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
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This program is read by Amber Benson.
New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces listeners 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.
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.