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Middlegame (Hardcover)

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Mysterious Galaxy Books
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(Science Fiction Fantasy)

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Some of my favorite stories are the ones that grab you by the hand and gently, yet resolutely lead you through our familiar, shared world until both you and the story come upon the fragile and ever-flexible boundaries of reality and fantasy. Typically, if I’m in the mood for such a tale, I turn to anything Neil Gaiman or Brom. This time, Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame ticked all the boxes for me: believable world, fully-developed characters with their own thoughts and motivations, fantastical and gripping imagery, moments of terror offset by humor, and more. Her references to other famous works and authors were also a delight, akin to Easter Eggs in video games. Oftentimes brutal, gut wrenching, and gory, Middlegame was at the same time touching, heartfelt, and inspiring. Overall, a coming of age tale for the likes of teens, adults, and wannabe gods.

— Nicholas


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.

About the Author

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.

Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.

She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.

Praise For…

"Roger and Dodger are the heart of this story. They're its pulse and purpose — these two supernaturally gifted kids who come off like kids. And this is the greatest trick McGuire pulls here … It's the kind of book where you want to reach into the page just to help them out, to warn them of what's coming. It blossoms."—NPR

“Satisfying on all levels of the reading experience: thrilling, emotionally resonant, and cerebral.”—Kirkus, starred review

"Imaginatively conceived, carefully constructed, fantastically written ... another delightful and captivating outing from Seanan McGuire."—bookreporter

"This is a fascinating novel by an author of consummate skill."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Middlegame] deserves to be re-read because it’s just that good... If you’ve got a love for fantasy, you should read Middlegame."—Culturess

“[A]n ambitious piece of world building from a master of the craft . . . thoroughly engaging.”—Booklist

"McGuire sets a high bar for alchemy-based stories in this new stand-alone, twisting themes of time and space as seen through the eyes of children. . . . This singular work keeps readers thinking long after the final page."—Library Journal

"This tragic, triumphant novel, will break your brain and your heart... the finest work to date from an author of consistently fine works."—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"An excellent recommendation for those who enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Lauren Oliver's Replica."—School Library Journal *starred* review

"Readers should come for the tightly constructed world and stay for the pleasure of watching the twins choose each other, come what may."—Shelf Awareness

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250195524
ISBN-10: 1250195527
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 528