Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood

Book - 2012
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In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a ritual sacrifice takes place. It echoes a moment ten centuries before, when, in the dark of the moon, a king was slain, tragically torn from his queen. Their souls search to be reunited, and as mother and son, artist and child, forbidden lovers, victims of a vampire they come close to finding what they've lost. But can love last forever?
Publisher: London, England :, Indigo,, 2012.
Edition: Paperback ed.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781780620206
Characteristics: 275 pages ;,21 cm.

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amandarobinson Oct 19, 2016

I loved this novel. It's a collection of 7 stories, but they're deeply connected. I wouldn't call it a collection of short stories, though. It *is* a novel. Beautiful and poetic writing, very creative concept and wonderful storytelling. While this book is categorized as a teen fiction book, I highly recommend it to adults, too! It combines historical fiction, horror, fantasy, and the paranormal in one wonderful book. A quick read, and the story will linger in your mind long after you're finished! One of my favourite reads this year.

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originofanna
Aug 07, 2016

This collection of short stories that are actually totally connected is so good. The writing is amazing and every story was unique enough that it was enjoyable but not so unique that I couldn't recognize the connections to the rest of the book.

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crmarshall
Jun 27, 2015

interesting story telling, but hard to really get into the characters

LPL_MollyW Mar 31, 2015

Midwinterblood is a series of interconnected short stories set on an isolated island that blends elements of historical fiction with fantasy and paranormal elements. With a somber tone, Sedgwick explores sacrifice, tragic love, the cost of immortality, and the imprecise nature of memory, leaving the reader wondering if time is cyclical, if fate is immutable, or if redemption is possible. Readers looking for a thought-provoking read laced with equal parts horror and beauty should not miss this Printz award winning novel.

forbesrachel Jan 25, 2015

Journalist Eric Sevens seeks to uncover the mystery of Blessed Island, but before he can come to understand what he's discovered...Thus begins a tale of two love-bound souls, reborn over and over again. Throughout Eric's and Merle's lifetimes, love comes in many forms, including one between a parent and child, lesbian lovers, and siblings. As the story progresses we travel further into the past, delving deeper into this island's dark secrets, as well as discovering all the connections between lifetimes. While trying to connect the dots is quite engaging, the significance of repeating names, lines, objects, and events often eludes us until the appropriate moment. Even with reoccurring elements, Midwinterblood never feels repetitious. Each story has a different tone binding us to that particular experience; we get the tale of a pilot from World War II, a ghost story, and the facts behind legends. As for the whole, there is a great deal of tragedy, but it never overwhelms thanks to the hope created by such a strong bond. The author's interesting approach to the themes blessing and sacrifice is also worth noting. Over such a large swath of time, the island goes through many changes: language morphs, the spellings of names differ, and while new structures are built, the space retains its function throughout. Midwinterblood is singular in the variety of its storytelling, beautiful in its descriptive language, and deeply satisfying in its interconnected tale of eternal love.

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Nov 14, 2014

This one won the Printz so it isn't exactly flying under the radar, but it definitely deserved the award. These seven stories are creepy and strange and come together in a wonderful way.

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tapelibrary
Feb 27, 2014

It was okay, but I really question the marketing of it to teens. Not because of content but because of the characters and situations. It just didn't seem like YA to me.

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BarbLB
Feb 10, 2014

Pay close attention as you read this novel. There are so many threads to connect, you will be sorry when you get to the end if you didn't! This Printz winner is beautifully written, moves along at a fast pace and has characters you immediately care about, even though you are introduced to them quickly in each of seven short segments that take place on the same island, but years and even centuries apart. It is all tied up in the end, but not so neatly that it doesn't leave you thinking....Worth a re-read to take it all in.

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librarygirl_6
Jan 09, 2014

a good read with seven linking stories; fantasy with mystery.

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seaigoto16
Nov 11, 2013

Very good book i would recommend this to fantasy/ romance lovers the love story at the end is very sad but touching.

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Jun 27, 2015

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Nov 11, 2013

seaigoto16 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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originofanna
Aug 07, 2016

So, it is

JCLChrisK Jun 08, 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midvinterblot

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crmarshall
Jun 27, 2015

seven different stories in seven different time periods. of seven different love stories/tragedies

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