Middlegame Review

Paperback ARC, 528 pages
Fantasy/ Adult Fiction
By: Seanan McGuire
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

🌟 Seanan McGuire does it again! This was so entertaining and addicting. I should add a disclaimer here that this was sent for me by the publisher who I am thankful for. This however, did not affect my review which is as honest as usual!

🌟 It feels weird to read something by Seanan other than the Wayward Children series which I like very much. I was happy when I received this because the author has such a beautiful prose that always leaves me wanting more.

🌟 So the writing was also the thing that I enjoyed in this book which cements the fact that Seanan is a great author in her other works too. The book has a major theme of Maths and Language which are my favorite 2 things in the world. I like how it showed the importance of these 2 things. The quotes at the start of each part were a very good idea!
I have to leave a TW for a graphic Suicidal attempt and self harm though.

🌟 Roger and Dodger are going to be 2 characters I am going to be remembering for a long time. Part of that is because we follow them from their childhood to adulthood which was a new experience for me. But part of it is because it was a bit slow and there were some repetitions that could have been cut out to make this shorter.
I mean the book was huge and it took me longer than usual to finish it, at the acknowledgment part the author mentions that it is 150,000+ words and it definitely could have been shorter.

🌟 The plot is weird but interesting, it is kind of confusing and you need to have patience when reading this book. I bet some readers will be frustrated by this and will DNF or it will affect their rating and that’s why I recommend reading this slowly and with concentration. I think at the end I was satisfied by the outcome. There are some things that could have been explained better but all in all I didn’t mind the mysterious parts!

🌟 Summary and Prescription: Middlegame may be the weirdest book I read up to this date and I mean that in a very good way! I think if you are into Sci-fi and fantasy then this will be a good book but you must have patience to get all the answers later in the book!


  1. Great review, Hamad! Hmm, I’m having very mixed feeling about this one now! I had recently decided this novel might not be for me, after reading a negative review for it. But, after your review, I’m now reconsidering! Even if the plot is confusing at times, I do enjoy complex narratives, so perhaps I’ll like it! πŸ™‚

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  2. Thank U Kelly!
    It is not for everyone but it has a complex narrative & good writing for sure.
    What was the thing in the negative review that made you consider skipping it?


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