Book Review

REVIEW: Middlegame

December 30, 2019
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Middlegame Adult Fantasy Tor Hardcover 528

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. 

My Thoughts:

There are very few books out there that evoke a feeling of unease and confusion while reading them. These are books that you know once you have finished them you are going to have to just stare into the void comprehending them and the gravity they altered. In my case, these tend to be odd little pieces of fantasy that slip a little into the eerie. They are strange and odd and constant make your brain go WOW! I thought upon finishing The Absolute book that it was the book for 2019 that did that for me. So I was surprised to discover Middlegame full of that same energy.

This book follows Roger and Dodger; two twins who are more than human, they are core aspects of the world. We follow them through their triumphs and their tribulations. They fight but they always have this tight bond that brings them together. They each are so uniquely and wonderfully written that you connect with them even if you don’t grasp the concept of math very well. Along with Roger and Dodger, we have Erin who despite being the embodiment of order gets all tangled in their story, while our villain stays mostly in the background.

This books slowly unfold and rewinds a majestic and fantastical tale of alchemy and hidden meanings inside children’s stories all the while keeping you on tether hooks. I loved the unsettling feeling you have reading this book never knowing if you are on solid ground. This book is the equivalent trekking in the mountain in dense fog, thrilling and exciting yet nerve-wracking, And it is worth every shaky step!

From the very first line to the last punctuation mark this book sent shivers down my spine. It is of its own unique class that I am learning I absolutely adore. It is the kind of book I finish and get frustrated by my capacity to eloquently convey the pure literary genius that it is. My only regret is that I cannot go back and read it again for the first time!

I give Middlegame 5 out of 5 stars.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire was published 7th May 2019 by Tor books. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Whitcoulls, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.

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  • Reply littlemissstar55 December 30, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    This review!
    I loved having a live-feed, essentially of your thoughts, and I am so very glad you liked it!
    I gave it to mum a few months back and she pretty much thought the same as you did.
    This is a book I’ll definitely have to read myself at some point!

  • Reply Sue - doddyaboutbooks December 30, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Great review, and you’ve captured the feeling of the book beautifully! I’m glad you enjoyed it. (I just love McGuire’s work and I’m waiting for the latest in he Wayward Children series to come out!)

    • Reply Brooklynne Michelle December 31, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you so much Sue, it really is a stunning book. I’ve been saying this to everyone but if you liked Middlegame I highly recommend The Absolute Book it has a very similar vibe only with Fae Folk!

      • Reply Sue - doddyaboutbooks December 31, 2019 at 12:32 pm

        Thank you – that sounds amazing! And the author is from NZ! 🙏

        • Reply Brooklynne Michelle December 31, 2019 at 2:36 pm

          Elizabeth Knox is my favourite Kiwi Author! Her YA Dreamhunter Duet is just freaking brilliant

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