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A Discovery of Witches

Harkness, Deborah E. (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.
Authors: Harkness, Deborah E., 1965-
Title: A discovery of witches
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
Characteristics: 579 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Deborah Harkness
Summary: Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.
ISBN: 9780670022410
0670022411
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARKNESS 2011
Subject Headings: Vampires Fiction Witches Fiction Alchemy Manuscripts Fiction Science and magic Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Love stories
Topical Term: Vampires
Witches
Alchemy
Science and magic
LCCN: 2010030425
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Scholar Diana Bishop mistakenly requests a bewitched manuscript for her research. She belongs to a family of witches--but because she's avoiding using her powers in favor of scientific pursuits, she sends the manuscript back into storage. What she doesn't realize is, she's already started down a ... Read More »

A book about Witches for those less inclined to read about witches.

Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of the manuscript releases an assortment of undead who threaten her.

Comment by: multcolib_lauralw Mar 12, 2014

Loved this supernatural romance and mystery! Great world building and interesting characters-really well developed.

Scholar Diana Bishop mistakenly requests a bewitched manuscript for her research.


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Mar 16, 2014
  • green_cat_2270 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is like that best mythical book on the planet!!!!! its still in a tye with twilight.
these two rich fairytale storys come to life in more ways then you can imagine one of my all time favorites

Mar 16, 2014
  • sapphire610 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

For some reason I can't comment on the Barnes and Nobles website so here it goes: I've been into mythical/fantasy novels lately, so this one was easy to pick up. It wasn't easy to read though, the characters were typical and so was the plot. I was upset by the character Diana the most, it was a sterotypical portrayal of a woman who falls in love with a vampire. I was on the last 100 pages and I could no longer read it anymore. It was as though her being a wife/mother was extremely more important than being the academic/historian she was amazing at being. I would have loved to see that side more. Instead of a "stubborn woman broken by love" so typical. Was just not into it.

Mar 12, 2014
  • BiblioKnitter rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The plot was predictable and the entire thing seemed forced. Way too much description of the main character wearing stretchy black pants. I nearly threw up in my mouth reading the yoga class chapter.

Mar 12, 2014
  • multcolib_lauralw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this supernatural romance and mystery! Great world building and interesting characters-really well developed.

Jan 11, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book!! I was hooked from the very beginning! The plot is so interesting with the ties to history and alchemy. It isn't your typical magical book with some love thrown in, it has so much much more than that. It mixes science, magic and alchemy to make for one powerfully, addicting book combination. I love the way she writes. She carries you away with the story and you feel as if you really come to understand the characters feelings, fears, loves, successes and failures. I can't wait to get started on the next one!

Jan 04, 2014
  • cat_moda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

After such horrible books as the Twilight series I was hesitant to read novels which featured witches, vampires, etc. But I am glad to have read this wonderful novel by Ms. Harkness. It is well written and at times suspenseful, funny or sweet, but always interesting, charming and even educational. It is a great read with a rich story and characters.

Sep 28, 2013
  • alb387 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing! Brilliant writing and excellent historical details. The pace is fast but not too fast for the reader to savor the details. The characters grow on you and you are reluctant to finish the book and say goodbye to them. Excellent read!

Great fun as a read. Lots of historical tidbits included. Can't wait to read the second installment.

Loved the book! I liked the way it took time for Diana and Matthew to get to know each other. instead of jumping into bed on the secound page and falling into love by the forth page. A lot happens to keep you interested

Aug 17, 2013
  • Marshmel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like supernatural and romance with abit of history, you will like this book. The pacing could be a bit faster.

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Oct 07, 2012
  • bribear rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 27, 2012
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Oct 24, 2011
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Diana Bishop is a witch in denial. An orphan born to a prominent witch family, she's ignoring her magical heritage to pour her energy into academia. She's travelled to Oxford's Bodleian Library to research a lecture she's giving on alchemy - but when she orders up one ancient manuscript, she unwittingly unleashes a maelstrom of supernatural power. Soon, she can't walk to her study carrel without tripping over some witch, vampire or demon brimming with curiosity or malicious intent. One such creature is Matthew Clairmont, a handsome fellow academic with a sanguine disposition. As other supernatural creatures become more threatening, Diana finds herself warily grateful for the help he offers. Can she survive the powers she's unleashed to become the witch she's meant to be? Is the real Matthew the kind, chivalrous man she's come to know, or the bloodthirsty hunter of whom she finds hints? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of the uneasy worldwide peace between witches, demons, vampires and humans.<br />

Like *Harry Potter*, *A Discovery of Witches* features an orphaned witch with latent legendary powers who encounters a great evil. It shares a great sense of mythology and place, too – you can practically smell the Bodleian when you're reading, and Oxford almost becomes extra character in the book. Diana's aunts' bewitched home in Wisconsin shares the same haunted architectural quirks readers loved in Hogwarts. And, like *Twilight*, an apparently-doomed romance with plenty of sexual tension and a sense of destiny takes centre stage in the action (but be forewarned: readers frustrated by the unresolved tension or the gender politics in *Twilight* will find themselves pretty annoyed with this book, too). This first book in the *All Souls* trilogy will also appeal to readers who enjoy the time travel elements and exhaustive research of authors like Diana Gabaldon (*Outlander* series) and Susanna Kearsley (*The Winter Sea*, *Marianna*). Other potential appeal factors include emphases on yoga, literature, and serious wine and book collecting. A great story to pick up for Hallowe'en, you'd best read the book now while the hold list is short, because the movie rights have already been purchased by Warner Bros. Oh, and good news for your future addiction issues: The second book, *Shadow of Night*, is anticipated for a summer 2012 release.

Jun 27, 2011
  • beauty1492 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

Jun 05, 2011
  • driffle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Slow at the beginning but reached a point where I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for next book in series!

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May 14, 2012
  • mayfairlady rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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