Thursday, March 7, 2013

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

The always on-top-of-things Librarian M is back today with a book from an author that she's quite fond of.

Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

That cover is pretty boring, right? Let’s take a look at the painting that inspired this book:

That is Swedish painter Carl Larsson’s Midvinterblot. It depicts the sacrifice of a king by a community in order to bring an end to three years of famine.

Sedgwick’s book is a collection of seven stories that have a number of recurring themes and references, including the painting Midvinterblot. The main connection uniting the stories is a pair of souls that manifest themselves in different bodies throughout the ages and always have some sort of connection to each other.

The stories all take place on the same island and begin in the year 2073 and work backwards until “time unknown.” Some are creepy, some are sad, and some are horrifying, but they are all totally engaging and engrossing. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself flipping back to earlier stories to work out how they all fit together.

Anyone looking for a unique experience with YA literature should check this title out ASAP.

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