A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

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Book one of the New York Times -bestselling All Souls Series--"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight " ( People ).

Now "[a] hot show that's like Twilight meets Outlander " ( Thrillist ) airing on AMC and BBC America, as well as streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.

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 , book three, The Book of Life , and the fourth in the series, Time's Convert .
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022410
Characteristics: 579 p. ; 24 cm.


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Oct 27, 2020

After watching the made for TV series of book 1, I knew I had to read the books. Book 1 did not disappoint. I love Matthew and Diana's love story and enjoyed following them in their pursuit for love and happiness.

Oct 19, 2020

I enjoyed both the DVD series and the books. Of course the books go into more detail. But the DVD series is so well done. It pulls the whole story together much tighter, leaving out any unnecessary detail from the book. I like that I have visited some of these places in the story, and Harkness also incorporates other countries into the story as well as English history. I'm looking forward to the release of the rest of the DVD series based on the follow-up 2 books. It has good actors and has a far more interesting and intelligent stortyline than say Twilight.

Oct 04, 2020

NOT what I hoped. Too cliche and I don't appreciate a possessive and controlling spouse. I loved hearing about the architecture and history of Oxford but the story had little to offer otherwise. I Think my favorite parts were the Yoga classes and they had little significance to the actual story.
I DO like the way the author writes but not interested in learning about Royals or England SO I probably won't read on.

Aug 26, 2020

This was an interesting take on the fantasy world of vampires, demons, and witches. Initially, I wasn't too keen on the male-female dynamic of the two protagonists (Diana and Matthew), especially with such a powerful and strong heroine. The ease with which she transitioned into being more submissive and obedient seemed out of character for the woman who was initially introduced in the novel...but the connection of vampires to wolves and her curiosity about instinctive nature made that more and more palatable. I was actually rooting for them in the end.

Other than my initial skepticism about Diana and Matthew's relationship, I really enjoyed the novel and am pleasantly surprised with how much I like the second novel in the series, as well.

Jul 17, 2020

This is like Twilight except the main character is a witch instead of human, the vampire is not that stalking creepy, more adult contents (no, not that kind, just history and conversations are among grown adults) and the mystery of magic was what kept me going. It started out slow but get really exciting when the relationship between Diana and Matthew starts to develop. I’m not sure if I was going through a reading slump but the end seems to dragged on or slowed down too much for me. Spoiler (sort of), the end of this book is not the end of the story. It is a trilogy so there’s two other books + a spin off book on one of the other characters so I guess the saga continues?!?

Jul 08, 2020

Wow; this was...terrible. I haven't read "Twilight", but I assume this is a knockoff of that, in a lot of ways. No character development (actually, the protagonist- a woman- gets more childlike as the book goes on), controlling men, dumb, unbelievable love story. Shucks- I wanted a fun book with witchcraft, and this was NOT it.

Apr 10, 2020

Done - at long last. This book held such promise - science, history, magic, and who doesn't love a tall, dark vampire? Unfortunately, it dragged on and on and on.... and on. It was a chore to read, but I did finish it, with no interest in reading the rest of the trilogy. I'm a little sad about that because it has such rave reviews. I do plan to watch the tv series, mostly because of Matthew Goode! :)

Apr 04, 2020

The story is interesting but ruined by weak female characters, controlling men that none of the women have a problem with, and obvious segregation of sexes. It’s strange, I never thought of myself as a feminist before, but the characters in this book make me so extremely agitated and uncomfortable that I apparently am. I think the author intends the love interest to be romantic and protective but he’s really just so creepy and controlling that if any of my girls dated a guy like that I’d split them like a banana! And it just doesn’t let up so good luck finishing this book.

Mar 08, 2020

Book one of All Souls Trilogy

Feb 13, 2020

I loved this book. It's long and complex and you get to know the characters. I am glad I got to disappear in this world of daemons, vampires and witches.
It won't be to everyone's cup of tea and for me it's going on my to own shelf.

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Mar 08, 2020

Extremely reminiscent of Anne Rice, if that helps any. In my opinion, this was better though. I've read the first two books, and have the third on hold.

Jul 24, 2016

When reading this book, I constantly fluctuated between wondering why I was reading it and not being able to put it down. Some parts I really didn't care for -- I am not a huge fan of romance in my fantasy books, but others, like the description of witches and their talents was pretty great. The book takes place in a world where witches, vampires, and daemons exist alongside humans, but are not allowed to mingle each other. This all changes when the heroine, a witch who has been denying her witchcraft, discovers a manuscript that everyone is looking for, and meets a dashing vampire. I admit, I will be reading the second book in the series soon. I also admit that it's not the best witchcraft novel I have ever read. I much preferred Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

AnneDromeda Oct 24, 2011

Diana Bishop is a witch in denial. An orphan born to a prominent witch family, she's ignoring her magical heritage to pour her energy into academia. She's travelled to Oxford's Bodleian Library to research a lecture she's giving on alchemy - but when she orders up one ancient manuscript, she unwittingly unleashes a maelstrom of supernatural power. Soon, she can't walk to her study carrel without tripping over some witch, vampire or demon brimming with curiosity or malicious intent. One such creature is Matthew Clairmont, a handsome fellow academic with a sanguine disposition. As other supernatural creatures become more threatening, Diana finds herself warily grateful for the help he offers. Can she survive the powers she's unleashed to become the witch she's meant to be? Is the real Matthew the kind, chivalrous man she's come to know, or the bloodthirsty hunter of whom she finds hints? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of the uneasy worldwide peace between witches, demons, vampires and humans.<br />

Like *Harry Potter*, *A Discovery of Witches* features an orphaned witch with latent legendary powers who encounters a great evil. It shares a great sense of mythology and place, too – you can practically smell the Bodleian when you're reading, and Oxford almost becomes extra character in the book. Diana's aunts' bewitched home in Wisconsin shares the same haunted architectural quirks readers loved in Hogwarts. And, like *Twilight*, an apparently-doomed romance with plenty of sexual tension and a sense of destiny takes centre stage in the action (but be forewarned: readers frustrated by the unresolved tension or the gender politics in *Twilight* will find themselves pretty annoyed with this book, too). This first book in the *All Souls* trilogy will also appeal to readers who enjoy the time travel elements and exhaustive research of authors like Diana Gabaldon (*Outlander* series) and Susanna Kearsley (*The Winter Sea*, *Marianna*). Other potential appeal factors include emphases on yoga, literature, and serious wine and book collecting. A great story to pick up for Hallowe'en, you'd best read the book now while the hold list is short, because the movie rights have already been purchased by Warner Bros. Oh, and good news for your future addiction issues: The second book, *Shadow of Night*, is anticipated for a summer 2012 release.

beauty1492 Jun 27, 2011

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

driffle Jun 05, 2011

Slow at the beginning but reached a point where I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for next book in series!


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