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Publisher's Summary

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

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Excellent story!

If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

A supernatural Love Story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Diane for her Indepence and courage

What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

Her ability to change voices for each character

Any additional comments?

After reading the first book, I was thrilled to discover it is part of a series.

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  • Lori
  • Florida Keys, FL, United States
  • 09-13-12

Very entertaining.

I had read the synopsis on this book many times, and each time decided to pass it by. I’m generally not into vampires nor anything that has to do with them.

This book is a fantastic exception, it was very enjoyable.

I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Smyrna, GA, United States
  • 09-12-12

Good, but not great

I had heard so much about this book, and I have to say that I was a little underwhelmed. While I thought that it was good, I felt that the story kept stalling while intricate DNA and historcal references were explained. It was totally "put-down-able." I also felt that the romance deserved a little attention.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Demetra
  • Media, PA, United States
  • 09-12-12

I loved this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I thought this was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed listening to it. The characters and plot were well thought out. It gets a little mushy at times, but after a while you fall for the characters too. I couldn't wait to download the second book.

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Engaging.

What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

I enjoyed the quirky characters' personalities, the house as a 'character' as well.

What did you like best about this story?

Liked the fact that part of the story took place in France.

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

No - looking forward to the second volume.

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  • Kami
  • Graham, NC, United States
  • 09-11-12

Surprisingly Refreshing

If you could sum up A Discovery of Witches in three words, what would they be?

Historical, witty and different.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the conflict of emotions and personalty between Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont. Their relationship, how ever you choose to define it, always kept you wondering and together made you love them as characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when Diana meets Matthew's super natural yoga class. It's one of the rare times that Diana actually is around all other kinds of super naturals such as daemons, witches and vampires. But these aren't your normal daemons and vampires. No fangs, no hissing, no horns and no tails either. They just want to stretch and relax and maybe check out the new witch in the room.

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fun! outstanding narrator!

this was a lot of fun. it's set apart (at least a little) from the other star-crossed vampire-ish love stories by the quality and depth of the history and literary insight. I loved the house's personality. I almost think it is my favorite character, aside from Diana.

and seriously, this narrator is fantastic!!!!!!

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  • Tammy
  • Powell, OH, United States
  • 09-11-12

DaVinci Code with vampires witches and demons

What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

I really enjoy historical fiction with a little witch craft/ vampires and demons and this story gives you just enough of everything to keep you turning the page or sitting in your car an extra 5 mins listening :)

What other book might you compare A Discovery of Witches to and why?

I think it's kinda like the DaVinci Code with the super natural world. Many people trying to protect a powerful important secret and the trials it takes to unravel why.

What does Jennifer Ikeda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's funny but I find myself making the facial expression that are described as I'm listening and driving

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love Diane's fierce need to be herself and not on who everyone thinks she should be.

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Main character is unlikable

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Women who are in it for the sexy vampire might like this one...

What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

*TINY SPOILERS* She's too perfect; she has no character flaws to endear her. I just couldn't sympathize with her plight. The vampire...meh. They "fall in love" too quickly. There is no tension, no spark. Suddenly they are enamored, can't live or breath without each other and then...they are married? What?! Reminds me of another vapid-woman-in-distress-falls-for-stunningly-bland-vampire book...ahem. I didn't finish this story because I was bored out of my skull and it didn't make sense. Plus, she's a huge pushover. Boo.

What character would you cut from A Discovery of Witches?

ALL OF THEM.

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  • Tracy
  • Bensalem, PA, United States
  • 09-10-12

Good One

This is a very long book and an easy read, which makes it worth the money, in my opinion. The story concept is good and solid, any supernatural fan would like it. The author seems very book-smart. The character progression seems rushed, but there is a lot to tell in this story, so I guess it couldn't be helped. The narrator is awesome, a cool, smooth voice that is easy to listen to. Overall, good performance, good book- not great due to character development- but, I give it a thumbs up!