Middlegame

Seanan McGuire

fiction fantasy
challenging dark mysterious fast-paced

528 pages | first published 2019

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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Moods

dark 81%
mysterious 68%
adventurous 67%
tense 53%
emotional 41%
challenging 36%
sad 14%
hopeful 12%
reflective 10%
inspiring 6%
funny 5%
informative 1%
lighthearted 1%

Pace

medium 63%
slow 20%
fast 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 8%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 9% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 58% | It's complicated: 23% | Yes: 15% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 4%

Average rating

4.15