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Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this isa tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.

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 novelall take place on the remote Scandinavian isl...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2011)
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Wendy Darling
Why are readers drawn to horror? Read our Q & A with Marcus Sedgwick, the Printz honor author of Midwinterblood. Plus win a finished copy of this fantastic book!

4.5 stars Blood-soaked nightmares. Of another time. Of another place. Of another life.

The unusual story of Midwinterblood begins in the future, in the year 2073. A young journalist named Eric arrives on a remote island, where it is rumored that the people live forever. He is immediately drawn to a woman named Merle, but soon begins...more
Emily May


What a pleasant surprise this book was. It's the first one I've read by Marcus Sedgwick, I've been putting off reading his other works after hearing them repeatedly described as "weird". And I get that, this was extremely weird and the kind of book that makes very little sense until the end. But it was a great story, the writing was brilliant and I really liked the whole concept.

This is a very difficult review to write beyond using rather empty adjectives like "amazing" and "great", mostly beca...more
Megan (Book Brats)
I had not heard much about MIDWINTERBLOOD before I picked it up one day on a whim. I had heard good things from a few of my favorite bloggers, and I thought, “Why not?” It’s a story combining the past, the present, and the future, intricately linked in mysterious ways by an island with a very mysterious history. My first reaction was to think of CLOUD ATLAS, but the more I read this story, the more I found myself racing through the pages, I began to realize it was something else entirely.

REINCAR...more
Monica!
Well, my friends, I wasn’t thrilled with a couple of the other Printz nominees for 2014, and… I am not thrilled with the winner.

I know! I’m sorry! But I’ve felt for the past few years that Printz books—NOT ALL OF THEM OMG PLEASE DON’T ATTACK ME—but that the majority of the Printz books have started to fall into a certain dreaded category.

You know the category I’m talking about, right?

Books that I liked okay, and that I can appreciate for their literary merit, and that are enjoyed by a bunch of a...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Midwinterblood is everything I have come to expect from a Marcus Sedgwick book. It's creepy, clever and keeps with you long after you finish reading it. Oh and you need to read every page before the whole thing finally clicks into place and fully makes sense.

The book is told in sections, each section going back in time from the one before it. I found this way of story telling to be really unusual and a clever way of telling a story. Getting the little snippets throughout time meant you started t...more
TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Thea’s Take:

I have heard good things about Marcus Sedgwick, so when we were offered the chance to review Midwinterblood, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t sure what to expect with Midwinterblood, but I certainly had no idea that I would love this book so much. Beautifully composed in seven parts, traveling backwards in time to the origin of Eric and Merle’s tragic story, Midwinterblood is a reverse-palimpsest of sorts – wholly unexpected, haunting, and...more
Beth
After telling people all week that I don't understand how Newbery and Printz criteria actually lead to objectivity, I'm going to try to review this book objectively as an exercise.

1. Is there a plot arc? No. There is no plot. This is a character-focused work.

2. Is there a character arc? Surprisingly, no. (view spoiler)...more
Heidi
I love a book that resists being pinned down into one thing or another. Midwinterblood could have been a Salute Your Shorts post–it is a series of seven short stories after all. It could be categorized as science fiction, fantasy, or horror, futuristic or historical; it has elements of all these things. At the end of the day, Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood is a book that will defy easy categorization, but more than anything it is a love story–if only we can remember that love does not equate t...more
Valentina

I’ll be honest, when I picked this book up, I wasn’t expecting much from it. The cover made it look like just another in the long line of teen fiction (which it is definitely not), so I was reluctant to start reading it.



Whatever my expectations were, they disappeared within a few pages. Not only is this book not for teens, but it has a beauty of prose that really took me by complete surprise. The story arch is beautifully crafted. We come into the novel with no real idea of what’s going on. We...more
Jennifer
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the golden witch.
There's something so gorgeously unsettling about this book, yet I couldn't put it down. I just knew that I had to find out what happened at the end, through this journey across time, going backward with each short story linked therein. If you want something new, dark, and luminously beautiful with sensory imagery and language that will make your skin crawl, "Midwinterblood" is most definitely your book.

I think the largest issue I had with this book was its sparseness - it was both the best and t...more
Monica Edinger
From this blog review:

I’m a far-ranging reader, happily reading a picture book one minute and a book for adults the next. Professionally, being a 4th grade teacher and reviewer, not a librarian, I tend to read only YA that really intrigues me for one reason or another and I have to shamefully admit that until now what I’d heard about Marcus Sedgwick’s books — that they were dark and creepy — did not make me want to read them. But recently, I saw something interesting about his latest, Midwinterb...more
Ann
When I found out that this book was inspired by the Carl Larsson painting Midvinterblot, I chewed out my Printz book club for their failure to alert me to this very important information (since, of course, it was their responsibility :) ). I thought that maybe I loved it so much because I was familiar with the painting, but everyone else adored it too so it has appeal beyond the Scandinavian-obsessed. The stories in the book are individually interesting, but what makes it magical is finding the...more
Heather
I'm not...entirely sure what to feel about this book. I was definitely captivated. However as reading and after finishing it I go back and forth in-between utter fascination and complete indifference. I loved it...and yet I don't. I'm not sure how else to explain it. Strange little book...
Some more thoughts...I feel strangely disturbed or discombobulated after finishing it? Eh, I really don't know how to feel about this book and that's very unusual for me. I don't like this in between feeling. D...more
Elena
I read this for a book club, and the other book club attendees loved it. They loved it because it was new and different and fresh, because it compelled you to continue reading because you just had to know what was going on, and because it was beautifully written.

I concede all of the above points. It is new and different and fresh, it's beautifully written, and this isn't a book you can really bring yourself to DNF. But when I reached the end, my reaction was, "Huh. Well, that was...weird." I spe...more
Gill
Read this in one sitting. What a beautifully crafted book. Loved the interweaving stories - shades of Cloud Atlas, although the opening put me in mind of The Prisoner. Early on Sedgwick uses a line from Nick Drake's Pink Moon (unfortunately not acknowledged) and I had this song going through my head as I read.
Ofilia
This story is strangely fascinating and really gets your attention right away. There are actually seven different stories that are all tied together in the end. I love that Sedgwick doesn't spell it out for you and you really have to think on the stories to make the connections. It's definitely one of those books that would be great for a book group discussion. I seem to be reading a lot of titles that are considered young adult novels, but I feel they truly are not. This falls into that categor...more
Jean
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Amy Plum
So beautiful. So tragic. It's my favorite read of 2012.
Valentina
I’ll be honest, when I picked this book up, I wasn’t expecting much from it. The cover made it look like just another in the long line of teen fiction (which it is definitely not), so I was reluctant to start reading it.
Whatever my expectations were, they disappeared within a few pages. Not only is this book not for teens, but it has a beauty of prose that really took me by complete surprise. The story arch is beautifully crafted. We come into the novel with no real idea of what’s going on. We...more
Elizabeth La Lettrice
This is a great spooky/dark teen book that can be read in one sitting (if you can afford such a luxury). I don't know why but I've really been gravitating towards the dark fiction these days. Midwinterblood is a one complete novel but is told in varying short stories all of which take place on the same remote Scandinavian island, "Blessed", but in different time periods. The first story begins in 2073 and they gradually go backwards in time by centuries. Each story slowly reveals more and more o...more
Helen Hart
This was my first Marcus Sedgwick book, and I was keen to read `Midwinterblood' having heard good things of his previous works.

Seven inter-connected stories about recurring lives made for a good but not gripping read. It's surprising that this is marketed as a childrens' book because there didn't seem to be anything particularly relevant to attract the target audience. Apart from a few exceptions, the main characters were mostly adults doing adult things, and in my experience most good fiction f...more
Lottie Eve
Midwinterblood is a haunting and unsettling book. This book made me feel out of place, even in my own house. It made me feel as if I could open the front door of my house and find a hare sitting on my doorway, staring at me. I know this sounds like I am over exaggerating how I feel about this book. I am not. Midwinterblood is extremely dark and creepy, and it is an unusual and original addition to the Young Adult genre.

Midwinterblood is a story about a love so strong that it slips through the cr...more
Stacie Dellmar
I read the book titled Midwinterblood written by Marcus Sedgwick. Let me start off saying this book is a bore. I mean truly, positively, no way around it, a total bore. This book draws a potential reader in with its mysterious title and enticing synopsis and after reading both these things, I was very excited to read it. I thought that this book would tell a story like the synopsis had so vividly described, that synopsis being a love story so passionate and powerful that it breaks the bonds of...more
Chris
Nearly ten years ago there was a morning I was feeling unwell, though I suspect it was the physical manifestation of emotional weariness and tapped energy reserves. I decided the best treatment was a bit of solitary spoiling, so I grabbed a book and went out for a relaxing brunch. The book I grabbed happened to be Marcus Sedgwick's The Dark Horse, and it cast a spell over me. Instead of an hour-long meal with a book for company, I spent four hours in that restaurant devouring the tale in one sit...more
Teresa
Midwinterblood is a cleverly constructed and deliciously dark read. Using reverse chronology it begins in June 2073, on remote Blessed Island, where journalist Eric Seven has travelled to research a story on the islanders who are rumoured to live forever. Divided into seven sections, we hear of seven different stories over the ages right back to Time Unknown. The link in each story is Eric, in various incarnations, and his connection with a girl called Merle who seems to elude him over the centu...more
Ela
3.5

"I will live seven times, and I will look for you and love you in each life... Will you follow?"

I feel the ending of this book let it down. I had been looking forward to reading it and most of the way through it was a solid four stars. The fairy tale style of the stories was great and it was definitely much better written than Fallen. However the ending failed to tie everything together. It just... happened.

I liked the idea of everything coming together in a full circle and the fact that lif...more
Courtney
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...more
Shazza Maddog
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Amy Rae
There's always an island. There's always a girl. There's always a moon.

As you might guess, I found myself thinking of Bioshock Infinite while reading this book. (Also The Wicker Man, but I suppose that's neither here nor there.) Booker and Elizabeth had it easy, in a way--the configurations of their relationship stayed fairly consistent across realities. For Eric and Merle in Midwinterblood, that isn't the case. Cycling back through seven lifetimes in which they find and lose each other, the boo...more
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea...more
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“If a life can be ruined in a single moment, a moment of betrayal, or violence, or ill luck, then why can a life not also be saved, be worth living, be made, by just a few pure moments of perfection?” 17 likes
“Eric Seven does not believe in love at first sight.

He corrects himself.

Even in that moment, the moment that it happens, he fees his journalist’s brain make a correction, rubbing out a long-held belief, writing a new one in its place.

He did not believe in love at first sight. He thinks he might do so now.”
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