I had downloaded this book some time ago on my e-reader – probably during a sale or with a gift card. When it comes to most of my reading selections, I don’t ever read the covers or even reviews. I go into reading most books totally blind. I might have them recommended to me by friends or family, but generally those folks know me well enough to know that I don’t like any kind of spoiler. My no prior knowledge approach to reading makes for an interesting reading experience – not always the most positive as I have picked my fair share of books that were not engaging – but every so often I stumble across a gem I might not have found otherwise.
Such is the case with Marcus Sedgwick’s MIDWINTERBLOOD. Originally published in 2011 but released in the States in 2014, MIDWINTERBLOOD won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2014 as well as being picked a Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. The book is written in a very unique style that took me awhile to figure out, but I was hooked pretty much from the first chapter. It is part fantasy and part myth. You might even say is both a short story and an epic – depending on how you perceive the story. Rich in detail, I could give away more, but that would deprive you of the chance to discover all the mysteries of this wonderful novel yourself.
In fact, the story is so rich and so steeped in recurring themes that I think it deserves a second reading so I can pick up all the finer nuances of Sedgwick’s skillful storytelling and character development.
I’m a total sucker for a mystery I cannot solve, for mythology of any kind and ephemeral writing that takes me to another place. MIDWINTERBLOOD does just that and is in my opinion definitely worth the read and a re-read to let it all soak in. I do not think you’d be disappointed.