Midwinterblood – A Review

Author: Margus Sedwick
Publisher: Indigo (imprint of Orion)
Publication Date: May 2012
ISBN: 978-1780620206
Pages: 262
Age Group: 12+

Amazon Summary
What would you sacrifice for someone you’ve loved forever – told in seven parts and spanning ten centuries, this is a cleverly constructed, beautifully crafted love story with elements of thriller and the supernatural. Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar even when you’ve never been there before, or felt that you’ve known someone even though you are meeting them for the first time? In a novel comprising seven short stories each of them influenced by a moon – flower moon, harvest moon, hunter’s moon, blood moon – and travelling from 2073 back in time to the dark of the moon and the days of Viking saga. 

This is the story of Eric and Merle who have loved and lost one another and who have been searching for each other ever since. In the different stories the two appear as lovers, mother and son, brother and sister, artist and child as they come close to finding each other before facing the ultimate sacrifice. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking paranormal romance, but it also has the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touch with plenty of blood-spilling, a vampire and sacrifice.

My Review
This book is told in a reverse chronological order. There are seven sections, each is named after a moon and tells a different part of the story over time. You start to see the theme and pattern in these sections so it works extremely well. The structure is easy to follow despite the plot being layered. Sedgwick manages to weave a complex story into a beautiful tale. 

The book is so interesting, it tells a story of an island with a deadly secret over many years. It’s a dashing and engaging novel.

This books revolves around a historical theme involving rebirth, timeless love and a dragon flower. I would highly recommend Midwinterblood.

Many thanks to Orion for the review book.

By Michelle Moloney King

Artist. Poetish.

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