Midwinterblood -Marcus Sedgwick
Midwinterblood is a cleverly constructed and deliciously dark read. Using reverse chronology it begins in June 2073, on remote Blessed Island, where journalist Eric Seven has travelled to research a story on the islanders who are rumoured to live forever. Divided into seven sections, we hear of seven different stories over the ages right back to Time Unknown. The link in each story is Eric, in various incarnations, and his connection with a girl called Merle who seems to elude him over the centuries.
I was quickly drawn into this tense, atmospheric tale told in stark, simple prose. There are echoes of The Wicker Man with suspicious islanders and the outsider, Eric, but he isn’t really an outsider and as you read on, you discover his link with the island. Love, reincarnation, mortality, sacrifice, family ties, fate, symbolism, nature – there’s a lot of food for thought here all wrapped in a gloriously gothic style.
This is a story you will want to read again as soon as you have turned the final page. A Young Adult read which will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.