Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (45): A Discovery of Witches

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness due out February 8, 2011 from Penguin / Viking.

Book Description
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.  

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  1. I'm a sucker for witches, so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one! Awesome pick :D

  2. Sounds like a good book. And a debut author too. I like it. thanks for sharing.

    My WOW is a little different.

    Jessica @ Laugh Love Write

  3. I've been hearing great things about this one!

  4. I saw this one on Goodreads a while back and thought it sounded very interesting.

    My "Waiting on" Wednesday is a bit darker.

  5. I have been wanting to read this one as well, thanks for stopping by. Great Pick!

  6. This sounds like a great read! I haven't heard of this title before but now I'm going to add it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  7. I'm not drawn to books about witches, but this sounds intriguing. Kind of lush and atmospheric. Good choice!

  8. You had me at the word vampire. This sounds very intriguing. I am adding it to my TBR list.

    Reading Lark's WOW

  9. I love books that make me think, and it's incredibly rare to get that with a paranormal fiction involving vampires and witches. It's so well written, you almost feel like you are missing out on the action because you are a mere human.


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