A Discovery of Witches
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research.... show more
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
Publish date: 2011-02
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Pages no: 579
Edition language: English
Series: All Souls Trilogy (#1)
Well, A Discovery of Witches is a lengthy tome, and I still hold that if you put Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane into a blender and hit pulverize, you'd get this on the other end. On the other hand, Harkness writes better than either Stephenie Meyer or Katherine Ho...
I don't remember how I got my hands on this trilogy, but I am glad that I did! The story Meet Diana. A witch and a historian. Well not that kind of witch because you see when Diana was young she lost her parents and decided that she didn't want to do anything with magic. So she continues living...
Enthralling read! Especially the last half of the book. Witches, Vampires, and daemons coexist and even work together for the same end. These characters were pretty interesting and well thought out too. For the most part anyway... there was one part in the book that totally conflicted everything you...
A little drawn out and repetitive, could have used a heavier handed editor - 600 pages was far longer than it needed to be to tell part one of this story. I also didn't expect so much romance, but to be fair I can just about always do with less romance. It's about 80% romance, 10% magic, 10% history...
1.5 stars The author seems like a very intelligent woman and the ideas in itself are nice (Darwin's evolution theory explaining vampires is very interesting), but my god, the dialogues were just excruciatingly painful. The love story was even worse, if possible. Sadly, this covered about 90% of the...