A HUGO AWARD FINALIST!
WINNER OF THE LOCUS AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL, 2020!
New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in the standalone fantasy, Middlegame.
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.
A USA Today Bestseller, and named as one of Paste Magazine's 30 Best Fantasy Novels of the Decade!
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s more than an echo of Mary Shelley’s horror in this dark fairy tale from Seanan McGuire. Roger and Dodger are twins who were bred in a laboratory and separated at birth, and are now the human embodiment of “the living force that holds the universe together.” United, the siblings’ power is incredible, but their creator intends to destroy them if he can’t control them. Written with immaculate and starkly beautiful prose, Middlegame is a work of brilliant complexity, equal parts science fiction and fantasy.
McGuire (the Wayward Children series) puts a genuinely innovative spin on the magical child horror novel in this mesmerizing story of two gifted, telepathic children and the unsettling source of their powers. Massachusetts seven-year-old Roger Middleton is struggling with his multiplication worksheet when a girl's voice pops into his head and gives him the answers. Dodger Cheswich, his mental correspondent, lives in California, and Roger is soon able to reciprocate her assistance when she shares that her academic struggles are with reading and spelling. Roger has an intuitive connection with words that's as strong as Dodger's with numbers. As their relationship develops, the two remain unaware that they are pawns in a larger game initiated by James Reed, the son of Victorian alchemist Asphodel Baker; Reed and Baker aspire to create human incarnations of Pythagoras's Doctrine of Ethos, which concerns humanity's ability to command nature. As Roger and Dodger grow up and explore their more terrifying abilities, their investigation into their origins puts them in danger. Heightening the tension is a prologue set "five minutes too late" and "thirty seconds from the end of the world," in which Dodger is bleeding to death as Roger takes desperate measures to save her. Shifts and alterations in timelines demand close attention from readers, but McGuire's rigorous plotting pulls everything together by the end. This is a fascinating novel by an author of consummate skill.
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She Constructs Roads
Seanan McGuire is an architect of stories, and here she has constructed a complex story about 2 special people who may be the incarnation of an all-powerful alchemical principle, looking for and traveling the Improbable Road to the Impossible City. The writing is as good as anything McGuire has done ( a very high bar indeed), but what I found most intriguing is the care and shaping of the story by what isn’t said or is held back until the exact right time. The road here twists and turns, often back onto itself, and the characters turn and twist as well, revealing themselves to the reader as they do.
This book is infused with a deep knowledge of both the power of myth and the human heart. I found it very engaging and extremely satisfying. In other words, I loved it, and recommend it most heartily.
Love love love
Such. A. Great. Read!!
I did not expect ANY of this and had to reread it twice to fully appreciate the complexity of the book. And it was fun to reread it since after reading the ending, it makes all that much more sense. Highly recommend
Terrible book. Authors establishes the premise early but it was a “so what,” and “who cares.”
Save yourself the money this is simply very boring book. Overladen character development with little story and plot development.