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March 17, 2014 - 11:04am -- shuber
Marcus Sedgwick
Seven linked vignettes 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. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013 A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013

Described by one reviewer as "a wonderful, beautiful and elegant story which is at the same time deeply unnerving."
Do not write this book off just because it has a paranormal angle. Sedgwick is an extremely gifted storyteller who will have you up most of the night reading.

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