Monday, May 6, 2019

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire


My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Seanan McGuire
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
ISBN-10: 1250195527
ISBN-13: 978-1250195524
Genre: Dark Fantasy

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Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained.

MiddlegameMiddlegame by Seanan McGuire

I can describe Middlegame in two words, SHELL SHOCKED, but I’m going to use so many more...

You ever pick up a book and after a while reading it you think that it is completely unfathomable how someone, aka the author, could come up with it. Understanding the inner makings of McGuire’s imagination completely BLEW ME AWAY after reading Middlegame.

I have to admit during the first 5% of the book, I was unsure I liked it because I felt utter confused.

Pushing on, I found there was a method to her imaginings. Everything I find as “dislike” in writing was in Middlegame, but in the end, I LOVED IT! There was jumping between point of views. There were characters time jumps; past, present and future. There was quotes from out of no where. But it ALL WORKED to make one mind numbingly complex, outrageously original and almost utterly explainable plot that BLEW ME AWAY! Just when you thought you got it, a curve ball would hit it right out of the park.

Serious mind-blowing writing and nothing like anything I’ve ever read before.

I received this ARC copy of Middlegame from Macmillan-Tor/Forge. This is my honest and voluntary review. Middlegame is set for publication May 7, 2019.

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