Whew. It’s a busy time. It’s officially one week from the sell date in both the US and the UK, and things are popping. I’ll be on tour throughout the months of February and March, and am busily doing interviews that will hopefully give those of you who can’t make it to one of the signings a chance to hear me speak about the book and how it came to be.

Today was an especially thrilling one for me, because A Discovery of Witches made it onto the Amazon.com Best of February list, was included in Sessalee’s fiction picks on Barnes & Noble, and made its official entree onto the Indie Next Great Reads List for February. It also featured among Waterstone’s UK list of best new fiction, and was the top fiction pick for the magazine Bookpage.

While you wait for your book to arrive at your local bookstore or through the post, I thought I’d share some more great reviews with you.

“… the book sweeps its readers into a world where science and magic are close relatives and understanding evolution is a key to survival. This book is about knowledge, and power, and the sort of secrets that force themselves out in the open. A Discovery of Witches is just the beginning, and we are in for quite a ride.” Jennie Blake, Bookgeeks.co.uk, 1/31/2011

“A mature, lively tale of a historian and a magical manuscript that unlocks the supernatural world.” Entertainment Weekly, The Must List for the Week Ending January 30, 2011

“…a thoroughly grown-up novel packed with historical detail, [it] has a gutsy, brainy heroine to match…. Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world….By the most satisfying end, Harkness had made me a believer.” Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly, 1/26/20111

“… Harkness used her two lead characters to break away from many of the common clichés about witches and vampires . . . . Diana Bishop would rather go rowing than attend a solstice ceremony. Matthew Clairmont avoids the temptations of power and hunger to focus on the scientific causes and effects of vampirism, as well as the future of his species. . . . [S]uch attitudes make the characters far more human, and thus more relatable to the reader. “ Benito, Wine by Benito, 1/24/2011

“ . . . a masterpiece of literary fiction, filled with factional and fantastical beings brought to us by the lyrical narrative of a most talented storyteller.” Debbie H., The Reading Frenzy, 1/24/2011

“…for the adult reader who needs a little more substance than Twilight and characters a little older than Harry Potter. Same compelling storytelling and intriguing characters.” Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Book Doctors: Latest Recommendations, 1/24/2011

“This tale is a smart, tense, provocative, and enchanting read you will not want to end and will be relishing long after the last page is turned. . . . Absolutely delightful and impossible to put down!” Viviane Crystal, Crystal Book Reviews, 1/23/2011

“A highly addictive read for those who want their mythology and magic served up with a dose of smarts.” J.P, Chatelaine, February 2011

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