Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I Second That: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Katie takes a look at this year's Printz Award Winner: 

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

I have a book for you, Fellow Lovers of Cerebral Fantasy. (Is that a thing? Because it should be.)

Did you see the movie Cloud Atlas? Once upon a time the novel that movie is based on blew my mind. And reading Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood, winner of the Printz Award, was a similarly dazzling experience. This book is just so everything: so well-written, so well-constructed, so thoughtful, so wise, so utterly haunting.

I’m going to take a moment to ask you to not judge this one by its cover. I did myself a disservice by insisting on holding out for the paperback. The cover of the paperback version of Midwinterblood has the look of a paranormal romances and is covered with blurbs talking about how romantic it is. And that’s maybe true. But this isn’t a romance per se. Rather it is an exploration of love and sacrifice between two people--between Eric and Merle--throughout time.

Eric and Merle’s story unfolds in different eras of history and is essentially the book equivalent of one of those Russian dolls that you continue to open up and find another doll inside until you get to the very core of it. We first meet Eric and Merle on the mysterious island of Blessed in the late 21st century. We sense immediately that all is not quite as it should be, but the twists that are to come will still leave you gasping. As each story takes us further back in time--through archaeology digs and wars and ghost stories and Viking villages--clues to Eric and Merle’s connection are dropped into each tale. Meanwhile, the reader is taken on a journey of their own as to what it means to make sacrifices for another person and the longstanding bonds such an action can forge.

Seeing the author, Marcus Sedgwick, bring all the individual stories together into one cohesive book is a pleasure. It’s the sort of fantasy that will appeal to readers who love big ideas and epic themes, similar to the ones that Melina Marchetta explores in The Lumatere Chronicles.

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