The compelling second volume of the bestselling French fantasy series The Mirror Visitor Quartet – winner of the 2016 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire – Roman jeunesse francophone
Suddenly Ophelia finds herself thrust into the spotlight: promoted to vice-storyteller by Farouk, the ancestral Spirit of Pole, she must tell him a story every evening. Now that her powers are known to all, she is forced to reveal the nefarious plots that have been brewing beneath the golden rafters of Citaceleste and to throw herself into the political machinations of Pole. The only person she may be able to trust is Thorn, her enigmatic fiancé. Is there more to this man than she thought? As one after another influential courtier disappears, Ophelia again finds herself implicated in an investigation that will lead her to see beyond Pole’s many illusions to the heart of a formidable truth.
Dabos's follow-up to A Winter's Promise finds protagonist Ophelia a mirror-hopper who can divine objects' histories via touch still on an interplanetary shard called the Pole. She is awaiting her arranged marriage to Thorn, after which the couple will inherit each other's abilities. Thorn hopes that combining his phenomenal memory with Ophelia's gift will help him "read" an ancient, untranslatable book that has captured the interest of the Pole's ancestral spirit, Farouk, who has the power to revoke Thorn's bastard status and grant him nobility. Duplicitous aristocrats already consider Ophelia a threat, forcing her to join Farouk's court in exchange for protection, but the impending wedding triggers anonymous death threats demanding a breakup. Meanwhile, guests of the Pole's impenetrable embassy, Clairdelune, start vanishing, while mysterious flashbacks explore the genesis of Earth's planetary shards and their ruling immortal Spirits. 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. Ages 14 up.