Synopsis: 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 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.
200words (or less) review: The story is begins in 2073 when Eric Seven travels to a small island to investigate the healing powers of a flower. From there the book goes back in time, seven different stories all linked together over hundreds of years.
Each story is special, some are much darker but all revolve around Merle and Eric. Sometimes they are strangers, sometimes friends or siblings but in each story they have a special bond. My personal favourite was The Painter but I also really liked The Airman.
What I love about this book is the way everything works together. With each step further part in time there is something that fits into a story you’ve already read. Marcus Sedgwick just has a way with words. It’s hard to explain why but once you start reading you don’t want to stop, yet the pacing is never anxious or hurried.
Midwinterblood is very different from the books I’ve read this year. It’s a stunning, beautifully written story about two people who are soul mates and try to find each other.