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Giveaway-The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

September 25th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description from Hachette Book Group: Breathtakingly suspenseful and beautifully written, The Historian is the story of a young woman plunged into a labyrinth where the secrets of her family’s past connect to an inconceivable evil: the dark fifteenth-century reign of Vlad the Impaler and a time-defying pact that may have kept his awful work alive through the ages. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking us from monasteries and dusty libraries to the capitals of Eastern Europe – in a feat of storytelling so rich, so hypnotic, so exciting that it has enthralled readers around the world.

If you would like to use this as a Book Club selection you can download a reading guide from here.

Thanks to Hachette Book Group I can give away up to 5 copies of this book.

The Rules:

1.For every 10 unique entries I will add one copy to the giveaway.  If there are 50 unique entries I will giveaway all 5 copies.

2. Open to US and Canada residents only.

Extra entries for:

3. Leave a separate comment if you add me to your blogroll, subscribe in Google Reader or email or already have done so (+1 for each)

4. Post about the giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and leave the link in a separate comment (+1 for each up to 3 extra entries)

5. Stumble, Digg, etc this post and leave a separate comment(+1 for each)

The Winner:

6. I will use a random number generator to choose the winner

7. Giveaway ends October 9.

Posted in Books, General Fiction, Giveaways

161 Responses

  1. Tawnda

    I would love to read this! I love surprises! lol

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  3. DarcyO

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  4. DarcyO

    I subscribe with Google Reader.

  5. susan vanrey

    i love to read this sounds good [email protected]

  6. Beth

    Please enter me. This looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Julie H

    Please count me in! I think it looks like it has a lot of great components–something for everyone and sure looks long enough too!

  8. Julie H

    +1 I am a new subscriber with Google Reader!

  9. Amber G

    I would really love to win – this looks fascinating and very thrilling!

  10. Laura's Reviews

    I would love to win this book!

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    I am a follower of your site and your blog appears on the blogroll on the sidebar of my blog.

  13. Shakespeare's Muse

    This looks awesome! Count me in…! :-)

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  14. joan ferris

    Great giveaway.

  15. Jo-Jo

    I would love to win this book!

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  16. rutgersgal

    This book has been on my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win it – my fingers are crossed!

  17. Ann F

    I’m a follower and would love to win a copy of the book

  18. Jerold A. Sauer

    Reading is one of my passions I would love to read this book

  19. Sara Thompson

    This book is quite a bit different from what I usually read, I need something different! I would love to win.

  20. James Coyne

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  21. PatZ

    Sounds like my kind of book.

  22. Piroska Blanchette

    I’d love to read this book! Sounds fascinating.

  23. Piroska Blanchette

    I Stumbled your site.

  24. Piroska Blanchette

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  25. Pat B

    This book sounds amazing, please enter me.

  26. Sarah Lim

    I’m a sucker for historical books. Count me in!

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  29. Sarah Lim

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  30. Sarah Lim

    +1 I’ve also linked this contest to my sidebar, here:

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  31. SANDY

    would love to read

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  33. Jonnie H

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  36. Virginia C

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  37. clenna in NH

    Breathtakingly suspenseful, secrets, inconceivable evil, time-defying pact, adventure of monumental proportions, hypnotic, exciting – all descriptors for this book. How can one not want to read it? I hope it lives up to its hype. I am beside myself hoping I am one of the selected.

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  41. Carol G

    I have seen this reviewed in a couple of other places, and it sounds like an intriguing story.

  42. Lisa Garrett

    This sounds really good. Please enter me.

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  44. Kathy d

    You always have the best books this looks like another good one

  45. Claire

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  48. Lisa A.

    I’ve been interested in this book for a while, but have never gotten around to reading it. I’d love to win!

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  50. Deborah Wellenstein

    This book has been on my “must-read” list for awhile-would love to win this. Thanks!

  51. Jennifer M

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  52. Beth

    Please enter me. Thanks for the chance.

  53. Deedles

    I’ve heard a bit about this book and it does sound like a very interesting read.

  54. Doreen

    Always interesting when a quiet librarian is thrown into a deep, dark, evil place. This sounds so hauntingly delicious.

  55. Doreen

    I already subscribe by email. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  56. David

    Great review, sounds good, count me in, thanks.

  57. DeeAnn S

    An intriguing story! Thanks.

  58. Heather McDonough

    A friend read this and highly recommended it to me. I’d love to win it!

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  59. Sharon C.

    I would like to read this book.
    Sounds interesting.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. angie

    I love stories that have mystery and suspense in them. I have heard alot about this book, and it sounds like a great read.

  64. Linda C.

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  65. Rita M

    This book sounds great… thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  66. Kelly

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  68. Jason

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  69. Tarah

    I love a good mystery!

  70. Nancy

    I have never read anything by Elizabeth Kostova and this sounds like a good read.

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    I am an email subscriber.

  73. Jo-Jo

    I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    And I’ve posted about the contest here.

  74. Tammy

    Sounds like a great book.I love this type of book

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  76. sarah

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  84. Leslie

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  86. Nancy V

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  89. Sharon A

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  91. Bethie

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  99. EdV

    anything that involves Vlad the Impaler makes for an interesting read.

  100. Pamela S

    I’ve always heard great things about this book, but never read it. I’d love to be entered to win. Thanks.

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  103. Jodie

    I would love to read this book! It sounds fascinating.

  104. Jodie

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  107. Briana

    I would love to win this book!

  108. Auriette

    I’m interested in Vlad the Impaler because of the vampire myths that seem to be intertwined with the historical figure. I also like mysteries, and it seems like this book has that aspect as well.

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  118. Kathleen S.

    I would love to win this book, it got really good reviews when it came out originally. Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. Chrysa

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  120. R Hicks

    This seems to be a very good read

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    I’m intrigued with Eastern Europe & have visited Russia & Poland- and the subject matter is fascinating! Count me in!

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  127. Gloria

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  131. Deborah R

    I actually started reading “The Historian” – borrowed it from the library – and then I came down with a bad case of poison ivy rash. I was afraid to touch anything so had my hubby return the book for me. Now, every time I go back to the library, it’s out and there’s still a waiting list for it. So yes, I’d sure love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

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  135. Tiffany S

    I am feeling the need to create a unique comment but nothing is really coming to me. lol I guess I’ll stick with the generic, sounds like a good book and I’d like to win it. :) lol Thank you!

  136. Susan Smith

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  137. Tim Hughes

    This sounds like a very interesting read that I am sure I would enjoy.

  138. DanV

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    Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

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  143. Gianna

    Sounds like an interesting read :)

  144. Sandra

    This looks like a good book.

  145. Becky

    funny story..we actually named one of my cats after Vlad the Impaler..don’t ask why..long story.

  146. Carol Lawrence

    Who can resist a book with Vlad the Impaler in it.

  147. Carol Lawrence

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  149. dawn

    This sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the chance.

  150. Marcy Strahan

    I can just imagine soaking in a hot bubble bath with a pillow for my head & this book(The Historian) to fill my head with wonder & awe!
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  155. Jennifer

    This sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway!

  156. Buddy Garrett

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  157. Charlene Kuser

    This sounds like an evil weg tangled through one family that’s hard to let go
    of,I would love to review this book,thanks for the giveaway

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