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Prize-winning Marcus Sedgwick's gift for powerful storytelling is at its very best in this emotionally charged, no holds barred novel. When journalist Eric Seven arrives on Blessed Island with a mission to uncover a mystery he is immediately captivated by its breathtaking beauty. And by the beauty of Merle. Why does Eric feel he's met her before? And what are the secrets the islanders are keeping from him? Eric's story leads easily into stories set at other times on this idyllic place which hides a dark and bloody heart. Unfolding the cleverly crafted and interwoven layers to their dramatic conclusion is a spell binding delight.
The Lovereading comment:
Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice. 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. So, what would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever? Tragically separated in life, Eric and Merle's souls have searched to be reunited through ten centuries, but can their love last?
A Piece of Passion from the publisher:
"A story of devastating loss and a love that never falters. Midwinterblood is skillfully delivered, finely plotted and written with the assurance that comes from penning twelve acclaimed novels. From gothic to gruesome, from spy thriller to fairy tale, from angels to devels, Midwinterblood, both memorable and cleverly constructed, is Marcus Sedgwick’s best novel yet."
In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visiting journalist, Eric Seven, and a young local woman known as Merle are ritually slain. Their deaths echo 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. 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.
'I loved this outstanding novel of love and sacrifice, which also has some fabulously 'Wicker Man inspired moments The outstanding title of Orion 's new teen/ crossover Indigo imprint: a devastating love story across the ages with Sedgwick gothic touches and brooding atmosphere.' -- Fiona Noble, THE BOOKSELLER
'This is a powerful book, rich in emotion and skilfully narrated, and without doubt many people will read it more than once in order to enjoy more fully the intricate mix of ideas and symbols it contains. It is a tour de force, and a thoroughly good read.' THE BOOKBAG
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Publisher: Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||6th October 2011|
|Publisher:||Indigo Paperbacks an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Marcus was our Guest Editor in July 2010. Click here to see all his selections. Marcus began to write seriously in 1994, and his first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Witch Hill followed in 2001, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). In between came what Marcus calls “my big ...More About Marcus Sedgwick