Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Review by Lauren
Source: Library copy; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood?
Review: I have heard that Sedwick’s newest novel, The Ghosts of Heaven, intertwines multiple stories as well, so if you have read that book, you might not be too surprised by the style of Midwinterblood. This was the first book I have read by this author, and while I did not love it, it’s easy to see he’s a fantastic writer and someone I hope to read more from in the future. In my YA Literature Course this semester, we were assigned this book to read during our fantasy/mind-bending literature section. Midwinterblood is certainly mind-bending, but it also very much keeps you reading.
Eric starts and ends this story, or perhaps I should say he ends and starts this story. The book feels very much like a circle, going back in time and then leaving you at the end of the book and wishing you could read it again, but this time, from the end to the beginning. This book is very difficult to describe, especially because I do not want to give away too much for those of you interested. Basically, this book takes place on an island called Blessed and features a man named Eric and a girl named Merle. These three things are constant, though their names will change slightly with the times. This is a magical place where love transcends time and even death.
I am glad I had the chance to discover Sedgwick. I am curious to now read The Ghosts of Heaven, in hopes that I will enjoy the story even more. Midwinterblood is a curious novel, but it’s worth a try.