Tuesday, December 27, 2011

GIVEAWAY: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Hey Everyone!  Today is the paperback release of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  It's book one of the All Souls Trilogy (book two, Shadow of Night, is set to publish in the summer).  This book got huge buzz when it first released in hardback back in February and debuted at # 2 on the New York Times bestseller list (Warner Brothers has also acquired the screen rites).

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  (from GoodReads).

I have not read this book just yet (but I will be!), but here are links to Ms. Harkness's website (love that name) and to the reviews on GoodReads.  Also, check out this fabulous video of Ms. Harkness giving a walking tour of Oxford and talking about her inspiration for the book:

The fine folks at Penguin have offered a brand spanking new paperback copy of the book to one lucky reader.

So, if you'd like the chance to enter the GIVEAWAY, here's whatchuhavetodo:

  1. Leave a comment with your email address
  2. If you'd like to tweet for an extra entry, please leave a direct link.
That's it!  No follow necessary!  The contest will close on Wednesday, January 4th at Noon EST.

Good luck everyone!

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