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I think the largest issue I had with this book was its sparseness - it was both the best and the most problematic issue of the book. While Sedgwick definitely has a way with sensory imagery and language, its sparseness both contributed to the mystique of this story, of all of the characters and how they tied into each other and the past(using the relationship web school of worldbuilding), and he can describe a whole lot in only a few words, I feel like he could have expanded upon some of that language, characters, and world just a teeny tiny bit more and still retain how gorgeously dark this book was.
However. The language itself was nothing short of dream-like - I plowed through the entire book in one (ONE) sitting. It definitely seduced me and it's a breath of fresh air in the YA genre, that's for damned sure. I was immediately sucked into Eric/Merle/Tor's worlds across time of how everything related to each other, and I couldn't get enough. The end was a bit abrupt, but for me, it worked quite a bit considering how Sedgwick crafted this book. There's a lot of weighted mood here, a lot of pain, but all of it is crafted into something absolutely stellar.Read more ›
Moreover, the love story that should tie it all together has no origin. There was no explanation of how they fell in love or what it was that they loved about each other; they simply were in love and this was taken for granted. This made the characters very difficult to relate to and made the story feel as though it was a flower simply appearing from nowhere and lacking roots or even a stem. This was possibly also due to the story almost always picking up near to the end of one of their lives, so that we saw many times how Eric and Merle were separated, but never understood how they came to be so connected.
Overall, while the writing is beautiful and the plot absorbing the characters and relationships which should anchor the story leave much to be desired.
But I never really connected with the characters who seem like archetypes. Merle didn’t seem like a real human being to me. The three main characters circle endlessly in various configurations throughout the seven vignettes–but I never felt I knew who any of them were on a deeper level. The secondary characters, especially various sets of parents and other family members, are muted and shadowy:
“Tor’s questions about his parents come back to him, and he realizes that it’s been many years since he thought about them. Almost as if they were dead. And though they’re not dead, they may as well be. He hasn’t seen them or spoken to them in years...”
What? Seems a little strange to me. And there’s no further explanation forthcoming.
I particularly didn’t understand “The Archaeologist” and how it fit with the others. Again, what happened to Eric’s father? Who is Edward, the narrator, in relationship to the greater story?
I struggle with whether to give this book three or four stars. The characters seem flat, the plot is a bit clunky, and the set up is farfetched at times–but as a puzzle and fairy tale, it works. Lucid and well-written, but I didn't resonate with it emotionally.
The book is split into seven parts and an Epilogue. Each part moves back in time through the ages until we reach the 10th Century and after that `time unknown'. Each age that we pass through also coincides with a particular phase of the moon - The Flower Moon, The Harvest Moon, The Hunters Moon and so on. This works really well, and after a couple of chapters you start to see a pattern, but you don't find out the full story until you've read the Epilogue.
Midwinterblood is the first novel by Marcus Sedgwick I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At the start of the book we are in the future, in 2073 and we learn about Eric Seven, the main character as he arrives on Blessed Island. Eric is a journalist and has come to find out more about the creepy, remote island and find out whether the rumours are true. On the island he meets Merle who has lived there all her life and Eric feels like he already knows her from somewhere. There is this instant attraction, but Eric doesn't believe in that love at first sight rubbish and doesn't understand why he has a desperate need to spent time with her.
Blessed Island was really creepy. For one, it is the only place in the world where a specific kind of orchid grows which has special powers. There are also no children on the island and the residents themselves are just so strange. Without giving the story away, I can't really tell you more than that.
With human sacrifices, vampires and vikings, Midwinterblood definitely had it's gory moments, but it also had me under it's spell and I would most certainly recommend this YA novel to all my readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really, really liked this book and zipped through it in a few days. The seven stories were intriguing, and I would classify this as a story and place driven book, not a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lara Dunning
Read on a recommendation. It did keep my attention but at times disjointed, and I really did not care for the ending.Published 6 months ago by Joy Hertzberg
I have read and analyzed thousands of international stories, from illuminated vellum to tawdry mass modern productions. They have inspired, humbled, challenged and soothed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by nurbie
Midwinterblood is a novel composed of seven short but well composed stories, each in a different genre sharing a story of timeless love. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Disjointed and boring. I started skimming at some point hoping it would improve. It didn't. The stories have no depth and leave a million things unexplained. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Samurrai
What a gripping set of stories, of lifetimes, of love that transcends. Told through a series of moons, the first moon had me captive and with each further moon, I became more... Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Johnson
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