A Discovery of Witches (Paperback)
If ever the old adage of 'don't judge a book by its cover' (or in this case its title) stands true it is for this fantastic sci-fi/fantasy novel. Diana Bishop is a perfectly ordinary professor. Or so she tries to be. She is on sabbatical at Oxford so that she can spend some time doing research into old Alchemical texts at the Bodleian library. When she sees a rare text with illustrations that she has never come across before she thinks she has just gotten lucky and discovered a rare find. How wrong she is. An incredibly well written adventure full of love, mystery, magic and characters that leap off the page. For anyone that likes even a touch of the mystical this book is the way to go. First in a trilogy so be prepared for a long and incredible journey.
-- Sara— From Sara F. Staff Picks
February 2011 Indie Next List
“I lost a good deal of sleep turning the pages of this tale of adventure, suspense, and romance. Ride along with this witch-in-denial and her guardian vampire prince as she struggles to reclaim her legacy and avoid the terrible fate visited earlier upon her family. The author did her homework and the history rings as true as the passion. I can't wait for the sequel!”
— Annie Leonard, The Next Chapter, Knoxville, IA
Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy--"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight" (People) Deborah Harkness's sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.
About the Author
Deborah Harkness is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit www.deborahharkness.com and follow "Deborah Harkness" on Facebook and @DebHarkness on Twitter.