A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022410
Characteristics: 579 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 10, 2020

Done - at long last. This book held such promise - science, history, magic, and who doesn't love a tall, dark vampire? Unfortunately, it dragged on and on and on.... and on. It was a chore to read, but I did finish it, with no interest in reading the rest of the trilogy. I'm a little sad about that because it has such rave reviews. I do plan to watch the tv series, mostly because of Matthew Goode! :)

Apr 04, 2020

The story is interesting but ruined by weak female characters, controlling men that none of the women have a problem with, and obvious segregation of sexes. It’s strange, I never thought of myself as a feminist before, but the characters in this book make me so extremely agitated and uncomfortable that I apparently am. I think the author intends the love interest to be romantic and protective but he’s really just so creepy and controlling that if any of my girls dated a guy like that I’d split them like a banana! And it just doesn’t let up so good luck finishing this book.

Mar 08, 2020

Book one of All Souls Trilogy

Feb 13, 2020

I loved this book. It's long and complex and you get to know the characters. I am glad I got to disappear in this world of daemons, vampires and witches.
It won't be to everyone's cup of tea and for me it's going on my to own shelf.

Jan 28, 2020

I really really wanted to like this book. I was very excited for the intersection of science and magic but that's not actually what the book is about, it's basically Twilight, yuck. Diana has no agency and is such a cliche it gets hard to read. The book is full of tropes that are so tired it becomes impossible to enjoy the story. Not to mention Harkness clearly has no idea how archives and special collections actually work.

Jan 06, 2020

If I had a dollar for every time:

>>Matthew and Diana sniff each other
>>Diana reminds us Matthew is French
>>someone talks about “possessive rituals” without actually describing what they are
>>Matthew gives Diana a gift that’s supposed to blow us out of the water
>>”long white legs”
>>”long white body”
>>Matthew carries Diana because she forgot how to walk
>>someone mentions Diana’s hair
>>Diana drinks tea
>>Matthew does something “possessively”
>>Diana explains something...again
>>Marthe prepares food

I could upgrade my iPhone.

There is a really great premise here, and I can feel the author’s passion for history. But only makes the rest of the writing feel weaker by comparison.

Dec 29, 2019

Alchemy/Potions, etc

Dec 06, 2019

Amazing book

Groszerita Nov 20, 2019

I was drawn into this story because of the magical elements, history and romance. I needed a distraction from life and this was it. It pulled me in and I am hooked. I will continue with this series!

Nov 13, 2019

A fantastic start to a fantasy series
A witch who has ignored her powers feels them re-awaken in Oxford as she does research on alchemy and encounters a vampire interested in the same book.
The story is far removed from the world of young magicians or young love. Instead, we see a budding partnership, collaboration and even romance blossom between Dr. Diana Bishop, hidden witch, and Matthew de Clermont, vampire. But it is the richness of every place and event that overwhelms the senses...Oxford comes alive, his castle in France is a presence all on its own, the changing relationship between Diana the witch and Ysabeau the mother-in-law vampire, and even the life in America with Diana's aunts. Each segment is visual, sensual, tangible to the reader. Yet at the same time, it combines all the magical elements with DNA tests and the use of science.
The sheer magnitude of the story is hard to keep straight with all the characters and the various histories that intertwine. There is also not enough info about demons, while an abundance for vampires and witches. And the ending is basically "to be continued".
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

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Mar 08, 2020

Extremely reminiscent of Anne Rice, if that helps any. In my opinion, this was better though. I've read the first two books, and have the third on hold.

Jul 24, 2016

When reading this book, I constantly fluctuated between wondering why I was reading it and not being able to put it down. Some parts I really didn't care for -- I am not a huge fan of romance in my fantasy books, but others, like the description of witches and their talents was pretty great. The book takes place in a world where witches, vampires, and daemons exist alongside humans, but are not allowed to mingle each other. This all changes when the heroine, a witch who has been denying her witchcraft, discovers a manuscript that everyone is looking for, and meets a dashing vampire. I admit, I will be reading the second book in the series soon. I also admit that it's not the best witchcraft novel I have ever read. I much preferred Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

AnneDromeda Oct 24, 2011

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.

beauty1492 Jun 27, 2011

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

driffle Jun 05, 2011

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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