Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.
An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? From award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick comes a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love.
This book. THIS BOOK! Utterly brilliant, rare, and elegantly told. I was blown away by how the seven stories weave together and the passion of each one. At first, I was left wondering and guessing, and then there was a moment about three stories in when it clicked and I couldn’t put it down. Author Marcus Sedgwick strips away anything superfluous and writes with poise and command – everything is vivid and amazing. I will now read every one of his books.
Content note: Some mild violence.