"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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41 . If you can get through the first 200 pages, it gets better.
Posted March 16, 2011 by Jasmyn , PeoriaThe entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking of the Twilight books. This is a lot like Twilight with a few changes and geared more to adults. The first 200 pages or so were a little boring to me but I kept going and it got a lot better. My only gripe after that was the ending wasn't really an ending. I understand leaving it open for the next book but it drives me crazy when you get no kind of ending in one book because the author is counting on the next one. Overall, a nice read.
42 . Love it
Posted March 16, 2011 by JjS , New YorkI love this book one of my favorites. Does anyone have information about when the next one will be out?
43 . loved it
Posted March 11, 2011 by Nikki , NYcant wait for the next book!
44 . Gets Better as it Goes Along
Posted March 02, 2011 by Quilts2 , Western SpringsLike some of the other reviewers, I found the too muchness of magic, vampires, demons, magic, ghosts, and all manner of political evil disconcerting at first. However, once the story got beyond introducing multiple characters with various talents at various times and concentrated on the development of a few major characters the book began to move quickly. The idea of a scholarly heroine is interesting although Diana has every power known...including time travel. Enough already! Nonetheless, I will follow the story into the next book because there is one criticism that cannot be made about this book-the history is fantastic.
45 . Loved this book.
Posted February 26, 2011 by Dbaker , So CAThis was a new twist on the supernatural. Very well done. One of those books you don't want to put down.
46 . Fantasy for adult
Posted February 25, 2011 by Nancy , New BernI dread the day I finish this book. I am unable to find other e-books by Deborah Harkness within the Sony ereader, so I am searching. This book is now one of my favorites. It is geared toward adults without all the forced verbage of body parts, it is well written.
February 08, 2011
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