“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It highlights pre-release books that we just can’t wait to get our hands on.
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Release date: April 10, 2012
Published by: Random House Children’s Books
I ignored this one at first, because the cover didn’t really grab me. However, I started reading some early reviews that have been coming out about it, and now I feel I have to read it. Why? Because it features the Voynich Manuscript! That’s a world famous manuscript written in code that nobody has ever been able to decipher! What’s more, is that I’ve actually seen this manuscript in person when I was an intern at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library a few years ago, which is the library that owns it. So I kind of have to read this book, right?
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.
But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.
Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.