Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Due from Indigo (Orion) 6th October 2011.

What would you sacrifice for someone you’ve loved forever?

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life?

In a novel comprising seven short stories each of them influenced by a moon – flower moon, harvest moon, hunter’s moon, blood moon – and travelling from 2073 back in time to the dark of the moon and the days of Viking saga, this is the story of Eric and Merle who have loved and lost one another and who have been searching for each other ever since.  In the different stories the two appear as lovers, mother and son, brother and sister, artist and child as they come close to finding each other before facing the ultimate sacrifice.  Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story, but it also has the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touch with plenty of blood-spilling, a vampire and a sacrifice.

Here’s what Georgia thought of the book:

At first, I thought there was a mistake in this book – I was in the middle of reading about a reporter who goes to an island called Blessed, then suddenly it switched to a middle ages story!

Eric and Merle, in the first story, recognise each other from six past lives, and the book begins…

It keeps the same characters, Eric and Merle and in each of the seven stories, the two characters are close together; either as husband and wife, father and daughter or they have just met.

As you get further into the book itself, each makes more sense than the last story.

This book has such a unique and special twist, because I have never ever read a book like Midwinterblood! personally. I think that there should be lots more books with the same style as this one… keep on writing, Marcus Sedgwick!



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