A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 8, 2011 - Fiction - 592 pages
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Book one of the New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People)

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, 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 tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014.


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The characterisation was pretty good. - LibraryThing
I found Harkness's writing style way too distracting. - LibraryThing
It drags down the fairly interesting plot. - LibraryThing
The plot kinda got lost for me in the middle too. - LibraryThing
The beginning and ending were the best parts. - LibraryThing
The plot was interesting at first. - LibraryThing

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This book was like a lukewarm bath for me. It had potential to be great, but it just didn't quite make it there. The love story didn't quite warm up enough, the magic just scratched the surface, and ... Read full review

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There were parts where I wondered if this will be un-necessarily too long--maybe knowing that there were two more books to read and that this first book was the 'set-up' hindered the unraveling of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles.

Visit www.deborahharkness.com and follow “Deborah Harkness” on Facebook and @DebHarkness on Twitter.

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