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What would you sacrifice for someone you’ve loved for ever?

“I will live seven times and I will look for you and love you in each life. Will you follow?”

In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a young couple is ritually slain.

Their deaths echo a moment ten centuries before, when, in the dark of the moon, a king and his queen were tragically torn apart. Their souls searched to be reunited as mother and son, artist and child, forbidden lovers, victims of a vampire, but only a bloody sacrifice will rekindle their true love.

WINNER of the Michael L. Printz Award. More here. And here.
And you can read Marcus’ acceptance speech here.

SHORTLISTED for the Carnegie Medal
Writing like [this] speaks for itself. I admire it both as a reader and as a writer. It is a tale for the ages, expertly spun and completely satisfying in its conclusion.
Eoin Colfer, The New York Times Sunday Book Review
…it’s the earthy, the romantic, and the ghostly—rather than the cerebral—that make this book such a complete work of art.
Starred review - The Horn Book
The concept of two souls connected over space and time has obvious romantic appeal, and each individual story here is stunningly developed, offering up a different iteration of love and linking Eric and Merle in surprising but poignant ways.
Starred review - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...a story that’s simultaneously romantic, tragic, horrifying, and transcendental.
Starred review - Publisher’s Weekly
Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite.
Starred review - Kirkus
Its strange spell will capture you.
Starred review - Booklist
Prize-winning Marcus Sedgwick's gift for powerful storytelling is at its very best in this emotionally charged, no holds barred novel.
Julia Eccleshare - Lovereading
I loved this outstanding novel of love and sacrifice...a devastating love story across the ages.
Fiona Noble - The Bookseller
This book made me laugh, this book made me cry. I want to tell people about this book and see their reaction when they turn the final page.
Writing from the Tub
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award 2014
Shortlisted for: The CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Award 2013
Publisher's Weekly Best Books for 2013
Booklist Editor's Choice for 2013
2014 Tayshas High School Reading List.