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Blogging at Nocturnal Book Reviews since May 2011 about steampunk, urban fantasy, historical & paranormal fiction, contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi & erotica.


Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick Really weird book. I don't know what to think of it or if I liked it.

It starts in 2073 and grabs your attention in a manner of The Wicker Man - a lone journalist on a weird little island full of happy childless people. He is investigating a strange orchid rumoured to be sold on the black market and used to gain immortality.

But the story is split into several time periods going back ten centuries and concentrating on two souls which keep reincarnating and keep dieing tragically without a proper reunion and happy ending.

It's tantalising but not meaty enough, foggy, mysterious and dark story, but I couldn't quite like it despite author's compelling writing because it doesn't offer us as readers fulfilment. There is no satisfaction in the end, and ultimately I felt cheated.

Read at your own risk.