"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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31 . Where is the climax?
Posted April 24, 2011 by BSouza , Boston, MAI found this book slow at times. I really got intimate with the characters. I guess I missed the climax of the story. I am assuming there will be a sequel, but I guess that remains to be seen. Be prepared to be disappointing.
32 . Loved this book!!
Posted April 11, 2011 by Michele , United StatesI am a big fan of the Twilight series and also the Sookie Stackhouse novels, so I was reluctant to buy this book thinking it would be like every other one out there.
I did see some similarities to other books, but I loved the way this author wrote. I loved all the characters and how they 'fit' in with the story. It was interesting to me to picture the modern day and how witches and daemons were created, how all three co-existed. Very entertaining read with a little history lesson.
33 . I'd give her 2nd book a look....
Posted April 09, 2011 by IMLizard , Lebanon, PAThis is the author's first stab at fiction. It is a legit first book and I did enjoy it, however....I do hope that she will learn from her first book and improve on the second. Since the humans in this story are pretty much ignored, I'd like to see the daemons fleshed out a bit, as well as the witches. This book drags in some places and is too detail-heavy in parts where it doesn't need to be. The relationships are interesting, but....a word of caution to the author....there is a delicate and fine line between delicious tension in a relationship and teeth-grinding frustration. One is enjoyable, the other is just unhappiness. Just saying.
I did enjoy this book. I see lots of potential there. I hope that the evolution of this author (pun intended) will continue!
34 . Good Read
Posted April 06, 2011 by bluestockings , Burlington, wiI wanted to love this book, but I would tend to agree with the other reviewers like "Book Chick City ". The book was so long and it seemed to but just one long set up for the coming sequels. It wasn't a terribly exciting read, but I can see great potential for so much more. The writing was beautiful and very descriptive.
I am hoping the sequels have more meat to them, or something.
35 . loved it
Posted April 04, 2011 by Mcantrelle , Cleveland, TNIt was a great story that I couldn't but down and then was so sad when it was over!
36 . I loved it!
Posted April 02, 2011 by Irishredgirl , DallasThis was an excellent book. It was a little slow to get into but when I did I could not put it down. I loved the main characters! The super natural element was superb! I can't wait for the next book. This is very well written and I loved the house Diana grew up in! A must read!
37 . Quirky good read
Posted April 02, 2011 by Claire , DublinThis first book had a little bit of every type of storyline and managed to meld them together nicely! Mystery. Time Travel. Historical trivia & facts. Withches & Vampires. Antagonistic heroine/hero who must work together. Family dynamics. Quirky characters abound. As well as dastardly villains!
Enjoyed it and am eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.
38 . Wait til it goes on sale or get it from the library
Posted March 26, 2011 by jgftdf , VAI was excited about this book but ended up pretty disappointed. Out of nearly 600 pages, about 20 were exciting. WAY too much time spent on intricate details about manuscripts and WAY too little on character development. I didn't like or even feel like I knew any of the characters. And to top it all off...SPOILER ALERT...no resolution at the end. I assume author is thinking sequel. I'd definitely borrow it from someone or somewhere rather than purchasing.
39 . Can't wait for the Sequels
Posted March 19, 2011 by Leslie , Corpus ChristiIn the past year I have read over 100 books and this is one of the best I have read. I can't believe that this is her 1st novel as she keeps you intrigued from start to finish. The characters are complex and the story line is unpredictable. It would be very hard for someone not to fall in love with the characters. I just hope she doesn't wait a year like a lot of authors to come out with the 2nd book. GREAT JOB!!!
40 . Great Engaging Read
Posted March 17, 2011 by Janet Arnold , Oklahoma CityAs a High School English/Reading teacher I try to stay up with books my students may enjoy. I chose this book to read for my kids but it is aimed at adults. I loved it. It was like a cross between the Twilight Series and Harry Potter but written for older readers. I felt that although it was an easy read, it engaged the reader and held my attention. I will look forward to Harkness' next book with anticipation.
February 08, 2011
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