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Author: Marcus Sedgwick Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780553397284
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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 an audiobook 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 Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale for the ages, expertly spun and completely satisfying.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A story that’s simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental is more than enough to hold readers’ attention, no matter their age.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Part love story, part mystery, part horror—this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folk tales. Its strange spell will capture you.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sedgwick’s prose is unadorned yet melancholic.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “Sedgwick’s prose is taut, careful, and chilling.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory…Haunting, sophisticated, and ultimately exquisite.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Reminiscent of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas…stark, suspenseful writing.”

    School Library Journal

  • “In this audio collection of seven stories, two characters act as the connecting fibers. Julian Rhind-Tutt strengthens those fibers with a stellar narration that exudes mystery and intrigue through meticulous pacing and selective emphasis. As each story takes the audience back further in time, Rhind-Tutt adjusts his dialect and tone to match the period, characters, and events. He simultaneously maintains consistency in the connecting narrative, which focuses on the return of the two souls, Merle and Eric, as well as recurring symbols like the hares, apples, and dragon flowers. The atmospheric music that signals each story shift adds suspense, but it’s the passion of Rhind-Tutt’s reading that makes this audiobook extraordinary—and one not to be missed by listeners of any age. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth
  • A 2014 Booklist Best Book in Fiction for Young Adult
  • Nominee for the 2013 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • Winner of the YALSA Alex Award for Young Adults
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013 for Children
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 for Teens

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About the Author

Marcus Sedgwick, born and raised in East Kent, England, is a widely admired, prizewinning author of fiction for young adults. He won the Branford Boase Award for his debut novel, Floodland, the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand Is Singing, and the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. His books have been short-listed for over thirty awards, including five times for the Carnegie Medal, twice for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and four times for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He teaches creative writing at the Arvon Foundation in England and at Ty Newydd in Wales. He divides his time between a village near Cambridge, England, and a house in the French Alps.

About the Narrator

Julian Rhind-Tutt is an actor and voice artist. His audiobook narrations have earned five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His film appearances include roles in The Madness of King George, The Saint, Les Misérables, Notting Hill, and Tomorrow Never Dies, while his television credits include Reckless, Dangerfield, and Richard II. His stage work includes Editing Process, The Way of the World, Catherine Howard, and as the Duke of York in The Madness of George III. He is also the recipient of the Carlton Hobbs Award from BBC Radio.