Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: A Discovery of Witches

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

This week's "Waiting On" Wednesday selection is:

A Discovery of Witches
By Deborah Harkness

Publication Date:  February 8, 2011 by Viking Adult

From Publishers Weekly~
In Harkness's lively debut, witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford's Bodleian Library, where witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. Against all occult social propriety, Bishop turns for protection to tall, dark, bloodsucking man-about-town Clairmont. Their research raises questions of evolution and extinction among the living dead, and their romance awakens centuries-old enmities. Harkness imagines a crowded universe where normal and paranormal creatures observe a tenuous peace. "Magic is desire made real," Bishop says after both her desire and magical prowess exceed her expectations. Harkness brings this world to vibrant life and makes the most of the growing popularity of gothic adventure with an ending that keeps the Old Lodge door wide open.

How can I not want a book that combines two of my favorite subjects, namely a library and the supernatural?   Not to mention it sounds like a good thriller, perhaps similar to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova?


  1. I'm hearing great things about this one and looking forward to it too!

  2. This looks really interesting! I will have a look out for it! New follower! You can check out my WoW here!

  3. @ nomadreader: With a review like that, I had to add it to our library's collection development list. :D

    @ Sonette: It looks really exciting! And I'll be on the look out for your WoW too. :D

  4. I had this to my list for awhile, Great Pick!

    My WOW

  5. Thanks for the heads up on a book and author new to me DJL, it sounds like a really good read and have added it to my ever growing list of wishing to reads!

    My WWW/WoW post this week if you have time to check it out...

  6. @ BLHmistress: So glad we were on the same wavelength with this title. :) And excellent choices on yours as well!

    @ jackie b central texas: Here's hoping it's a title we'll all enjoy. And thank you for the heads up on yours too!


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