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Midwinterblood [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Sedgwick
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Review

I loved this outstanding novel of love and sacrifice, which also has some fabulously 'Wicker Man' inspired moments" "The outstanding title of Orion's new teen/ crossover Indigo imprint: a devastating love story across the ages with Sedgwick gothic touches and brooding atmosphere. (Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER)

This is a powerful book, rich in emotion and skilfully narrated, and without doubt many people will read it more than once in order to enjoy more fully the intricate mix of ideas and symbols it contains. It is a tour de force, and a thoroughly good read. (THE BOOKBAG)

Another tour-de-force from Mr Sedgwick (BART'S BOOKSHELF)

This book made me laugh, this book made me cry, this book made me want to purchase Sedgwick's entire backlist and race through it all in a matter of hours. I want to tell people about this book and see their reaction when they turn the final page, I want to read it again and again and enjoy it like I did the first time I read it. Honestly, this is a breathtaking book about sacrifice, identity and, most of all, love. Please read this book, it will leave your jaw on the floor, I promise. (WRITING FROM THE TUB)

Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice. (LOVEREADING)

It is not often you read a book and want to go round hitting people over the head with it and saying READ THIS. And I'm sure it won't be necessary for me to do that as I think lots of people are going to read and fall in love with this book without me having to hit them. But that is just how I feel about this book - it is an epic, mythic amazing love story from a master craftsman (BOOKS, BONNETS AND FULL FRONTAL BLOGGING)

Marcus Sedgewick is a master craftsman, carefully building up the layers of tension like the layers of oil paint on the painting that inspired him, until you are captivated by this gripping story. Each section has its own unique voice, be it futuristic, spy thriller or Gothic vampire, chilling you to the bone and giving you goosebumps. Fans of Sedgewick will not be disappointed and this will certainly win over new followers. (DANDELIONGIRL01)

A fast and enjoyable read (SFX)

beautiful, haunting and unlike anything else I've read.. the novel as a whole is like an orchestral suite, with different movements all sharing a key theme and a set of motifs which flow through the whole... Sedgwick's prose is relatively sparse yet beautifully lyrical. (THOUGHTS FROM THE HEARTHFIRE)

Midwinterblood contains much that is riveting, strange and darkly enchanting. I read it in a single feverish sitting, late one evening, and drifted to sleep haunted by its vision of love and fate and history. (Anthony McGowan THE GUARDIAN)

Midwinterblood is an amazing tale of seven individual stories that all come together to form a narrative of love and loss. The way the stories come together is incredible and I can assure you that reading it will make you lose hours of your evening! (READARAPTOR)

The shorter stories are written beautifully. The descriptive writing leaves a lasting impression as you follow the characters from life to life. The book has the writer's trademark gothic feel which is very powerful, but the ultimate drive is love and sacrifice - both of which leave many heart wrenching moments. Compelling to read, dripping with emotion and truly enjoyable... It did not disappoint me in any way, another big thumbs up (MR RIPLEY'S ENCHANTED BOOKS)

Midwinterblood is everything I have come to expect from a Marcus Sedgwick book. It's creepy, clever and keeps with you long after you finish reading it. Oh and you need to read every page before the whole thing finally clicks into place and fully makes sense. (THE OVERFLOWING LIBRARY)

Eric and Merle are the real lifeblood of Midwinterblood: they transcend traditional definitions of love and in the process transcend death. Marcus Sedgwick has written a breathtaking love story with Midwinterblood that further cements him as one of the most talented authors writing for young adults today. An exquisitely executed read. (ALTERNATIVE MAGAZINE ONLINE)

Midwinterblood is a novel that transcends genre and breaks pretty much all the rules. I can't help but think only Marcus Sedgwick could pull this off. This is a superb novel... There is a beauty in Sedgwick's language. It is economic and subtle and dare I say it, absolute perfection... Really this is the type of book that teenagers deserve to read: intelligent, compelling and thought-provoking. Yes, I am quite the fan. (THE BOOKETTE)

Prize-winning Marcus Sedgwick's gift for powerful storytelling is at its very best in this emotionally charged, no holds barred novel... Eric's story leads easily into stories set at other times on this idyllic place which hides a dark and bloody heart. Unfolding the cleverly crafted and interwoven layers to their dramatic conclusion is a spell binding delight. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING)

This darkened romance with an outstanding twist is brutal in its attack on your emotions and senses and I cherished every page. I want to read all of Marcus Sedgwick back catalogue as soon as I can after reading this one book. I can't believe I haven't started reading his work sooner because it's brilliant. The writing is like a song that haunts you mind for days to come and even with the dark overtones and gothic like style there is light and hopefulness in the telling. (SISTER SPOOKY)

The distinctive dark edge and clever craftsmanship that characterises Marcus Sedgwick's work is used to great effect here but the book also has a warmth that lights up the characters and pulses through the pages, sailing the reader forward. Midwinterblood exemplifies all that it is exciting about Young Adult fiction: the exploration of life's big concepts parcelled up in a pacey page turning story delivered without a spare word. (Tamara McFarlane WE LOVE THIS BOOK)

I wasn't sure what to expect with Midwinterblood, but I certainly had no idea that I would love this book so much. Beautifully composed in seven parts, traveling backwards in time to the origin of Eric and Merle's tragic story, Midwinterblood is a reverse-palimpsest of sorts - wholly unexpected, haunting, and utterly memorable. I loved it. (Thea BOOKSMUGGLERS)

Midwinterblood is a very short book, a quick read (seriously, I devoured it within 2 hours) but one that packs quite the punch. From the beginning it brims with tension and one can't help but to be engulfed by a suffocating sense of Impending Doom (making it a perfect Halloween read) but more than that, it is a story with heart and it's full of sadness and sweetness and beauty. I loved it. (Ana BOOKSMUGGLERS)

Ingeniously working backwards from a futuristic sacrifice to its root cause, seven linked stories tell a tale of intrigue, power and resolution in a plot that goes from something like The Wicker Man to an ending the great Alan Garner might be proud of. Sedgwick has written fine teenage novels in the past, but this must be his best yet." (Nicholas Tucker THE INDEPENDENT)

This is a profound and engrossing work, which takes us from modern worldwide communications and relationships to atavistic tribalism. It should appeal to any discriminating reader aged 14 and over. (BOOKS FOR KEEPS)

Sedgwick is a past master at evoking sinister undercurrents that flow beneath apparently tranquil and harmonious beauty, and he has excelled himself here. (NEW WELSH REVIEW BLOG)

Book Description

What would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever - told in seven parts and spanning ten centuries, a cleverly constructed, beautifully crafted love story with elements of thriller and the supernatural.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's (6 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QE3JEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy 9 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Midwinterblood is everything I have come to expect from a Marcus Sedgwick book. It's creepy, clever and keeps with you long after you finish reading it. Oh and you need to read every page before the whole thing finally clicks into place and fully makes sense.

The book is told in sections, each section going back in time from the one before it. I found this way of story telling to be really unusual and a clever way of telling a story. Getting the little snippets throughout time meant you started to get an overview and started to see a pattern of the story as a whole.

There is a main story that runs through the whole book which you start to find more and more out about as the story unfolds itself as you delve deeper into the history of the downright sinister island where it is set.

It's hard to say exactly what this book is about without giving too much away about the plot line. Needless to say the story itself twists in turns in way I never saw coming and the storyline is so interesting that it kept me reading page after page. It plays with the ideas of past lives and what a person is willing to sacrifice for someone they love.

Another awesome offering which encompasses everything I have come to expect from a Marcus Sedgwick and well worth a look.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 7 Oct 2011
By D. Pearce VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I read this to my daughter at bedtime over a period of about 5 weeks and was surprised with how quickly she engaged with this novel. The story of Erik and Merle and their seven lives is a novel that plays with the usual order of narrative by reversing it. Little coincidences, explanations, clues and new questions are spread throughout the book. Although we meet the two protagonists as lovers (?) in the first section, the following sections have them as mother and child, artist and muse and twins among other relationships. Marcus Sedgwick explores the many different types of love in a way that is truthful and accessible to young readers. When you first start reading this book you may find it difficult to follow, but please persevere. What you will discover is an elegaic and thought provoking book that works on many different levels. Congratulations to Marcus Sedgwick for not treating his audience with any patronising assumptions of what they can understand. He has written a book that says, 'I will give you clues but I won't give you all the answers and I won't even ask all the questions.' That is as refreshing as it is unusual and this book could become a phenomenon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A unique read but still only an okay one 20 Nov 2011
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It's 2073 and Eric Seven is a journalist visiting the remote Swedish island of Blessed to investigate claims that no one there ages and the local population do not have children. Initially welcomed by the community, he strikes up a friendship with a young local woman called Merle. Soon he becomes aware that there's more to the island than meets the eye and particularly its headman, Tor, but the more he drinks the strange tea given to him by the locals, the more he forgets his reason for coming ...

The events encountered by Eric Seven are part of a cycle started a thousand years earlier when a king and queen were cruelly ripped apart by the demands of their society. Eric and Merle are trapped in a pattern that will be repeated for eternity unless Eric and Merle can find a way of breaking it ...

Marcus Sedgewick's novel is an interesting experiment in cyclical story patterns and unusually for a children's book, features more adult characters than child characters. I liked the way that the narrative traverses such a wide period of time and there is no faulting the scope of the storytelling here or Sedgewick's inventiveness in using recurring motifs such as the strange tea that his characters drink, hares and of course the characters of Merle and Eric. I also liked the way in which Segewick incorporates real items, such as the Midwinterblood painting in the National Museum of Sweden.

The problem for me though is that this is a peculiarly slow story, made the more so because of the repetitiveness of certain elements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gothic love story like no other 9 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I've been told that Marcus Sedgwick is a bit of a Rock Star in person and if his books are anything to go by then I have no doubt in my mind that his rock status is safe. I'd been told many times just how great his writing is and it wasn't until this book came up on the UK Book Tours that I decided to dip my toe into this writers pool of work. The book goes over several generations, time periods from the future to distant past and lives but the setting remains the same, The Blessed Island. With touches of Lost in the strangeness of the paradise, the island holds secrets in its people and history that lingers over this story. Each short story jumps further and further back in time as we slowly piece together the mysteries of the island and the secrets within it that have touched each lifetime, how and why. Each tale is like a bubble of the past that you get to jump into and explore and Marcus Sedgwick makes the past come alive with the characters and his style of deliciously elegant writing.

I just loved this book because it appealed to the romantic and the supernatural mystery enthusiast in me. It's a love story that for use starts in 2073 as Eric and Merle have a bold attraction to each other that has a sense of danger and passion but for no clear cut reason as to why. It's intense and dramatic and as each phase ends at a high drama moment we are left reeling and clinging on further into the past to discover the truth in Eric and Merle as we meet them to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is such a great book! Beautifully structured and intricately told, i couldn't find fault! READ IT! :-)
Published 3 months ago by DR IAN SHARPE
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, kept me wanting to turn the page!
Midwinterblood is a mysterious book of many parts, but each contains a few tell tale characters or scenes! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Scandinavian Cloud Atlas for teens
The first thing I have to say about this book is that it's an extremely unusual premise and quite unlike anything I've ever read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Georgiana89
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly gripping and engaging
My catch-up on Marcus Sedgwick stuff continues and wow, this is different, wonderfully so. A superb read, immediately engaging you with a powerful and intriguing narrative voice. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew D Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling
Great read, interesting story. Kept teenager engaged for a few hours. Will be picking up further books by this author in the future.
Published 7 months ago by Kirsten
4.0 out of 5 stars Great exploration of love
A really complex book but beautifully written. Following two characters as they are reincarnated into different people through time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Non-stop Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars ummm...
So huge fans of the author...but.. ok, this is dark, and somewhat confusing. He explains his writing methods at the end, and there are lots of questions and things to ponder. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Serena
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, beautiful, memorable.
I hate Marcus Sedgewick.

As soon as I start thinking I have the ability and inclination to write a book myself, I then come across something like Midwinterblood, which... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Swordswench
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwinterblood
This book was recommended on a book club list. Not something I would normally read but I was very pleased with it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!
The first of the 8 that I desperately wanted to read was Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. Of all the books nominated this books seemed most up my street. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lydia Bales
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