Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Posted May 1, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 23 Comments

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.

23 responses to “Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

  1. Still haven't read one by him, so need to, especially with The Ghosts of Heaven (although I don't think I'd start one of his with that because I'll probably be confused, haha) but probably will start with this. 🙂

  2. I tried the Ghosts of Heaven book and didn't like it but I agree, his writing style is amazing, or rather beautiful.
    Great honest review!

  3. OMG THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. I absolutely adored the way Sedgwick wrote The Ghosts of Heaven and how thought-provoking it was, so I'm glad that you found this to be just as good. And the Scandinavian / historical aspect to it since I'm part Norwegian myself. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

  4. I've been wanting to give Sedgwick another go ever since I read Ghosts of Heaven had had really mixed feelings about it. Sounds really interesting!

    Nice review, Lauren <33

  5. Oh this one has been really high on my wishlist. One of my friends won't stop talking about it. Now I'm really curious about all that multiple stories mix. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review 🙂

  6. I've never read a Sedgwick before either. And while I love anything that breaks the typical literature mould, I think he's more of an acquired taste. I love books that come full circle though, it always feels like you've read something poignant that has the potential to change your life. Seeing you enjoyed it though Lauren, I'll have to check it out. Wonderful review hun <3

  7. I'm curious to know if this is a compilation of short narratives or if this is an actual plot line that holds a painter, a ghost, a vampire and a viking all one take! Because if it does, wow! That would be awesome! I have to admit though, that I do tend to get quite frustrated with short stories that leave a lot to be desired :/

    Claudia @ My Soul Called Life

  8. I wanted to read this and got distracted with other books – this is a great reminder to dig my copy out. Your review has me really curious to give it a try!

  9. This is an author I've heard a lot of good things about but haven't read yet. I'm not really sure if I'll like his style or not.

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