A Discovery of Witches Online 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 What did I think? What did I think? I thought this book was incredibly written. The historical information and the scientific information and the overall story gripped me from the beginning and I couldn't put it down for anything this weekend. Diana - a strong female character that doesn't want to be coddled and stands strong... While at times in the beginning I thought she was just being foolish about her powers, I came to find out there were extenuating circumstances for the situation she was in magically. Matthew... Good lord what can be said about him... His character is intriguing... Being as old as he is, his story hooked me. His connection to Diana was so well written beautifully done. His protectiveness and brutality is so contradictory that it intrigued me. Even trying to hide his true self from her wasn't possible. Their past present and future are tied together and i can't wait to see how that all plays out. the last third of the book had me up until almost 3 am trying to uncover secret after secret and while I'm a little concerned by a comment made in the last few pages and something said a bit earlier, I'm incredibly excited to see what happens. Summer 2012 can't come soon enough that's for sure. Ps... Matthew.... Yes please.. I have found my newest fic crush for sure
Enthralling and atmospheric--a pleasure throughout. This book leads you on an adventure in cross-cultural relations--between witches and vampires. It's not just a "what would happen if a vampire fell in love with a witch" story, though; there's lots more to it. There's a mystery surrounding a manuscript our heroine calls up from the stacks, a book that may have extraordinary powers, the charm of a heroine just becoming aware of who she really is, and the underlying politics of three closed societies suddenly thrown in with one another. It's also a pleasure to read. The author weaves her ambiances deftly. We are taken to the musty confines of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, with which the author as an Elizabethan scholar is clearly familiar. And we're also taken to a clean country setting in upstate New York where our heroine's quirky family of witches lives in their centuries-old, semi-animate house. In an inspired touch, the house is most definitely a family member, with strong opinions that it expresses by hiding things from the inhabitants, groaning expressively, and even creating new rooms for itself when visitors are expected. Thoroughly delightful!
Wow, a 5-star book and added to my all time favorite. The book received mixed reviews in Amazon, where lots
of 5-stars were mixed with one and two stars. After finishing the book, I can finally see why. "A Discovery of Witches" is about a woman, who's well-educated and a history professor in Oxford. She came from a line of witches, but reluctant and never learned to use magic since her parents were killed when she was little. The author has in depth knowledge not only about history, but also science, architecture, Europe, culinary delights and wine..The book immediately reminded me of "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, since both story took me to places in Europe that I've never been and historical periods that were so enlightening. The bad reviews were from readers that complained about "lack of sex", "too much eating", "too much courting" or "too many food details...." or just plain "boring", but for a science, travel, and history buff like me, it's a delight. It's like a private tour to Europe and back in time, while learning about food and wine along the way. The complexity of the story and in depth descriptions of history and science can turn off younger readers...or readers looking for an easy read like Twilight. The story will be a delight for people who actually enjoy accurate scientific, historical, culinary and geographical information. The author has a wealth of knowledge and a unique style of writing and she's willing to share. Having one or two fully developed characters is fairly successful for a new author like her, but making me fall in love with almost ALL of the characters(>10), that had almost never happened in my reading life. I tremendously enjoyed "A Discovery of Witches"...I hope you do, too. Can't wait for the second book in the series...
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