Revealing Seanan McGuire’s Seasonal Fears, the Follow-up to Middlegame

The king of winter and the summer queen are dead. The fight for their crowns begins!

New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire takes us on a whirlwind tour of the seasons, and those who control them, in this sensational same-world follow-up to her Hugo Award-nominated Middlegame. Seasonal Fears arrives May 3, 2022 from Tordotcom Publishing.

For everything there is a season.

Melanie has a destiny, though it isn’t the one everyone assumes it to be. She’s delicate; she’s fragile; she’s dying. Now, truly, is the winter of her soul.

Harry doesn’t want to believe in destiny, because that means accepting the loss of the one person in his life that gives his life meaning, that brings summer to his world.

So, when a new road is laid out in front of them—a road that will lead them through untold dangers toward a possible lifetime together—walking down it seems to be the only option.

But others are following behind, with violence in their hearts.

It looks like Destiny has a plan for them, after all….

“One must maintain a little bit of summer even in the middle of winter.” —Thoreau

Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire

Cover design by Will Staehle

Seanan McGuire is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award–winning Wayward Children series; the October Daye series; the InCryptid series; the delightfully dark Middlegame; and other works. She also writes comics for Marvel, darker fiction as Mira Grant, and younger fiction as A. Deborah Baker. 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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Praise for Middlegame:

“I read so many incredible books in 2019, but of them all, there’s one I keep thinking about, long after I turned the last page: Middlegame… McGuire makes it look effortless.” —Rory Power

“McGuire has an uncanny knack for taking the worst things that lurk in the shadows and weaving them into an absolute delight.” —Becky Chambers

“Roger and Dodger are the heart of this story. They’re its pulse and purpose—these two supernaturally gifted kids who come off like kids. And this is the greatest trick McGuire pulls here … It’s the kind of book where you want to reach into the page just to help them out, to warn them of what’s coming. It blossoms.” —NPR

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