REVIEW : MIDDLEGAME

TITLE: Middlegame
AUTHOR: Seanan McGuire
GENRE: Fantasy
AGE CATEGORY: Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 528
PUBLISHED: April 7th 2020
PUBLISHER: Tordotcom

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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.

USA Today Bestseller, and named as one of Paste Magazine‘s 30 Best Fantasy Novels of the Decade!


You can’t skip to the end of the story just because you’re tired of being in the middle.

I feel so bad for not loving this book like everyone else. But honestly, the quote up there from the book kind of hit me. Because that’s pretty much what I wanted to do after the first 1/4 of the book. But I just have to admit it and say that this wasn’t a book for me.

Many has said that Middlegame is a fast paced book but I have to disagree with that. For me it felt like we were getting absolutely nowhere. Even if the time skipped many years forward, it felt like the same exact thing was pondered on, just with a different given year. And that was probably my biggest problem.
I like my books fast paced, at least medium. Otherwise I grow bored and itching for something quicker. And Middlegame just felt like a broken record, repeating the same thing again and again, never going forward.
And by the time the story moved forward, it just confused me more. I just couldn’t keep up with every reset and change and well everything.
There’s so much I’d like to say but I can’t find the words to make it non-spoilers.

Roger and Dodger? No connection to them, non at all. And I wanted to connect with those adorable twins so much! Maybe I did exactly that, tried too hard to get the connection, to start caring about them, and that way blew it for myself.
But I just couldn’t make myself to care about any of their decisions. Well, some of them for sure left me with my jaw open, screaming “and why the hell did you do that?!”. Some of them were just too “WTF” that I couldn’t figure out why those parts were even necessary to the storyline. Even after finishing now, I still don’t see a point to everything.

What can I say? I read it, I finished it, it was okay? I just found myself trying to reread all the time, to get a hold of everything. To gather the reasons and meanings. But no, this book just wasn’t meant for me to love and I do feel bad about it. Hyping it so much for myself at first and then having to say “oh Middlegame? yeah, didn’t really care about it. Yes, I know what I said but now I say otherwise”. Maybe I reset myself?

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