A Discovery of Witches
"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... show more
"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.
Publish date: December 27th 2011
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...