by Seanan McGuire
Series: Alchemical Journeys #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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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.
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire told from multiple perspectives and those of twins Roger and Dodger blew my mind. Take McGuire’s hand as she takes us to the Impossible City.
Fans of McGuire’s Wayward Children series will love this darker tale that explores, twins, balance, chaos, order, the power of words, math, time, and alchemy. While the Wayward series had a young adult feel, this does not despite some whimsical imagery.
The tale started out slowly for me even though the first chapter, Failure, grabbed me. But as we learned about Asphodel Baker, the Doctrines of Ethos, the Alchemical Congress and the creation of James Reed I found myself sucked down the rabbit hole.
Roger and Dodger are twins, born of a lab and separated at birth. At age seven they make contact telepathically. The tale that unfolds was brilliant, ambitious and completely addictive.
McGuire entertains with a complex tale and makes you ponder, dream and explore. I loved Roger and Dodger. While they aren’t quite human, they haven’t quite become. It was intense as Reed and his creepy sidekicks worked to keep them separated until it was time for them to manifest.
I loved the use of twins and the connection they share. Both are unique individuals. She is obsessed with math, he with the written word and languages. This is a story that one can read again and again, picking up different things each time.
Be warned there are dark, sometimes grizzly moments. You will witness murder(s) and death. But, with darkness comes light. McGuire takes up her magic pen and brings the path to the Impossible City to life. Math and Words leapt from the page delighting me at every turn.
Secondary characters become unexpected heroes and others like Leigh will give you nightmares.
Middlegame was brilliant, complex, simplistic and poignant. But those descriptions only scratched the surface of this brilliant novel.
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All of my friends have been reading this one lately and absolutely head over heels loving it. I need to get onto this hype train and check it out for myself because it seems like the kind of thing I am going to love ! Great review x
I loved your review. This sounds like a dark but wonderfully written tale even with the slow start. I am glad it picked up and you loved it so much. I will have to get this one as it sounds like a book that I would totally love.
JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog
This sounds different. Happy it was a winner for you.
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
I’m glad this was such a great read for you. I had mixed feelings when I read it but definitely agree that this is the type of book where every time you read it, you’ll discover and appreciate more and more of the little details.
Such a tempting bool, struggling to afford so on tbr for later but it is intriguing
Seanan McGuire is one of those UF/PNR authors that features on loads of lists – must read this, top 5/10 that – but I still haven’t read any of her books *tut* although she is on my wish list. 😉
Anne - Books of My Heart
I’m sure I’ll have to read this but I haven’t read this author. Yet. Robin and Melanie read her a lot and Mira Grant. Wonderful review!
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
I’ve really been wanting to read McGuire and this one looks good and very different from my usual reading. Adding to my list!
Michelle @Because Reading
This sounds amazing, so glad you loved it! Awesome Review!
This sounds like something I would love. I’ve still yet to have tried her under this pen name, but I’m listening to Kingdom of Needle and Bone right now. I’ve got only about a half hour left. I do love Mira Grant and will have to give Seanan McGuire a try. Maybe I”ll start with this one, though I got my library to get me the audio of Rosemary and Rue to try sometime soon too. Great review.
Jonetta (Ejaygirl) | Blue Mood Café
Outstanding review, Kim! I’ll be on the lookout for this one.
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
Rodger and Dodger sound fascinating, and even though this story had a slow start, I can tell how addictive it became, by the way it completely pulled you in! I’m glad you loved this story Kim!
fantastic review Kim and wow what a cover Thanks for sharing
Thanks for introducing me to this author last year, I have enjoyed so many of her books and now another book to add to my list. Great review and thanks for sharing!
Even though sci fi usually isn’t my thing, I’m definitely interested in this one. So glad you loved it!
I spotted the cover a while back and wondered what it was about, but never checked. Oh, nice and bizarre, it seems. 🙂
I’ve been seeing this one around the blogs and everyone seems to be liking it.
epic fantasy! hope the twins aren’t too scary or creepy. I hope i managed to fix my site =D it looked normal
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
This looks quite interesting. I actually thought this was a horror novel, not fantasy. I’m definitely intrigued by it. And a 5 star read for you! That’s great!
I had a really good time with this one, it was different and interesting. A realy intriguing book to read
Sounds like a brilliant masterpiece.
I’ve seen this book a few places now, for sure need to check it out!
Lotte | http://www.lottelauv.blogspot.co.uk