Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday / WWW Wednesday 05/02/2014

“Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

In Chaucer’s London, betrayal, murder and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England’s kings. A Burnable Book is an irresistible thriller, reminiscent of classics like An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Name of the Rose and The Crimson Petal and the White.

London, 1385. Surrounded by ruthless courtiers—including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt’s flamboyant mistress, Katherine Swynford—England’s young, still untested king, Richard II, is in mortal peril, and the danger is only beginning. Songs are heard across London—catchy verses said to originate from an
ancient book that prophesies the end of England’s kings—and among the book’s predictions is Richard’s assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a “burnable book,” a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm. To find the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a professional trader in information with connections high and low.

Gower discovers that the book and incriminating evidence about its author have fallen into the unwitting hands of innocents, who will be drawn into a labyrinthine conspiracy that reaches from the king’s court to London’s slums and stews--and potentially implicates his own son. As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may be the last hope to save a king from a terrible fate.

Medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger draws on his vast knowledge of the period to add colorful, authentic detail—on everything from poetry and bookbinding to court intrigues and brothels—to this highly entertaining and brilliantly constructed epic literary mystery that brings medieval England gloriously to life.
Source: Goodreads

A good historical novel set in the Middle Ages and that promises intrigue and suspense? Color me hyped! 
What are you waiting for this week? Let me know in the comments!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading
where you answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently read?
What will you be reading next?

What are you currently reading? Actually, I'm not reading anything right now.

What did you recently read? I just finished reading "The Chaos of Stars" by Kiersten White and "The Opposite of Magic"by Colleen Cowley. One of them was really good, the other was really bad. You'll find out which is which soon enough.
What will you be reading next? I am not sure. I want to read "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker, but I'm considering reading something a bit lighter first. If you've got suggestions, I would love to hear them!

What is your WWW this week? Let me know in the comments!  


  1. I haven't read a book set in the Middle ages before.... hmmm this one sounds so interesting. Great choice! :)

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  2. Great pick, I recently heard about A Burnable Book myself and added it straight to my wishlist. The synopsis sounds like something I would love, thrown in Chaucer and the Middle Ages - I'm sold!

  3. A Burnable Book sounds really good! I love books about books. :) I loved The Golem and the Jinni so much! I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Your pick looks very tempting...a book about betrayal, murder, and intrigue. Enjoy!

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  5. I've not heard of this one before, but it definitely sounds pretty good :) Great pick!

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  6. I haven't read much in this era. Sounds like a good one.
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  7. This one is new to me but it sounds good. Great choice.