Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick. McMillan publishing, grade 7 and up.
After reading a rather horrible Teen Romance, I finally got to a book handed Months ago for me to review. It took about one hour to read, but it was fascinating. It is only 262 pages but it spans several hundred years. The story is told in eight vignettes. It starts in the year 2073 and travels backwards in time until the tenth century, then back to 2073. This is not so much a love story, though it involves the never ending love between two people, as much as a really good fireside horror tale that ends in blood. There is no happy ending, but it is a really good tale. As each short story unfolds going further and further back in time, the mystery of Blessed Isle is explored further. The bits of history interspersed within each short story is wonderful and the characters are terrific. There is something for everyone, a vampire story, a war story, witches, blood sacrifice, a ghost story, a creepy painting, loves lost and found. I am not going to give away the plot because I want you to be as surprised as I was. Interesting fact, the book is sort of based on a real painting “Midwinter Sacrifice” by Carl Larsson which can be found in the National Museet, Stockholm.
Due to the adult themes this is not a book for younger readers. And it is in the best traditions of the genre a horror story, so expect death and betrayal, and plots in the dark when you read it. This is an award wining book and I enjoyed it. Check it out in the Winston school library after the break.
Author’s website: http://www.marcussedgwick.com/
Link to the picture mentioned in the book: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carl_Larsson_-_Midwinter’s_Sacrifice_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg