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December 27, 2011

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (promo)

Today, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is available in paperback. Warner Brothers has secured the rights for this title as well as its sequels (Shadow of Night is due out next summer). If you are like me you like to read the books before seeing the movie. And this book looks great (that saying something as I'm picky about my fantasy).

From 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.
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

Want a little more background on A Discovery of Witches? Check out this excellent video:

You can find out more about A Discovery of Witches and Deborah Harkness at her website and on Facebook.

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  1. This is such a great book. If you haven't read it yet you really need to. It made my top 10 books of 2011 list. I'd love to have the paperback copy.
    (Thanks for the link)

  2. I absolutely love this book. The characters are exciting and intriguing and the author's scholarly work in history makes the writing very rich in accurate detail. I read the library copy and would enjoy adding ADOW to my personal library to enjoy reading it again! Thanks for the video. It took me back to my visit to Oxford some years ago. If I am chosen, you know where to find me!

  3. Sounds like great fun to read. I'd love to win it!

  4. this has been on my wish list since i saw the book in reviews will there be also an ebook copy. If not i will get the paper version to add to my vast growing collection

  5. I'm so excited to read this one. So many great things have been said about it. I'd love to check it out.



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