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
Tantalizing, intriguing and riveting.
I loved that story is dynamic and constantly changing. I also like that the main character is intelligent and learned and yet has many things about themselves of which they are unaware. The story was referred to me by a friend, and I have to say it went way beyong my expectations. The story is interwoven and fast paced. It is certainly a page turner and will not disappoint you.
This is a book that I could live in and at the end I was disappointed that I could not hear more- so I started it over again, and again and again. The characters are well developed and enduring. I hear something new each time I listen.
A must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy romance!
The first thing I did when the book ended was check on a sequel. I was captured by the characters and the places described.
the french accent used by the narrator for Isabell was beautiful.
I am a sucker for anything supernatural mixed with the historical. Although I may have thought "Twilight for Adults" toward the middle of the novel like another reviewer, I would urge readers to keep listening. The plot thickens and the reader learns much more about the past of the protagonist, Diana Bishop. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, does a good job of differentiating the characters voices, lending the novel another captivating dimension. As an English teacher, I find the literary allusions endlessly appealing, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
I completely enjoyed this book, which I listened to on my Kindle. The storyline and characters are wonderful, and this completely removes the bad taste left by The Magicians. The narrator is really, really excellent. Although I'm usually stingy with 5-star ratings, I've given other light fiction 5 stars and can't really mark this one down. This is most likely to appeal to women who enjoyed Harry Potter, the Twilight series, and other chick-lit fantasy. For readers, I think the written word would be equally enjoyable (as the audible version).
In addition to the witches and vampires, the author introduces a new "creature" called a daemon. Just see if you don't know any!
The next installment of the trilogy is due out in July; I can hardly wait!
Enthralling. Magical. Romantic.
Twists & turns. Relationships amongst characters & readers realistic portrayal of each. You forget it's one reader!
All of them..
Loved, loved the relationship between Diana & Matthew. Rekindles your belief in true love & magic..
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook because the author did a great job writing the book, and the person who read the audiobook brought the most amazing story to life with her character voices. By far my favorite book in this format.
Honest, I feel in love with most of the characters and I have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the new book to come out. I can't wait to get more of each of these characters and experience more of the wonderful life they bring to the table.
That was probably when the two main characters started to come together as a unit. As most people know, its always great when the two meet in the story, but this was a bit of a unique experience to read. It isn't your typical book - it is WAY better.
Absolutely nothing! If I was to ever write a book, this is the narrator I would want. Her character voices seriously painted a wonderful picture and brought such depth to the characters in my mind.
Both of these two (Author and Narrator) make by far the best team. The writing was full of depth and the narrator furthered that depth to literally make each and every character come alive. I was highly impressed with both of these individuals and I would love to read more!!
Despite how exhausted the literature on vampires has become, this was still enjoyable. I was amazed at how well Jennifer Ikeda could do all the accents in the book--American, British, Scottish, French, etc. She did an amazing job. (though I felt her American accent was a bit dull.)
More to the plot than boy meets girl, fights dragon and flees to the past.
lack of depth to storyline
Ability to keep reader listening
Is it possible to find out the genre of a book? I am not big on romantic stories that give little of substance re the plot.
The first chapter (story setup) seemed a bit sophomoric. I felt my intelligence was being insulted. However, I stuck with it and was rewarded. I felt the narration was very good. The story just got increasingly interesting as it developed. It was one of those audio books that I couldn't wait to get home and listen to it at the end of the day.
I am looking forward to the historical aspects, romance, character development (and conflicts) and mystery solving the I expect to find in Book # 2. I honestly can't wait for more!
What a great listen! Had me on my toes the whole time. Can't wait for the next one in the series. Loved it.
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