Waiting on Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
My pick for this week is:
Available March 2011 from Orbit Books
As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave finds herself the unwilling apprentice of an ancient necromancer. Unfortunately, quitting his company proves even more hazardous than remaining his pupil when she is afflicted with a terrible curse. Yet salvation may lie in a mysterious tome her tutor has hidden somewhere on the war-torn continent. She sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to find the book, never suspecting her fate is tied to three strangers: the artist Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, the alchemist Dr. Paracelsus, and a gun-slinging Dutch mercenary. As Manuel paints her macabre story on canvas, plank, and church wall, the young apprentice becomes increasingly aware that death might be the least of her concerns.
This has been on my wishlist as soon as I saw the description, but I can’t remember where I saw it first. It’s a long away though. I’m constantly fascinated by what Orbit publishes and I hope I can read more of their books. And oh, what an excellent drawing on the cover.