The Missing of Clairdelune

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, for providing me with a complimentary ARC in exchange for my honest review! 

Because this series is being translated from French, I don't think this author is as well known and appreciated in America yet - as they definitely should be!!! A Winter's Promise took me a little bit to get into it, but by the end I was in love with this world Christelle Dabos has built, along with her characters - and that love only deepened with The Missing of Clairdelune; the author has not disappointed! 

The book picks up nearly right where The Mirror Visitor left off - Ophelia is on her way to see Farouk, the family spirit of those who live on the Pole (one of the "Arks" that the whole world has been split into, which can be traveled among via airship) - except she's been separated from her aunt/chaperone, and Aunt-in-law - and is 100% lost. From there, the stakes are invariably upped as Ophelia meets Farouk, is appointed a job in the Courts, and begins receiving threatening notes promising ruin unless Ophelia chooses to walk away from it all - which is nearly impossible for her to do. What's more, there have been disappearances from Clairdelune - supposedly the safest place to be on the entire Pole. 

I personally thought the mystery of it was fabulous, along with the development of the relationships and understanding between Ophelia and Berenilde, and Ophelia and Thorn. The pacing of the story felt a bit quicker than the first novel, but this wasn't a bad thing, it suited the way the plot was thickening and the progression of events in the courts. I felt the author did a beautiful job of pulling the reader (me) in, and I loved the mystery and intrigue thrown in. Overall I highly, highly recommend both the first book as well as this one!
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This was a great read, I really enjoyed it. I was excited to be able to read this book after enjoying the first one. I’m excited to read the next one!
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I've been trying to write this review for over a month, and I haven't been able to, because no review I could write could do this book series justice.

When I first requested the ARC of this book, I didn't realize it was Book 2 in The Mirror Visitor series. When I was approved, I quickly picked up the first book from the library, and devoured Book 1 and then Book 2 as quickly as I could. 

These books are magical. I read a review that fans of Harry Potter will love these books, and I think that is accurate. This series transports you to a different world filled with magic and mystery. Book 1 introduces you to the characters and this world of different "arks", fragments of the original Earth, floating islands that are led by the spirits of immortal beings. Book 2 takes you even deeper into the world and history of these arks, and we get to learn a bit of the backstory of how these arks came to be, as well as get to know the characters even deeper.

I loved the characters in this book, and their interactions with each other, especially Ophelia and Thorn and Aunt Rosaline, and even sometimes Berenilde. I found the "magical" powers of the characters to be fascinating - like Ophelia who can travel through mirrors and "read" objects, where she can see their history just by touching them, and Thorn who can store memories as well as cause pain to others with his mental "claws".

This series is branded as young adult, but I think pre-teens, teens, and adults of all ages will enjoy.

Do yourself a favor and pick up the first two books in this series as soon as you can and add them to the top of your TBR pile. I think you'll find yourself, just like me, anxiously awaiting the translation of Book 3 and the writing and translation of Book 4!
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Why Miss Dabos is not more famous internationally? These books are a rare hidden gem and is shame that it took this long to be translate.  The first book wasn’t my favorite read I must admit, the pace was slow and sometimes Ophelia frustrated so much and her slow almost turtle pace relationship with Thorn but the last act saved the book for me and I realized that the story as whole have potential and that I will continue with the series. But the world building,  the rare unique magic system, and the court drama behind scenes also made me not wanting to give up the first book.

That been said, I was static when I realized the second book was available netgalley for reading and I just request it without any kind of hesitation, hoping that I will click with it as soon as possible and let me tell you I did, this book doesn’t suffer the feared sophomore slump, is complete the opposite it sets in motion everything that I wish that could have happen in the first one.
The truth about the book and the reason why the God shattered the world are known and you finally have some sense of what the whole story would be about and it gives you some clues about the other mysteries are about. 

I can’t get into much detail because it would totally spoil the book and I mean it that the surprise and awe this book cause you can only be experience and not told but what can I tell you that stood out for me:

1.	Ophelia as character doesn’t disappoint though she’s a behind scene kinda of gal she’s a doer and though she’s put in the spotlight in this book, and she doesn’t disappoint. 
2.	Thorn, oh dear, what can I say, I adore him though his lack of emotions can be somewhat frustrating when he does show something, he knows how to shoot that arrow through you heart.
3.	Their relationship is still slow and is understandable because of their origin yet you can see that each one them are making progress and those little moments, which are to few for my taste, makes you all giddy.
4.	I also like Farouk, we get to know this immortal, revered by many but yet his incapability of holding a memory was a weird combination but don’t get me wrong I loved it. 

So, I must say that I loved visiting the Pole once again, I’m hooked with The Mirror Visitor Quartet Series and I can’t wait to read the following book which I know is already publish but in French so I will have to wait until it comes out in English or Spanish. 

This is a solid entry in the series and one that would make you fell in love with the series if you couldn’t because of the slow pace of the first one. 

Thanks to Europe Editions and netgalley for providing me a digital ARC in exchange of a honest review.
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I loved this book and I can't wait to read book 3 in the series. This author is quickly becoming a favorite.
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Picking up where the first book in the series ended, The Missing of Clairdelune is an excellent follow up to A Winter’s Promise. Part whodunit type of mystery with a lot development on both the character and world building front, The Missing of Clairdelune was an exciting story with enough twists and reveals to keep me on my toes. It was a thoroughly engrossing read, and at this point, I’m truly invested in this series.

The Missing of Clairdelune wasn’t a fast-paced kind of story, but overall, it was a good one. It was detail oriented, and dealt with complex issues—many of which had no easy solution. Around every corner there seemed to be something going wrong for someone, and there was more often than not a ripple-effect that reached even the main character, Ophelia. There were secrets, and some hard truths, which sometimes offered a different perspective on certain places and people. And for every question answered—or just hinted at—about the Rupture, the arks, the ancestral spirits, and Farouk’s obsession with his book, there were always more that were yet to be solved. By the end of the book, I still had more questions than answers.

I said it about A Winter’s Promise, and I think it applies here too: some of the best aspects about The Missing of Clairdelune is the characters. The whole cast is uniquely interesting, and the further development of both romantic and platonic relationships was remarkably well-done. Ophelia is such a fun character to read about. I liked her personality and quirks. The development to her character was also something to take note of, and I was also glad to see her asserting herself more as she figured out how to handle being Vice-Storyteller. Thorn was still kind of an enigma. For the most part the scenes where he and Ophelia interacted with one another were interesting, because they were very different characters. That being said, the direction his character went in was unexpected and very intriguing. Also among my favorite characters was Berenilde, Thorn’s aunt, and Rosaline, Ophelia’s aunt.

The setting was also interesting. Pole was an exceedingly dangerous place where alliances could turn at the drop of a coin, and the environment was constantly cold no matter the time of year. So, much of the book remained indoors where illusions were used as a substitute for the poor weather, which was primarily in Citaceleste where much of the story took place. It was all very cool. That being said, I was glad when the story eventually went outside of Citaceleste, because while it’s an intriguing place, I was also interested in seeing other parts of Pole.

Overall, The Missing of Clairdelune is the best book I’ve read so far this year. Plus, given the way the story ended, I’m very interested in what’s in-store for the characters in the next book in the series….
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The Mission is Clairdelune by Christelle Dabos 
 4 stars


With the second installment of the Mirror Visitor quartet, I was once again immersed in the fantastical world Christelle Dabos has created and her captivating descriptions. While well-written characters are important to every story, I am particularly fond of world-building and how this can help motivate a storyline. Dabos did this well in the first one when she described the differences between the Arks, but The Missing of Clairdelune delves even farther into the icy Pole and the characters that live there. She describes bookshelves that "[form] corridors as wide as roads" and "rows of tomes, which were three times [Ophelia's] height" (Loc 5914).


Ophelia adventure continues with an increasing number of threats, characters, schemes, and her ever-confusing fiance. After the first book, I wasn't sure how I felt about Thorn and Ophelia's relationship, but now I am all in and eagerly awaiting the next installment to hear where they end up. This book has become my go-to book recommendation for friends, coworkers, and complete strangers - and it will definitely be a series to reread again and again.
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I probably would have given The Missing of Clairdelune four stars if I had read it in a shorter amount of time. Because I was passively picking it up for over a month, I found it to be somewhat slow. It may just be that I had been reading it for so long that I lost interest at times. But I will say that if you have read and enjoyed the first book, A Winter's Promise, you are sure to enjoy this one as well. It's just definitely the type of book that you will want to read in a week or so. 

This English translation will be released in May. Thank you to Europa Editions for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a spellbinding sequel to the series. I don't think I could put into words how much I adored this book. I am ecstatic to read the next installment. Christelle Dabos' storytelling just swept me away.
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This sequel met all of my expectations and then some. I am absolutely looking forward to reading the third book in this series when it is translated to English.
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A Winter's Promise was one of those rare books that stood at the exact intersection of nostalgia and innovation. It had the feel of a 20th century classic of children's literature, but invested with the insight and maturity of more modern YA. I was beyond excited to get my hands on the second installment (of four) now that it’s been translated from the French, The Missing of Clairdelune. 
  
The "missing" of the title are various odious people snatched from the seemingly inviolable sanctuary of Clairdelune. They each have opposed various reforms aimed at greater inclusion and protection for the non-aristocrats—all except for one.
 
Ophelia has been getting letters, too. 
 
Yes, our plucky and klutzy heroine is in greater danger than ever before, now that she is openly participating in the Pole Court. Her engagement to Thorn, the sullen and meticulous head of the Treasury, makes her more of a target, not less, and her being a foreigner…well. In a place where courtiers hate their own families only slightly less than other families, someone with no family at all is as vulnerable as she is despised. She’s easy prey, to be sure, but all the other victims were taken from locked rooms and guarded suites. She’s not a threat and she’s not even a challenge. So why does the writer hate her enough to declare that “God doesn’t want you here”?

The letters claim to be speaking for God, but few people even recognize such an entity. If they think of higher powers at all, they think of the Familiar Spirits, massive immortals of great supernatural power. They might be the progenitors of their Arks, but their long years have wrung out any benevolence, leaving them capricious and obsessive. Each not only has a magical domain, but a peculiar range of interests from which they will not deviate. But whether consumed by astronomy or transmutation, they are united by their fascination with their Books and with their dim recollections of the cataclysm.

Farouk, the Pole spirit, has an amnesia so profound that he must rely on written records for even the most fundamental details: “your consort is Berenilde,” “you promised to protect Ophelia,” and so on. But it is another Book that consumes his intermittent attention, the Book each Familiar Spirit possesses but cannot read or understand. These Books are artifacts of the cataclysm, powerful somehow but written in an unreadable language. They are dreadfully important, but no one—not even the Familiar Spirits—know how or why. 

Ophelia might be able to “read” Farouk’s Book with her psychometry, but she becomes concerned about what she might find. The threats on her life may be in line with a wider, more insidious conspiracy that might span multiple Arks. Many powerful people are dead-set against exploration of the pre-cataclysmic past, whether that means investigating records or artifacts. Clearly there is something terrible hiding in the past, something that is related to the unknown God and to the “missing.” 
 
The interlocking mysteries and threats are carefully handled, never overwhelming the narrative and never dumbed down, either. Ophelia is both thoughtful and capable, and fortunately Dabos never pushes her to be anything other than what she is, namely, a shy archivist. She gets tongue-tied and is no real help in a fight, but she never gives up her curiosity and she learns to stand up for herself against even the worst bullies. I appreciate this kind of consistency, since it makes Dabos’s characters more real. Some of the supporting cast tend toward wackiness, much like in Alice in Wonderland, but the major characters (Ophelia, Thorn, Berenilde) keep that touch of surreality from overwhelming.

Ophelia and Thorn’s stilted, awkward relationship is now in its second book and, after almost a thousand pages, I can’t say I’m entirely thrilled with the speed at which it has progressed. It would, however, make an excellent anime, since the two are absolutely devoted to the idea of not talking to each other and instead letting little misunderstandings build up. (Actually, given the combination of incredible visuals, understated magic, and slightly wacky circumstances, this would make an excellent Miyazaki movie.)

The constant sense of menace is punctuated by moments of humor or wonder to keep it from becoming overwhelming, but the book still overall has a strong urgency that drives everything forward. It feels far shorter than its rather hefty 540 pages, although the middle portion of the book drags somewhat, as we are constantly distracted from the central mysteries—the Book, the missing persons—by other dramatic interludes. Burlesque owners, disgruntled family members, assassins, guards, and seemingly the whole and sundry of society pop in and out of Ophelia’s life, but very few provide the details necessary to keep the main mysteries moving. Ophelia also does little deduction of her own, and so the book is a bit overstuffed and underfocused as a single volume. 

However, the whole quartet seems to be one of those series that is really one large book, subdivided, rather than four individual installments. It’s unfortunate that these are released on an annual schedule, since it gives the impression that they’re much more distinct than they really are, and gives us time to forget. Really, this is more of a huge epic, Game of Thrones meets Alice in Wonderland, and now that there are two volumes out, there’s no better time to jump in.
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Having read and loved the world created in Christelle Dabos' first book of the quartet, A Winter's Promise, I was delighted to dive into The Missing of Clairdelune. This book is a strong sequel that also leaves room for growth moving into the back half of the series. Ophelia is a fantastic protagonist, who is the best kind of heroine - both bookish and brave. This book has love and adventure and fantasy. It's an import from France, and we're lucky to have this translation in English.
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I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

4.5 Stars. 

The Missing of the Clairdelune is book two in the Mirror Visitor quartet. The series is being translated into English from the original French. This is a fantasy series about a woman called Ophelia. In book one she is forced into an arranged marriage, on a completely different world, with a man called Thorn. At first one might think this book is a set up for a trope filled ride but nothing could be further from the truth. 

The world created here is fascinating. The idea that the Earth has “Ruptured” into hundreds of pieces or Arcs is very interesting and original. Ophelia has to go from her world Anima... kinda like our Earth but with more of a Victorian feel, to Pole which feels like a cold, turmoil filled Russia. In Pole the constant backstabbing and political intrigue makes it hard to believe you can trust anyone. In book two we continue Ophelia's journey in trying to survive and find her place in this world. Then she receives some threatening news and people start dying. 

The mystery is great. I kept speculating who was the murderer and was wrong so many times. The last 20% of this book I flew through, which caught me by surprise because I normally find the book slow most of the time. The pacing is slow but still totally enjoyable. 

The characters are ones that I can't help but love. Ophelia is strong in this quiet way. People tend to think she is harmless but they are completely wrong. She has to learn to be tougher in this novel and I love her character growth. Thorn is so fascinating in a way he's like every other stoic brooding hero you read but there are these tiny glimpses of more that drive the reader to want to know more. He's like Spock, you just keep waiting for him to drop that wall. I also love all the secondary characters like Archibald, Berenilde, Fox and more. 

My favorite part for the novels are the fragments. Where we learn just a little bit more about Farouk and the the other head spirits past lives before the Rupture. I kept wanting these parts to be longer but I understand why there weren't. Also the ending was so good! The cliffhanger has me dying for the next book which I will have to wait so long for, but will totally pick up the second it is published. This series is great for anyone who wants to read a truly unique fantasy novel. I'm so happy I did.
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A wonderful fantasy book with an amazing world building and a great cast of characters.
I'm sorry I didn't read the first book in this series because it could have helped to better understand this plot but it was a great read anyway.
Everything is great: the style of writing, the plot, the relationship between the characters.
I look forward to reading the other installment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Europa Editions and Netgalley for this ARC
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AS I WRITE these words I am sitting down to write my thoughts on a very special book I have just read. One that I could barely put down, and yes, I am in school... And I read this rather than doing my homework. And I will tell you why. 

**Readers' note:

The Missing of Clairedelune is no ordinary book. It has been animated, so that makes reading it very tricky. Unless one wants to read the traces and feelings, thoughts and emotions of the previous owners. I would advise you to read with readers gloves. Ah! I know it can be very tempting to read the book, without, the gloves. As I once was quite tempted to do. But one must be strong. After all, one needs permission to read. 

But you may not. IN fact I hope you do not need permission to read, The Missing of Clairedelune. 

After immersing myself in the world of Arks after the Rupture, the land of Anima, Ophelia's family and the wonders contained there. I found it very hard thinking that I wouldn't be able to meet Ophelia again for a while longer. I couldn't get this world out of my head. I sincerely think that A Winter's Promise, the first book in the Mirror Visitor series has become one of my favorite books. Its unending charm and unapologetic nerve, the way it spins a tale so dense and dark around you that you really have lost all thought to where you sit. Is absolutely enthralling! I cannot remember the last time I completely lost myself in an epic tale of this magnitude - and then found myself in Ophelia. 

In much the same way that she finds herself in these books. The Missing of Clairedelune which is yet to be released and will be published in April of this year. After leaving her family on Anima to marry Thorn, and is thrust into court life at the Pole, on an Ark where she has little friends and nearly no allies. She struggles in the limelight of the court setting, where gossip and frenzy follow her everywhere she goes, watching her every move. She is an outsider, and she does not even try to fit in. With her animated scarf as her familiar, her rectangle glasses, her blatant disregard for the ways things are done and her reader ways. She is odd and even odder than people expect. Ophelia surprises herself and everyone on the Pole when she does what they least expect her to do - she survives and begins to find her place, against all the odds. She has more spunk and voracity than even she knew. She finds herself standing up and reading stories to the ever forgetful Family Spirit, becoming Miss Vice Storyteller, and even to find herself noticing odd goings on about the Citaceleste. It's all pomp and circumstance in court, until the illusions wear away to reveal something altogether sinister. Ophelia is left to discover an ancient and hidden power on the Pole. When courtiers start to go missing, she and Thorn discover that they make a pretty unstoppable team. As they begin to piece together the missing pages of a book that was written oh so long ago.... 






A big thank you to Europa Publishers for letting me read an Advanced Reader Copy of this lovely book, it is indeed a treasure. 

**Readers note is written partially in the style and theme of the books of which I speak, I am by no means the author of this style or of these books. The author is Christelle Dabos, she is the creator the Mirror Visitor series.
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Dabos continues to expand the complexity and richness of the Mirror Visitor quarter with "The Missing of Clairdelune." Ophelia continues to have a quiet courage that is admirable. Her interactions with Thorn continue to delight. I really liked her interactions with Farouk, but I still find the overall mystery of the Poles confusing and obscure. I will continue to read the series, but I wonder if some things are lost in translation from the original.
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I read the first book in Christelle Dabos' Mirror Quartet last year and it immediately became one of my favorite books of the year. I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of the second book, The Missing of Clairdelune and dove into it immediately. I was not disappointed. The sequel to A Winter's Promise is even better than the first. While the first focused on world building and characterization, the second is more "action packed." We are already familiar with the characters of Thorn and Ophelia, yet we get a better understanding of the roles that they play and how their relationship is effected with the second book. It's hard to say more without getting lost in the details or giving away the plot, but suffice to say you should grab this book immediately. You will not be able to put it down, and like me, eagerly await the next installment.
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Spoilers for A Winter’s Promise.

Christelle Dabos’ The Missing of Clairdelune is the second installment to her The Mirror Visitor Quartet. Ophelia’s adventure continues in The Pole. Her and Thron are set to be married, so that Thorn can share Ophelia’s ability to read the history of objects. Finally revealed to the court and the politics that come with it, Ophelia requests from the Family Spirit, Farouk, a job. He assigns her to be the Vice-Storyteller, a job that will have her telling stories from Anima to him and other members of the court. Thrust deeper into court politics Ophelia finds that her fiance is the only one that she can truly trust. When people in the court hierarchy begin disappearing each has some kind of connect that leads back to Ophelia. She must find out what is happening to them before it’s too late. Even if it means disobeying Thorn’s orders.

 The Missing of Clairdelune is more fast paced than A Winter’s Promise. While it still has the political intrigue of it’s successor, it has so much more action in it. Something is always going on. Mostly because Ophelia is a strong headed character and refuses to listen to anyone when they tell her that something isn’t a good idea. For the most part I like this about her, but sometimes you just want to shake her because you know it’s a terrible idea for her to go off alone or decide to investigate something the Thorn specifically tells her not to stick her nose in. This is just a flaw in her character and who doesn’t like an author that actually gives their characters flaws?

 Dabos’ is consistent with her characters. Ophelia is clumsy as ever, but not to the point of being obnoxious. She does have points of being a klutz durning important things but Dabos uses it cleverly and it’s often hilarious because it’s relatable. For instance at one point she trips on the stairs going down off of a stage. Thorn is still telling Ophelia not to get involved in things and not draw attention to herself. He is still socially awkward and withdrawn. I love that she is able to be consistent with her characters. Often times authors will say that someone is clumsy or withdrawn but they lose their characteristics by the end of the book unless it’s convenient to the story progression.

 This novel is much better than the first. This may be because there is more action in this one because there isn’t as much world building that has to occur. I have some problems with how the novel ended because I’m not sure where the next two books are going to go, but I will be reading the third book when it is translated. It certainly does make me wish that I could read French so I wouldn’t have to wait!
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I received an arc from Netgalley. Thank you Europa, Christelle Dabos, and Netgalley for the privelage to read this book. This review is my honest review. 
Rating-5/5 Stars
The Missing of Clairdelune is the sequel to A Winter’s Promise, which one of my favorite books of 2018. This book, the sequel was one of my anticipated reads of 2019. And man, it did not disappoint. 
The novel picks right up from where A Winter’s Promise and there was a bit of a mystery in this novel, which kept me wondering a guessing on why people were going missing. Christelle Dabos writes a beautiful masterpiece. Her writing pulls me in and feels elegant and different from any fantasy novel I have ever read. I love her world building, the character development, and definitely her writing style. I cannot wait until the third book is translated into English and has a release date. I need more.
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The Missing of Clairedelune is the second book in a series. I wish I had read the first book because I think it would have made this book better. I still enjoyed it though. Ophelia is an awesome character. I like her a lot. Thorn is also likeable and engaging. The relationship between them is great and obviously going somewhere. The magic and mystery and description is beautiful. It's vivid and alive. I was a little confused with the religious elements of the story but not enough to make me like it much less. It's well written and lovely. I have to go back now and read Winter's Promise. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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