I reluctantly picked up Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. It’s black and red cover with a looming dracula-like figure hiding a knife behind it’s back, did not really look like my kind of book. But I wanted to read something by Marcus Sedgwick as I had heard good things about him.
Midwinterblood turned out to be a “don’t judge a book by its cover” job. I was enthralled by the writing and the wonderfully eerie, gothic nature of the story.
This is a romance between Eric and Merle that spans several centuries and several lives.
It is complete with vampires, magic orchids, vikings and, of course, a love that will not die.
My only disappointment was the shortness of some of the chapters. Just as I was getting lost in the time period and engaging with the characters…we moved onto the next period of time. Mesmerising, unforgettable and bloody brilliant.
For mature teen readers, but more likely to appeal to Young Adults who appreciate great writing and unusual concepts.
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 blood moon – this is the story of Eric and Merle whose souls have been searching for each other since their untimely parting.