Back in 2009, during the Frankfurt book fair, I remember seeing a note on The Bookseller website about a book called A Discovery of Witches. And I quote:
Headline has fought off competition from five other publishers to acquire the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair's hottest fiction title, The Discovery of
Witches by Deborah Harkness.
And further more:
The Discovery of Witches is aimed at the adult market and set in a world where four species—vampires, witches, demons and humans—co-exist. A young woman discovers a book in the Bodleian library with strange magical powers, changing her perception of the world around her, so that she can see the other species. Although there is a covenant preventing inter-species relationships, she falls in love with a vampire.
Headline deputy m.d. and publisher Jane Morpeth, who acquired the title, said: "It's just brilliant . . . it will be a major title for us", comparing the style to Anne Rice...
This was enough for me. I couldn't wait to read this new book. Fast forward to maybe a month ago when this gigantic parcel arrived. It was a proof copy of A Discovery of Witches. I remember thinking that it sounded familiar and then of course, I read the PR sheet and went: zomg, this is IT!
I am SO incredibly pleased to be part of the blogtour for this book. The writing is solid, the premise is cool, the research will blow your mind and the characters are engaging and I missed them and their story when I had to put the book away for work or to sleep.
But here, without further fuss, is my exclusive extract of the book. My extract is the final extract of this tour, and it is the fourth extract.