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Sedgwick, Marcus

What would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever? Tragically separated in life, Eric and Merle's souls have searched to be reunited through ten centuries, but can their love last?

Paperback, Book. English. Paranormal romance stories. Young adult fiction. General. Fiction 13+.
Published London: Indigo, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Marcus Sedgwick
ISBN: 1444003704, 1780620209, 9781444003703, 9781780620206
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: 2011.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 275 p. ; 20 cm.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5
Interest Level: MY
Points: 7
Quiz Number: 223978

Author note

Marcus Sedgwick is a full time author. His first novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase Award for the best debut children's novel of 2000. Since then his books have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Costa Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

Find his website at and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick.


Midwinterblood contains much that is riveting, strange and darkly enchanting. I read it in a single feverish sitting, late one evening, and drifted to sleep haunted by its vision of love and fate and history.
THE GUARDIAN||It is something of a clich? for a reviewer to claim he devoured a book in a single sitting, and I have to admit that is not the case here. I began "Midwinterblood" late one evening in bed, dreamed about it through the night and finished it early the next morning.
THE NEW YORK TIMES||The Time Traveler's Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory.
KIRKUS REVIEWS||This is a novel that demands to be read more than once because it is only at the conclusion of the seven interlinked episodic stories that the complexity of the novel's extraordinary story of doomed love becomes clear... Sedgwick is a fine writer and this hugely atmospheric and demanding book will satisfy adults too.
Sally Morris, THE DAILY MAIL

Back cover copy

'I will live seven times and I will look for you and love you in each life. Will you follow?'

In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a ritual sacrifice takes place.

It echoes 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. But can love last forever?

'Marcus Sedgwick is a true original; he writes with a spare, direct simplicity
all his own.'

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