A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries - and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series - with an extra serving of historical realism.
©2011 Deborah Harkness (P)2011 Penguin
Only had the audio.
The Highlander Series because both transport you there with words and imagery
Easy to listen to, understandable and believable.
Not extreme, but a reaction never-the-less. It did evoke emotions.
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
REALLY slow starting but worth the wait, once it got moving it was very enjoyable. Though the ending was disappointing it did leave the reader looking forward to the next novel.
A nie twist on traditional lore.
I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of the various characters.
Not a chance!
I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!
I bought the book and liked it so much I bought the audio book to listen to again 6 months later. There is a lot of detail as it's a very long book at 24 hours of listening time, and I thought I could hear it/read it again without boredom. Today I just finished the audio book and I'm sad. I have to wait till July 2012 for the next one???? Say it isn't so!
The book is exceptionally well written and the old sciences were fascinating. I knew just enough from my own readings to recognize some of the alchemical elements. To have a story tied into alchemy, with history and an intriguing twist on vampires, witches and demons, well, just buy the book so you can find out yourself!! It's VERY well done and the demons here are not from hell at all. In fact, there were no discussions at all on heaven or hell.
READ this book! It's interesting and keeps coming up with twists I had not expected. It boggles my mind as to how much research this writer had to do before even beginning to write this book, much less keeping it all straight! She tied everything together so well that I was never wondering 'Who said what, or who was that or when?'.
I've given the book 5 stars all the way around. The narrator was fabulous, although I think the character of Diana spoke softer at times than I would have! But other than that, the voices were easy to follow and understand.
I'm so bummed the next book isn't out yet....
I think this book was a smart take on a very trendy genre.
The narrator is great, she switches from one accent to another effortlessly and her cadence makes listening a pleasure. She is definitely one of my favs.
The premise of the story was great, and for the first 3/4 of the book I couldn't stop listening... but then I got a little bored with all the logistics. I'd still recommend this book, and I'm sure I'll make time for the sequel- it just wasn't a five-star listen.
In short- the writing was great, the narrator was marvelous, the story was just trying a little too hard.
Motorcycling and listening to books. A perfect day.
bewitching, engrosssing, romantic
Their first kiss.
No, but pray, she does the entire series!
How can we wait for July for the second in the trilogy?
Retired USN! I enjoy movies, books, traveling and making quilts.
If your looking for and outstanding book with all the characters, (ie witches, vampries, demons, and a excellent story line this is a must. I am so looking for to her next book in this series. Harkness writes brillantly.
Matthew, he has old fashion ideas for a vamp
This was just a story that took elements of twilight and trueblood and added wicca. Not bad but drawn out and began to get borring.
Voices were ok but sounded like vampire diaries.
Borderline child book
Aaaaaargh. I hate cliffhangers, especially when I catch a great series at the first book and have to wait for subsequent books. This one is wonderful, it took a little bit of time to get into, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. The characters are quirky and offbeat, the mystery is really still a mystery (bummer!) and I'm all set for the next in the series.
I just finished this audio book and am wanting to know more about these characters. What will happen next...? Please Ms. Harkness don't keep me in suspense too long.... Excellent narration by Jennifer Ikeda and the story is well written. Thank you...
Retired Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.
A Discovery of Witches is a paranormal romance. It's a love story first, and a mystery after that. I listened to this book while friends read it. I enjoyed it way more than they did due to the excellent narration. I think the book could have been a bit shorter, and I think the romance was too overdone. If I hear the phrase "moi couer" one more time, I think I'll scream.
Even with those drawbacks, I enjoyed the story. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book, hoping that the same narrator does the job.
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