"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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21 . Loved the Plot
Posted June 18, 2011 by EJ , VictorvilleI just loved this book. The storyline is so unusual that I just couldn't put my reader down. I had hoped there would be sequels and I can't wait until the next one is published. For a first time writer, this book is a hit out of the park.
22 . Highly recommend
Posted June 02, 2011 by Janeane , SacramentoA discovery of Witches is a thrilling tale and has an underlying message of accepting people for who they are, not what they are. Which in todays world, is a welcome message. I can't wait for the next one to hit the shelves. There is so much I can write about, but don't want to for fear of saying too much and ruining it for the next reader. ENJOY!
23 . LOVED IT
Posted May 24, 2011 by Billie , River Falls WII really liked the book! I couldnt put it down and didn't know it was a trilogy until the ending which left me wondering so I looked it up online. I really enjoy historical fiction, romance, and a little supernatural and this combined all three perfectly. I can't wait for the next one!
24 . TMI!!!
Posted May 24, 2011 by Carrie , Moorestown, NJSomewhere I read this would be a trilogy. Is that right? Based on the amount of information in this book maybe it should be a series of six or seven. I like to think I'm pretty quick and can handle complicated plots, but there's just too much crammed into this one story. It feels rushed and yet there's lots of time languishing on tiny details and there's a lot of repetition of easy points and not enough description for the complicated material. Mostly, I like it, but I did get bored and distracted a few times. Drawing the sex out way too much. This isn't "Twilight". It's clearly not meant for tweens, so why are we being so guarded? Could be great so I'll continue reading. Just needs more direction and candidness.
25 . Boring and filled with Irrelevent Information
Posted May 19, 2011 by Rick , New YorkI'm with reviewer that said one star is overrating this amazingly boring text.
Although I have an interest in wine and food, I can't believe the amount of the book devoted to detailed descriptions of each meal, including snacks.
I was also initially interested in the characters and how the author created a modern day version of witches, vampires and demons. However, they all deteriorated into stereotypes - I mean are we suppose to be intrigued by real witches that spend hours preparing for Halloween baking cookies and carving pumpkins?
I also appreciate the concept of abstinence before (and in this book after) marriage, but about 100 pages less description of the comfort each partner felt falling asleep naked in each other's arms with nothing more satisfying than a few kisses and some caressing would have added to the credibility of the novel.
Can't believe people would want to read two more volumes of this childish tripe.
26 . loved this book, couldn't put it down! looking forward to more from this author!
Posted May 15, 2011 by tinaw , melbourne flthis was a great book!! Loved it and cant wait to read more from this author!
27 . loved it.
Posted May 07, 2011 by stella , torontoloved the book, you will not be disappointed
28 . LOVED IT
Posted May 01, 2011 by Cris , BrazilI absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait until the next book comes out. Great read, must read.
29 . Keep it short
Posted April 29, 2011 by j warner , fort collins, coloradoMy Gosh. Isn't a review a short paragraph? The people who complain the book went on and on with no plot, pretty much did the same in their review! Dont ! need to write a book about a book.
30 . What was the Discovery ???
Posted April 26, 2011 by Bev P , Delavan WIWas excited to read the book but after the first few chapters it got bogged down with so much other info like the flavor of wine, tea, and other boring details I almost forgot what the story was about. Would have enjoyed it a lot more if there was more action and not so much about how her hair smelt and how their hips felt against each other... Not what I thought it would be. Very disappointed in the end. Really not concerned if they return from the 1500,s or not.
February 08, 2011
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