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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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Latest reviews

  • “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
  • “Author Dabos’s darkly enchanting debut, a French bestseller, employs vibrant characters, inventive worldbuilding, and a sophisticated plot that will dazzle readers.”
    — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review), Jul 6 2018
  • “Dabos has managed the rarely seen triad of complex worldbuilding, nuanced character development, and enthralling plot, even making it look easy.”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Jun 24 2018


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