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

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Excellent world-building, but fantasy saga starts slow.

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Too much sex
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The world building in a winter's promise is excellent, but this book is just the beginning of the story so there is no resolution at the end. Ophelia is placed in a very difficult circumstance where it's difficult to know who to trust. She resists manipulation and overall stays true to herself. It will be interesting to see how her character and the plot develop through the rest of the series. Because it is a work in translation some of the vocabulary will be challenging for middle schoolers.

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No reader wants the main character of a novel to be too much of a "punching bag," and the protagonist of this epic, intricate fantasy novel narrowly escapes being a passive downer. Abuse is heaped upon Ophelia for much of the first half of A Winter's Promise, but author Christelle Dabos eventually has the young woman find the fortitude she needs to assert her own agency. It is, however, a long journey of emotional development, and sometimes the plotting feels repetitive. A best-seller in France, A Winter's Promise is the first volume of a quartet, so perhaps later installments will move at a faster pace. This book is not for everyone but will likely resonate strongly with the right audience.

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