A Discovery of Witches eBook by Deborah Harkness Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Though I have found books in various genres that have made me feel that exquisite thrill of reading something you positively adore and it somehow clicks inside of you a level of pleasure other books cannot, I hadn't had a read that so completely enthralled me as this one did for a very long time. Forgetting genres. Forgetting age-orientation. Forgetting style. I loved it thoroughly! The story was just my type, full of mystery and tragedy, of drama and irony. It is a tale in which both the magic and the romance are of just the right quantity. There were interesting facts and sarcastic comments which made it both realistic and charging. I couldn't stop reading - the madness lasted for a whole day and a half, till I read the last sentence! Most people get scared of the size of this first installment and decide it is too full of details and so - too slow. But it is not. On the contrary, the story is dynamic and full of changes, but it also brings every separate part into sharp focus and makes those who have delved into the plot that much more interested. And the amount of research done for the creation of this book must have been... enormous! Not just that, it is obvious the author is passionate about subjects as far apart as wine, alchemy, geography, mythology, horses and history. Miss Harkness has one great mind, and an admirable encyclopedic knowledge. Her characters are alive and eccentric, with loads of history, issues and secrets. They are a great number, all of them well-developed and having their own intriguing fates. The power-play and the relationship-ties made for an intense read. I was dying by the end to learn what will happen next in their twisted destinies. And now I'm waiting for the book to come out with my favourite art cover so I could add it to my paperback collection... and read it again. For those who even the many praises above won't be enough to intrigue, I'll add this - the book was hardly out when it was translated into Bulgarian and was in the bookstores in my country, and not many book hits have received this treatment, though some have movie-prospects. Cannot wait to read the next one in the trilogy! But I'll have to. Will have to console myself for now with the upcoming paperback release and following up the author's leaks of what comes next. P.S. Just finished my third reading, this time my own personal paperback. Many secrets became clearer, others got clogged, and still others emerged in this one - all sent tingles down my spine, and I love that intensity. Now I'm both dying and afraid to read the next installment, for there were dark suggestions about Matthew, which the Book 2 annotation brings even more sharply out.
Deborah Harkness' debut novel, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel, is amazing. I was drawn in from the first and
did not want to put it down. It's like a mature Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) meets The Da Vinci Code. The characters are interesting and complex, the story is exciting without being too ambitious or overcomplicated. The book held me spellbound and is responsible for a few hours of lost sleep. It's an historical-supernatural-romance-adventure-mystery--my favorite genres wrapped into an exceptionally good book. Diana Bishop is not going to use her magic--at least, that's what she keeps telling herself. She is the last in a long line of powerful witches, with a father as powerful as her mother. However, having lost her parents when she was seven years old has turned her away from her heritage and her magic. While researching alchemical manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, she comes in contact with a volume that reaches out to her magic. Panicked, she returns the book to the stacks, but it is too late--word is out that she has discovered the lost Ashmole 782 and now all species of creatures are after her. Enter Matthew Clairmont, renowned scientist and vampire. He has been searching for Ashmole 782 for centuries and is determined to retrieve the book Diana has recalled. He feels drawn to Diana, feeling the need to protect her from the other creatures, despite witches and vampires being notorious separatists. They are thrown into an uneasy friendship when the worlds of witches, vampires and daemons descend upon Diana, all looking for the manuscript. A Discovery of Witches: A Novel is one of the best books I've read in quite a while. It's clearly written to have a sequel, possibly more than one, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading.
When I picked this book up I wasn't sure what I was going to be reading. I am so happy I did though. This book gripped me from the first page and was near impossible to put down. It's a big book but you do not notice the size once you are in Harkness' world. It's has an excellent pace, takes you on roads you wouldn't have imagined, and the world of vampires, witches, humans and daemons created in the novel is how I picture our world with them in it. Harkness' writing style is fun, believable, sophisticated, and so much more. She even gives the readers who are not fans of paranormal an out, she bases her paranormal creatures on science. I was reminded of J.K. Rowling when reading this novel because of the vast knowledge, references, researched theories, suggestions, etc the reader is given/shown. It is very smart but it fits right into the world created. This is not your typical make fun of it paranormal, it's excellent fiction. The only draw back is it's a cliffhanger ending that makes you want to re-read the book over and over until the next in the All Souls Trilogy comes out.
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