I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret: I am a big fan of fantasy. Okay, so maybe that's not really a secret at all; after all, I have a lot of favorite books that are fantasies. But I still get really excited when I stumble upon new fantasy books that sound really great, namely, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. So, if you're like me and love fantasy (even if it's not technically YA), here's your chance to win a great book!
A Discover of Witches begins on a late September afternoon when Diana Bishop, a bright, young historian studying amidst the ancient stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian library, calls up a medieval manuscript of alchemical illustrations. As soon as she picks it up Diana realizes that the book—Ashmole 782—is an enchanted object of untold power. As it turns out, Diana is not only a first-rate scholar of seventeenth- century chemistry but also a descendant of a long and distinguished line…of witches. She’s spent her adult life distancing herself from her supernatural destiny, and after a quick look at Ashmole 782 she sends the book back to the stacks and her magical history with it.
However, Diana isn’t the only one who has noticed that the manuscript has resurfaced, and her discovery immediately sets the fantastical underworld stirring. It soon becomes apparent that Ashmole 782 is a coveted treasure that’s been lost for centuries and Diana is the first and only being that has met the terms of its spell. Soon she finds herself beset by members of all three magical species—daemons, witches, and vampires—who swarm upon Oxford, seeking the text. She finds a crucial ally in Matthew Clairmont, a dashing geneticist and a vampire, whose preeminence in his field has been achieved after years upon years upon years of study. The two team up despite an age-old enmity between their species, becoming closer over candlelit dinners, supernatural yoga classes, and a trip to Matthew’s ancestral home (well, castle) in southern France.
As their challenges grow, so do Diana’s powers, and together she and Matthew must battle the forces rallying against them to unlock the secrets of a manuscript whose pages promise clues to a mysterious past and uncertain future. Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense, A Discover of Witches is a mesmerizing and addictive read.
(1) lucky winner will receive A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and a set of buttons
courtesy of Penguin Group
- US mailing addresses only.
- Contest ends 5/18/11, at 9 p.m. EST.