel feats, of the most fresh and excitable items to offer readers. Like no more politics from the pole or tension from Thorn and his family, now it's an entirely new world with half-ass characters and pointless mystery plots. Archibald, the architect, the mechanic, the servant that shows Ophelia the ropes, the Knight, Thorn's sister! There, in the company 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.

Soprattutto perchè non considera le opinioni di Ophelia, non l'ascolta mai veramente e non le dà gli strumenti per vincere la sua battaglia per la sopravvivenza. I expected an enchanting novel about people with the ability to read objects, their histories, and so on. Armed with her quiet bravery, her curiosity and listening skills, Ophelia is able to uncover the truth and a larger political purpose to her marriage is at play. I think we could have all lived happily, in a way, God, me and the others, if it weren't for that accursed book.

Ho apprezzato particolarmente le capacità descrittive dell’autrice, che rendono gli ambienti del romanzo molto vividi e colorati. Dabos has managed the rarely seen triad of complex worldbuilding, nuanced character development, and enthralling plot, even making it look easy. I'll admit, the first fifty or so pages were amazing, and I wished it had stayed on that track, because the second they got to Citaceleste, things were BAD. That is, her tendency to break down the singular installments into a fairly formal structuring worked really well for me.

Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. It makes for a rather treacherous world to maneuver through and its NOT terribly action oriented though there are plenty of backstabby events and horrid situations instead. The constant reminders that Thorn is so large and Ophelia so small and childlike felt uncomfortable to read.

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