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Christelle Dabos

Christelle Dabos was born on the Côte d’Azur in 1980 and grew up in a home filled with classical music and historical games. She now lives in Belgium. A Winter’s Promise, her debut novel, won the Gallimard Jeunesse-RTL-Télérama First Novel Competition in France, and was named a Best Book of the Year by critics and publications in the US, including Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Publishers Weekly, and Chicago Review of Books. A Winter’s Promise was also named the #1 Sci-Fi/Fantasy title of the year by the editors of the Amazon Book Review.

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  • “There’s a grand tradition of Francophone weird fiction...Dabos has blended that with a dash of dark academia; the result is elusive but ultimately rewarding.”

    —, Nov 17 2023
  • “Political intrigue gracefully pivots to fraught introspection and identity turmoil, and the inertia of over 500 pages is easily overcome by the continued thrill of treachery and momentum of answers finally revealed... A cataclysmic conclusion.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Oct 25 2021
  • “Dabos has created her own science, maths, art, cultures, peoples and ultimately her own logic. It takes a while to learn it, but once you do, things start to make an illogical sense.”
    — Quaere Living, Aug 12 2021
  • “Welcome to a darkly enchanting tale [ . . . ] Dabos’ second Mirror Visitor novel is a strong and suspenseful fantasy blockbuster which will appeal to both teenagers and adults.”
    — South China Morning Post, Nov 1 2020
  • “A complex, imaginative, somewhat steampunk version of the Baudelaire orphans’ adventures, as written for teens and adults.”
    — Booklist, Sep 23 2020
  • “Teen and adult readers alike will gobble it up and yearn for the next one.”
    — Booklist, Aug 9 2019
  • “Escalating stakes ratchet tension while a somewhat leisurely pace allows readers to savor Dabos’s spectacular settings, exquisitely rendered characters, and the ever-evolving relationships that bind them.”
    — Publishers Weekly, May 10 2019
  • There’s magic here, but the true magic is in the writing and translation.
    — Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association, May 6 2019
  • “The author continues her masterful architecture in this second installment as the arks, the family relationships, and the characters’ histories all gain greater depth and dimension.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Mar 24 2019
  • “From her disinterest in romantic attachment to her practical but fearless nature, Ophelia is able to grow as a character without betraying her values.”
    — Teen Readers Council, Jan 2 2019
  • “A Winter's Promise” is Amazon's pick for best science fiction and fantasy book of the year.
    — Amazon Book Review, Nov 8 2018
  • “Prepared to be dazzled by this thrilling debut novel from French author Christelle Dabos...”
    — The Buffalo News, Nov 8 2018
  • An interview with author of “A Winter's Promise,” Christelle Dabos.
    — Young Entertainment, Nov 7 2018
  • “...Dabos’s debut novel evokes both the whimsy and the deep-seated sense of justice of the Harry Potter series.”
    — The New York Times, Oct 26 2018
  • “... one that will leave readers with plenty of appetite for the next installment.”
    — The Wall Street Journal, Oct 11 2018
  • “Ophelia has this quiet strength. And I love her for it.”
    — Utopia State of Mind, Oct 1 2018
  • “...leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next volume.”
    — School Library Journal (Starred Review), Sep 12 2018
  • Christelle Dabos’s A Winter’s Promise is an exhilarating journey into an unknown world of magic and lies.
    — Foreword Reviews (Starred Review), Aug 18 2018
  • “This fall, Europa will make its first foray into the YA landscape with the publication of A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos, translated from the French by Hildegarde Serle.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jul 10 2018
  • “Set in the wild floating world of the Arks, this French bestseller centers on Ophelia, a girl gifted with the abilities to read objects and travel through mirrors.”
    — BNTeen Blog, Jul 6 2018


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