Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

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It is...a cliché for a reviewer to claim he devoured a book in a single sitting...I began “Midwinterblood” late one evening in bed, dreamed about it through the night and finished it early the next morning.
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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. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured, this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story with the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touches of atmosphere, blood-spilling and sacrifice.
 

About Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION AWARD, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD, the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD. Marcus lives in Cambridge and has a teenage daughter, Alice.
 
Published October 6, 2011 by Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's). 272 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Children's Books, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Eoin Colfer on Feb 08 2013

It is...a cliché for a reviewer to claim he devoured a book in a single sitting...I began “Midwinterblood” late one evening in bed, dreamed about it through the night and finished it early the next morning.

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