Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy), A

Deborah Harkness
"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

Reviewed: 2018-10-30

This book is a fascinating mix of genetics and magic.  For some reason I got a bit bored in the middle.  Idea is 5 star, execution not so much.

 

Reviewed: 2018-07-24

Well, honestly, I found the romance writing to be a bit cringe-worthy. It was a bit like reading about Bella/Edward all over again. But unlike Twilight, this book actually has a good deal more plot to it than just the romance! And the other plot elements are really intriguing. I really want to find out how everything is truly tied together and what is in the mysterious manuscript, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going to read the rest of the trilogy.

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