Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights up and coming books, and is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

My pick for this week is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I love witches, and have ever since I read The Witch Child by Celia Rees. The cover isn't really much, and is a little too reminiscient of Eclipse but I should really stop being such a cover-junkie...

Have a read of the summary from Waterstone's, let me know what you think:

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...

A Discovery of Witches is due to be released on 8th February 2011 by Headline.

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