A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

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Book one of the New York Times -bestselling All Souls trilogy--"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight " ( People ).

Now "[a] hot show that's like Twilight meets Outlander " ( Thrillist ) airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, as well as streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.

Deborah Harkness's sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches , has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782 , deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night , and concludes with The Book of Life .
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2011.
ISBN: 9780670022410
Characteristics: 579 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 11, 2019

Its written like a wine mom trying her hand at fanfiction for the first time. Seriously, yoga class?

Jun 22, 2019

I re-read this to be ready for the TV version and it did not disappoint me!

Jun 20, 2019

One of my all time fav books!!! I saw the show first and quickly binged all 8 episodes...twice! This book helped me enjoy and better understand the finer details of the story that the show doesn't have time to explore. Harkness is terrific....read all 4 books in this series and am left wanting more!!

Jun 17, 2019

Vampires and witches, time travel and romance - this story has them all. If you liked Outlander for its feisty heroine and meticulously researched historical detail, and if you prefer your vampires to be classy, you will enjoy this first-in-a-series fantasy. Now a TV show!

Jun 13, 2019

I love fantasy and wanted to like this book but couldn't finish. Was about 1/3 of the way through trying to decide if I should push through and see if it got any more interesting or give up. Just couldn't bring myself to care about these characters.

Jun 05, 2019

I actually learned this was a book series after Amazon came out with the series on its platform. It was really interesting to see what they used from the book, which was a lot. I am going to read the entire series before the next seasons come out.

JCLTiffanyR May 28, 2019

A Discovery of Witches isn't your typical paranormal romance. Written by a history professor, it's full of interesting alchemical lore and is impeccably researched. The romantic tension between Diana, the witch, and Matthew, the vampire, is palpable and the world created by Harkness is richly drawn. A truly engaging novel. Highly recommend.

RainbowPonygirl1234 Apr 23, 2019

So, people have compared this to Twilight and I can understand why - there are certain elements that parallel each other - BUT this is NOT Twilight. It is so much better. 100000x better.

I have read this book and listened to it and I recommend it either way. The writing is well researched and done beautifully. The character building is gradual but realistic, and the setting descriptions are detailed enough to create a really nice mental picture but not tedious.

Apr 03, 2019

A fun and exciting read.

ReadingAdviser_leni Mar 29, 2019

Wow! This was an incredible story. Full of rich detail, complex characters, and beautiful settings. I regret not having read this earlier, but at the same time, so glad that I am able to enjoy it now. I am really looking forward to reading the next in the series!

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Jul 24, 2016

When reading this book, I constantly fluctuated between wondering why I was reading it and not being able to put it down. Some parts I really didn't care for -- I am not a huge fan of romance in my fantasy books, but others, like the description of witches and their talents was pretty great. The book takes place in a world where witches, vampires, and daemons exist alongside humans, but are not allowed to mingle each other. This all changes when the heroine, a witch who has been denying her witchcraft, discovers a manuscript that everyone is looking for, and meets a dashing vampire. I admit, I will be reading the second book in the series soon. I also admit that it's not the best witchcraft novel I have ever read. I much preferred Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

AnneDromeda Oct 24, 2011

Diana Bishop is a witch in denial. An orphan born to a prominent witch family, she's ignoring her magical heritage to pour her energy into academia. She's travelled to Oxford's Bodleian Library to research a lecture she's giving on alchemy - but when she orders up one ancient manuscript, she unwittingly unleashes a maelstrom of supernatural power. Soon, she can't walk to her study carrel without tripping over some witch, vampire or demon brimming with curiosity or malicious intent. One such creature is Matthew Clairmont, a handsome fellow academic with a sanguine disposition. As other supernatural creatures become more threatening, Diana finds herself warily grateful for the help he offers. Can she survive the powers she's unleashed to become the witch she's meant to be? Is the real Matthew the kind, chivalrous man she's come to know, or the bloodthirsty hunter of whom she finds hints? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of the uneasy worldwide peace between witches, demons, vampires and humans.<br />

Like *Harry Potter*, *A Discovery of Witches* features an orphaned witch with latent legendary powers who encounters a great evil. It shares a great sense of mythology and place, too – you can practically smell the Bodleian when you're reading, and Oxford almost becomes extra character in the book. Diana's aunts' bewitched home in Wisconsin shares the same haunted architectural quirks readers loved in Hogwarts. And, like *Twilight*, an apparently-doomed romance with plenty of sexual tension and a sense of destiny takes centre stage in the action (but be forewarned: readers frustrated by the unresolved tension or the gender politics in *Twilight* will find themselves pretty annoyed with this book, too). This first book in the *All Souls* trilogy will also appeal to readers who enjoy the time travel elements and exhaustive research of authors like Diana Gabaldon (*Outlander* series) and Susanna Kearsley (*The Winter Sea*, *Marianna*). Other potential appeal factors include emphases on yoga, literature, and serious wine and book collecting. A great story to pick up for Hallowe'en, you'd best read the book now while the hold list is short, because the movie rights have already been purchased by Warner Bros. Oh, and good news for your future addiction issues: The second book, *Shadow of Night*, is anticipated for a summer 2012 release.

beauty1492 Jun 27, 2011

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

driffle Jun 05, 2011

Slow at the beginning but reached a point where I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for next book in series!


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gspl_Janni Mar 24, 2015

Sexual Content: Not much in book one but a little bit in book 2 & 3.


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gspl_Janni Mar 24, 2015

“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue”
― Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

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