"A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight." -People In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript 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 story of magic and suspense. And the story continues in Book Two, Shadow of Night.
In Harkness's lively debut, witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford's Bodleian Library, where witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. Against all occult social propriety, Bishop turns for protection to tall, dark, bloodsucking man-about-town Clairmont. Their research raises questions of evolution and extinction among the living dead, and their romance awakens centuries-old enmities. Harkness imagines a crowded universe where normal and paranormal creatures observe a tenuous peace. "Magic is desire made real," Bishop says after both her desire and magical prowess exceed her expectations. Harkness brings this world to vibrant life and makes the most of the growing popularity of gothic adventure with an ending that keeps the Old Lodge door wide open. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/08/2010
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1 . Diverse and great read!
Posted October 01, 2012 by Trisha , NTShadow of night is even better than the first book. DH introduces rich, new characters and builds upon the magic of the first book with finesse and creativity. It was slow start, similar to a Discovery of Witches, but it soon picked up the pace and I couldn't put it down! I do wish there had been more time spent on Diana learning magic, but the span of characters, cultures and the gaps that were filled in on the back stories of the characters managed to keep the story going.
2 . Pleasantly Surprised
Posted July 30, 2012 by Pleasantly Surprised , Ballston SpaBeing Wiccan and a fantasy lover I often become irritated with lies, Hollywood myths, and ignorant comments in the books when the witches are spot lighted. To my great surprised, Deborah Harkness still had her witches doing Hollywood spells (i.e. moving things), but had complete truths beyond that, such as the atheme and bolline on the Aunt Sarah, and having the bolline be used for the physical cutting. Due to the fact the book is a novel, I can very easily look over the "Hollywood" activity, especially when the rest of the story line sucks you in and endears you to the characters. Thank you Deborah Harkness for not only making a great story, but also for being well informed! I am in the process of buying the rest of the series.
3 . couldn't stop reading
Posted July 25, 2012 by Helen , Buena Vistai loved this book, I found myself neglecting my other work, also read shadow of night, loved it also. Ms Harkness needs to write more.
4 . More Please!!!
Posted June 23, 2012 by Deborah , MississaugaI love books about witches, vampires, werewolves and daemons. This book was awesome. I am tempted to re-read it incase I missed something. I hope that Deborah writes a sequel and that it is as heart felt and surprising as this book was. The journey cannot end, I am hooked and can't wait for more. The quality and the characters just wonderful. I am so happy that I downloaded this book....more please!!
5 . On my Favorite book list !!
Posted April 30, 2012 by Liz Malley , Vineland, ONI just loved this book! I loved the way it unfolded, slowly at first and by the time you are at around 250 pages in - Boom! You are hooked! It is one of those books you cannot put down and will be sad when you've read it too quickly! I can hardly wait for the sequel. What a wonderful journey Deborah Harkness takes us on in this love story!! I am giving this 10 out of 10!!
6 . LOVED IT!!!
Posted January 14, 2012 by Patty , FloridaBoy did it suprise me how much I liked this book, unbelievable it came from a new writer! I hope to see more books of this quality from her in the future, quality over quantity. This book has substance and attitude, LOVED IT!!! Looking forward to more.
7 . disappointed
Posted January 01, 2012 by cworkman , escondido, caI was looking forward to reading this book, after all the positive comments. I have to say that I was not impressed. Story was boring, characters uninteresting. I will not be reading any sequels.
8 . I want a sequel
Posted December 11, 2011 by Nancy , Hercules, CaI love books about witches and vampires, this book embraces both worlds beautifully. I couldn't put the book down, and just finished reading it again. As other reviewers mentioned, the ending begs for a sequel and I hope one will be available soon. In this book, you do loose yourself and feel you are right there in the pages with the characters. The supporting characters have their own stories that also beg further development.. A wonderful read...I've recommended this book to many of my friends..
9 . Leaves you wanting more....
Posted December 03, 2011 by Debra , BernvilleThe is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The characters are well developed and you easily become entranced in every step taken. Definitely left me wanting more.
10 . vampire and witch a love story
Posted November 08, 2011 by a.roberti , new yorkAs the characters developed, I couldn't put the book down. I hope there will be a sequel to the story.
February 08, 2011
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