A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 5,257 Ratings


"A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight."

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.


  • 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿

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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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

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

    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.

    By Chokabites
    Ok..it is a good story. Great characters, interesting plot line... He trouble with the book is he author's inability to pace the novel. The story is essentially all about uncovering secrets. Yet, every time a secret is bout to be exposed, the heroine 1) can't take it emotionally and needs to rest. 2) can't take it physically and needs to rest. 3) has dealt with too much today already and decides to wait a couple of weeks before bringing it up again or 4) just doesn't want to deal with it. Rather than sitting by the edge of my seat waiting for the secret to be exposed, I found myself bored at the filler, and frustrated that the author was essentially dragging the story out.
  • Oh no

    By Lollipop080907
    I've never written a review before but I just had to for this book. The first 200 pages are amazing, I read them in 3 hours, but after that the storyline is miserable. It turns from captivating to twilight with record speed. Actually worse than Twilight... DO NOT GET ATTACHED TO THIS BOOK! The storyline goes in even more directions than this terrible review (I apologize) and after recommending it to all my friends I had to call them up embarrassed and apologize for how bad it is. If you want another vampire romance then go ahead, but it honestly left me nauseated and empty, wanting my time back. Please just don't buy this, just don't.