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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  10,859 ratings  ·  2,203 reviews
Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens.

In a novel comprising seven parts, each influenced by a moon - the flower moon, the harvest moon, the hunter's moon, the
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by Indigo (first published October 1st 2011)
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Jennifer I'm reading it now. It definitely has a haunting and chilling feel to it, but I wouldn't call it horror, exactly. It's kind of Grimm's Fairy Tale scar…moreI'm reading it now. It definitely has a haunting and chilling feel to it, but I wouldn't call it horror, exactly. It's kind of Grimm's Fairy Tale scary, rather than Stephen King scary. Has a very folkloric feel about it.(less)
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Jessica I think it was from the war in the 3rd story, when the planes flew over the island and dropped their bombs 'to be lighter, so they could fly faster' b…moreI think it was from the war in the 3rd story, when the planes flew over the island and dropped their bombs 'to be lighter, so they could fly faster' but ending up killing Sarah, the daughter of the couple that was taking care of the injured airman. I figured it was from that. Just another way to connect the stories, without being as significant as some of the other connections.(less)

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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 t
Elle (ellexamines)
For some reason I considered giving this four stars, but honestly, why should I? I read Midwinterblood in one sitting, I still can't think of a single thing I didn't like, and it kind of changed my life. This deserves a full five and a place on my favorites list.

Marcus Sedgwick is such an odd writer. His books don't quite have a genre. Are they sci-fi? Are they magical realism? Are they suspense? Maybe. Partially. But those genre labels don't come close to describing his books. The only other b
Emily May
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, young-adult, 2011

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 b

This was a bit of an unusual YA novel, there was nothing really YA about it (except maybe the insta-love).
The premise and the mystery of sorts was quite engrossing until the actual 'reveal' at the end, which was a let down. The characters, the relationships, the worldbuilding and the ending weren't that great either.

-What's what: The seven lives of Eric, Merle and their so called love. Each reincarnation has a different short story of sorts and are all set on the mysterious Blessed isla
Vanessa J.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars

See this?

I changed my bio on my blog to include Marcus Sedgwick amongst my favourite authors. After reading The Ghosts of Heaven, White Crow and Midwinterblood, I finally realised he belongs there.

What is Midwinterblood? It's a story about two souls, told in seven parts. It starts in the year 2073 with the journalist Eric Seven arriving on the island Blessed, in which there are strange rumours about the people. When he gets there, he meets a beautiful woman called Merle and som
Neil (or bleed)
EDIT: I found a copy of Midwinterblood in Booksale.
But I can't find this cover/edition on Goodreads. Shame.

"To bless means to sacrifice, and in blood."

The first time I learned about Midwinterblood is when I've read a post about Printz-honor books of 2014. Midwinterblood is one of the short-listed. In the end, it won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award. But I didn't read the book at that time since I thought I will not enjoy this book. And that's one of the worst mistake I made in my life
2017 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.

This is a hard one to review. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this one before. It is a bit creepy. It all ties together as it jumps back, back, back. As your reading each part you know it’s related but not completely sure how until the end.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read

THIS WAS REALLY REALLY COOL! The story telling in this story is A+. I am an absolute sucker for novels with multiple story threads that eventually tie together!
Paige  Bookdragon

This book has a Viking, Vampires, Ghosts and very powerful orchid. Now don't knock this book down. If you haven't read any Marcus Sedgwick, then it's time you should.Midwinterblood is one of the weirdest book that I read.

Here's a tip: You have to finish the book.

Some people find it difficult to finish the book because it's weird. Well, poptarts are weird but still, you eat it because it's for your own good. Same with this book, all the weirdness connects and after the last page of the book
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chantal by: Vane
3.5 stars

I finished this book more than a week ago and I still don’t know how to review or rate it. How do you review a novel like this? The story is so much stranger and so different from other things I’ve read that it’s difficult to compare. What I do know though is that I really enjoyed it. It only took about a page before I was sucked into the story; the novel is very intriguing and once you start you won’t want to put it down.

I’m not going to tell you what Midwinterblood is about because I
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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)
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Just fantastic.

This is an utterly unique and fascinating story! I have never read anything like it and I think that is a small part of what made this absolutely fantastic to read!
This story follows 2 characters through 7 different stories in a descending timeline. It starts in 2073 with 2 characters, and you get to hear their lives all the way back to the 9th century. It's a story of love and mystery and reincarnation and it's absolutely beautiful.

I will admit, one of the things I l
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
Monica Edinger
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was COMPLETELY amazing and unforgettable - the kind of book that as soon as you finish it, you want to flip right back to the beginning and start again. please do yourself a favor and dont read any spoilers, any reviews, even so much as a blurb; just read this asap!!!
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oh, Ruby. You're synonym of love and awesomeness.

It shall be read and loved.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


3 years later...

Oh, Rayz. This is a book we should have read together; preferably back to back with The Ghosts of Heaven.
N.N. Light
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most original set of stories I've ever read. I seriously couldn't put it down.

My Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Mr. N
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
“Eirikr lies on the table, staring into the night sky, staring at the uncountable stars that are shining brightly down on him.

What lives, he thinks, are lived by the men up there?

What do they do?

What do they believe?

What do they see?

Do they see me?

He wonders about them all, all the many lives that have been, and that will be, and wonders why they are not all the same, why they are what they are. It cannot be, he thinks, that when our life is run, we are done. There must be more to man than that
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
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I loved it❤❤❤

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usagi ☆ミ
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
Books are TARDIS
This book definitely gets an A in out of the box story telling. Spooky and eerie from start till end. The book didn't go into scary territory at all, but definitely remained creepy.

Pros: I definitely raced through the middle of the story. The mystery aspect worked like a charm. The interlinking in the various stages of the story and the repetition of motifs like the hare are excellent touches. Also, this book has piqued my interest in viking lore. Also also, the book has similar vibes to The Fou
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, bookclub
"I will live seven times and I will look for you and love you in each life. Will you follow?”

I liked:
1. the backwards circular path of the story
2. the magical realism element
3. the dream-quality to the writing
I always struggle with short-stories as I feel that I don't have enough time to become invested in the characters and I had the same problem here. I really loved the viking/vampire story, and wouldn't mind reading a complete book about this.

The Story: Seven stories of passion and love separ
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, novels
Couldn't believe this novel is that good.. :) Whatever you read, all characters, their names, everything is as it should be.. Everything is in its own place.. Such a clever writer..
I really enjoyed it.
"Sometimes there are single moments, he thinks, where your path divides, your life can go one way, so very different from another. Work out well, rather than be a failure. And if you miss those chances, he thinks, well, is that it?”

This book is hauntingly beautiful, yet utterly strange. Seven stories woven into one, cleverly fused by recurrent motifs. With its central theme being cyclic existence, Midwinterblood is bound to make you think. What if there are people in your life with whom you
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-i-own, kindle
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The storytelling is amazing and the idea is unique. This is not your typical YA cliche love story. I read it so quickly and was never once bored. Beautiful writing. So much to think about.

I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. This is a story that will stay with me for a long it is.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great condensed (and more readable) Cloud Atlas kind of novel! Been in my to-read pile forever so glad that I finally got around to this, especially with Sedgwick's Blood Red Snow White in my ARC pile! ...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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