Midwinterblood was better than White Crow because the pay-off didn't make you feel quite as duped. You could see it coming, but the how and the individual characters that make up the how were more compelling than in White Crow. Sedgwick does get a bit heavy handed at the end, in an apparent but needless attempt to make what is going on clear to the reader. However, he is excellent at building suspense and a sense of dread in the reader that I have rarely encountered elsewhere, especially in teen fiction. Highly recommended.