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
I've listened to it more than once - that is how much I enjoyed it. I cannot wait for book 2! No complaints here :)
Yes, I've listened to it many times already! The reader is fantastic.
Absolutely! I listened to it in two long sessions because of it's length.
Please, please use the same reader for the two other books in the series! She was fabulous! I am very anxious to listen to the rest of the series when it comes out.
To those who enjoy run-of-the-mill romance novels, this book will be a winner. I find the romance chick lit formula to be dull, however, and so am finding it very difficult to summon up much interest. By the description, I hoped that the mystery plot would be more engaging than it is; the supernatural mystery really just serves to throw pretty witch and sexy vampire into each other's arms.The characters are also two-dimensional and predictable.Generally, the reader is fine, though I always find it disconcerting when a reader mispronounces words, especially when acting the part of a supposedly super-smart first person narrator. This reader makes such flubs occasionally; don't audiobooks have editors to handle such gaffes?
I have only read the audio version - However, will purchase the printed edition for friends and family.
It moves very quickly - AND there is never a dull moment.
Wonderful accents - a delight to hear. Makes the story come alive.
No laughing, no crying - just shear delight from beginning to end.
I read (and loved) Harry Potter that was purchased for the grandkids, way back when! My main read has been adventure (Jack Dubrul, Cussler, Preston & Child etc) and bios. Just purchased this for something different.
Now, I am not sure how I am going to wait until July for the 2 book in the series!
Although it begins a little slowly, staying with this book is well worth the effort. I enjoyed the time that is spent developing the characters and the different feel that is developed with each location in the work. I am excited for the second book!
Matthew Clairmont is my most liked character because he brings historical references into the mix due to his centuries of existence
There were moments when I didn't want to stop listening and other moments where I felt the story dragged a bit, but overall I really enjoyed the book! I have recommended this book to all my girlfriends.
I love how this fictional tale has historical detail added to make it feel real to the reader!
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
Wow, I stumbled on this story and I am really glad I did. I can't remember why it caught my eye, but I am thankful it did. The story is deep with interwoven patterns and pieces, that made this book impossible to turn off. It was long but, I kept listening, dying to hear the next part. Its unique view on vampires, witches and demons is new and refreshing. I felt like I knew each character personally, and each chapter I grew more and more emphatic to their cause. Each chapter built on the previous until the story became real and so believable.
I must admit the ending was frustrating because I wasn't ready to let go yet. There is so much more to do and say I will be anxiously waiting for the next book to come out. The narrator was good, and fit this style of writing, she made each character real and didn't overdo it. Great book, trust me if you want an in-depth account of the supernatural, told in a way you probably haven't heard yet, listen to this. If you want a superficial book that only tells one layer of the supernatural then this is not for you.
A rare story that cuts to your heart, with the weave of history in a way only a true lover of history would see it. It reminds you how much history still walks with us everyday, not only in books.
I enjoyed her voice, it is very musical.
Say something about yourself!
Firstly, the author offers a credible nod to alchemical history and other details of the evolution of science. As for the main story line, it is indeed rather slow in its reveal, but well worth the reader's patience. The main characters are somewhat unidimensional and simplistic, but interesting and likable.
Also, the narrator is wonderful! She has command over different accents and voices with incredible believability. All in all, I found this book very engrossing and found it hard to stop listening. I will say the ending is a bit jarring, but once I realised it was a trilogy, all I could think was that I cannot wait for the next installment. Ms. Harkness has written a world and cast of characters that seem almost real... I would recommend this book to anyone with a good imagination. However, if you are somewhat lacking in this quality and need your fiction laced with a heavy dose of reality, this is not the book for you.
I would recommend this book to those who love vampires, witches, and stories that unravel slowly. I love the way she gives you time to become acquainted with the characters and their relationships to each other. I just hope she doesn't intend to end the story there.
I really liked the first part of the book, when eeryone was still a mystery.
The first part
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