Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released!

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Ballantine Books
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From Goodreads:

The Shadow Land
From the #1 bestselling author of "The Historian "comes an engrossing novel" "that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country. 

A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. 

As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician who was shattered by oppression and she will find out all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger. 

Kostova's new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. 

I just realized last week that a new book by Elizabeth Kostova was coming out next year and all my mind could do was scream at me that Elizabeth Kostova has a new book coming out next year and it sounds incredible. I was a big of The Historian for a number of reasons, such as the immense thought and etail that went into that behemoth of a book and the lovely, fluid writing style that Kostova possesses. To be completely honest, however, I'm not usually a huge fan of books written in the contemporary time period, and this one sounds like it might be, but I'm thinking that won't be a problem. You don't see many books with Bulgarian settings, so I'm excited!

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. What a lovely cover! I've never read anything written by this author before, but this book sounds amazing. I hope you enjoy it! ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  2. This sounds fascinating. I don't think I've ever read a book set in Bulgaria before. Hope you enjoy it!