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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 141 x 216 x 42mm | 622g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250195527
  • 9781250195524
  • 70,651

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"Satisfying on all levels of the reading experience: thrilling, emotionally resonant, and cerebral."--Kirkus, starred review

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

"This is a tricky book to pull off, no doubt about it. But that trickery is pulled off with the kind of aplomb that has become one of McGuire's great skills. What a story to read (and re-read). 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
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About Seanan McGuire

SEANAN McGUIRE is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex and Locus Award-winning Wayward Children series, the October Daye 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, horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 became the first person to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.
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Rating details

170 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 52% (88)
4 29% (49)
3 13% (22)
2 5% (9)
1 1% (2)
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