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Review: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

May 6, 2019
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

About the Book:

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:

Whoa. This is a complex novel full of giant themes. What is reality and what is fantasy? What is magic and what is science? Are they one and the same? What is the purpose of existence. This story is told with a deft hand and is told remarkably well. Science fiction or science fantasy? Time travel on purpose to rewrite history? You need to keep your wits about you to focus on the threads. Twins with a deeper connection than birth can provide… meet and forget time and again. Two parts of one whole. And a whole lot of trouble.

It is a story that is thought provoking, complicated and fascinating. It is deeply disturbing and bloody and scary as hell. A great read. It put me in mind of Jekyll and Hyde, and of Dr Frankenstein.

If both sides of the coin are Frankenstein’s monster… What if the Doctor who created them is Hyde and not Jekyll?

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