Book review: A Winter’s Promise is full of worldbuilding

Today I am telling you about a much-loved fantasy series, The Mirror Visitor Quartet. It has sold millions of copies around the world thanks to the dexterity with which the author presents us with unseen magic. The series of which the first book, A Winter’s Promise, is from consists of four books.

They all focus on the same young woman, Ophelia, and the journeys she makes taking the reader with her. Both she and we discover new worlds, different ways of life and different ideas.

They all share one thing in common, they all hide the same secret somewhere in their lands. A primordial one, dating back to when the earth was still one.

This book series is fascinating because of its strong fantasy flavour. There is no trace of our normal everyday life. Houses have a soul of their own, deities are capricious and you are, at all times, surrounded by more than you can see.

These books take us between reality and metaphysics, in search of an answer that can provide meaning to the whole story. The world has been broken, broken into many small floating islands and no one, or almost no one, can say why.


“Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. 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. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.”

In the first book, we get to know the protagonist’s homeland ‘Anima’ and face an unwanted engagement and a new land of courts and gossip.

She will have to fight with all her might to find a place in that unknown climate and her partner does not seem to want to help her in any way.

Would I recommend it?

A Winter’s Promise, it is very interesting as it presents us with fresh and eclectic characters with crazy cleverness.

It also gives you little glimpses of that well-hidden secret and you find yourself wanting to know, as much as Ophelia does.

Of the whole series, my favourite is the second book, precisely because once we get to know the characters, we can really deepen and understand them, in their own way. Moreover, there the writer mixes the fantasy world with a touch of mystery that does nothing but fascinate me.
It’s a series that confused me, captivated me, kept me on my toes and which I devoured in a week and a half.

I don’t think it’s a book series for everyone, you have to really like the fantasy genre and you have to appreciate the descriptions of new worlds. But yes, if you fall into this category, I would recommend it with an open heart.

I don’t agree with the ending, but if you want to know why, all you have to do is read it.

Enjoy and be careful not to get swallowed up by this vortex of magic.

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