30. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Literary Fiction, Teen Books

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, 272 pages, read by Courtney, on 05/31/2013

Midwinter Blood is one of the most unique and intriguing books I’ve read in a really long time. There are seven stories. The first takes place in the future, in 2073. The final story takes place before recorded time. Tying the stories together is a remote island that grows a singular orchid species and is inhabited by a community that exhibits some very curious traits. Each story takes place in a different times, but the stories intertwine in fascinating ways.
I’ve never really read a book quite like Midwinter Blood. It’s dark and mysterious. It’s grim and magical. It reads quickly but feels epic, even though the pages number less than 300. Few can tell a story the way Marcus Sedgwick does. Even fewer could pull something like this off. This won’t be a book for everyone, but that’s part of what draws me to it. Those who are looking for something that’s more than a little off the beaten path will be richly rewarded with Sedgwick’s sublime offering.

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