From Goodreads.com: A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.Intrigued? I know I was and thrilled that Penguin Books offered me a copy for review. I haven't had a chance to read it, yet, with the holidays, but my fellow blogger Tami reviewed it over the summer. You can read her review at Bookish Temptations. In addition to offering me a free copy, Penguin will also send one of my readers a copy! All you need to do is leave a comment with a way to contact you should you be the winner. You have until midnight EST on Friday December 30. Then I will pick a winner using Random.org.
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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