A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 5,275 Ratings

Description

"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.

Reviews

  • Slow starting off, but ending is great!

    4
    By Whit0409
    Booked was very detailed. Almost hard to get the the story with all the details. But then it all ties together where you needed to know about these details. The second book in the trilogy is 5 stars. Great imagination and love the characters.
  • Compelling for sure, but...

    4
    By Doctorbrooke
    ...the author seems to have read the Twilight series a few two many times and taken it as vampire gospel. Apparently it is historically accurate that there are good vampires which abstain from killing good people and who fall desperately in love at a moment's notice.
  • 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿

    5
    By Ginga12
    This was the most amazing trilogy I have ever read
  • So boring...

    1
    By JaredLambert
    It is just so boring. The characters and the setting, hell even the creatures are boring. She makes demons boring. Which is pretty impressive in itself.
  • Amazing book

    5
    By Madd 311
    This book will keep u on ur toes when u think I got other plot figured out it changes this book is a great mix of vampire and witches and even daemons a must read for anyone who likes the super natural
  • Fantastic Through Every Page

    5
    By awesometastical
    I could not put this down for a full weekend (poor neglected fam), but for good reason! Its been a long while since a book interested me this much, and I know it will be a book I read again. I would 100% recommend anyone into magical fantasy books read this.
  • Amazing book

    5
    By Goofy redneck
    Started out a little slow but the more and more I read the more I became part of the story myself imagining I was there with Matthew and Diana
  • Captivating Story!

    5
    By Cpitcock
    I liked this book at least as much reading it the 2nd time as I did the first go around. I found Diana to be a wonderful character, and it was interesting to see her realize the power she held as a witch. Matthew was also great, and I loved how protective he was toward Diana. The story was fast paced and completely captivating. I enjoyed the way the story took us from Oxford, to France, and then to New York. When Diana calls up a volume from Oxford's Bodleian Library, she is suddenly in the cross hairs of witches, of which she is one, daemons, and vampires. Danger seems to follow in her footsteps. Thee manuscript she viewed seems to be tied to her parents' death when she was only seven years of age, and it appears that they spellbound her for her protection shortly before that. Even though the different types of non humans don't normally mix together, soon Diana is falling for and being protected by Matthew, an ancient vampire. As they try to puzzle out what is going on, Diana finds that she wields more power as a witch than she ever dreamed. This story was delightful and very well written. It had superb characters, a very intriguing storyline, and settings that enhanced the story. All of these elements come together to create a book that is unique and exciting.
  • One of the best books

    5
    By Luceagain
    I've read in a long time. Fascinating and unusual tale of mystical creatures that does not disappoint.
  • A discovery of witches

    5
    By Bookwormbrat
    This book is by far a good beginning of a trilogy. If you like witches, vampires, spells, and time travel you got to read it.