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ISBN13: 9780143119685
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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.

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"A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight." People

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In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript 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 story of magic and suspense. And the story continues in Book Two, Shadow of Night.

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog, goodwineunder20.blogspot.com.

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Bridgey, December 18, 2014 (view all comments by Bridgey)
This is one of those books you'll want to read quickly before they make it into a movie (which they are). Perfect for fans of witches, vampires, and all things magical who ask a little more of their literature than simple romantic plotting. Although, yes, there is a powerful romance at the core of this story, but also interesting threads of ancient history and alchemy and modern science and all sorts of odds and ends like wine and rowing. Seeks to answer many of those behind-the-scenes questions you may have about how witches and vampires continue to live and work in our modern society, but wrapped up in a tense and sometimes quite bloody adventure. The first in a series, so if you love it, there's more.
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Lisa Combs, December 7, 2014 (view all comments by Lisa Combs)
Author Deborah Harkness got me! I have not been a reader of witchery and such. Time and money invested in reading material is costly on both counts. I tend to get recommendations before plunking down my cash or giving up my time. Harkness was recomended to me by a reading friend with which whom I have shared many a great title. At her recommendation, Harkness plunged me into the the archives of history, research and witches. Certainly surprised at how quick and completely she set the hook that lead me on a great journey. I am happy to find a new (to me) author who captures and holds my attention. Now the bonus with this find is that it is book one of a trilogy! Score a big win as a reader! Characters, plot, action, and intrigue, Harkness has supplied all the necessary ingredients a reader searches for in exchange for the money invested for the sake of a 'possible' good read. Drop your cash on Harkness and enjoy your reading time turning pages. A discovery, indeed!
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Barb Wyer, July 17, 2014 (view all comments by Barb Wyer)
History and intrigue and fantasy all rolled into one. Loved it! Look forward to the next two in the trilogy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143119685
Author:
Harkness, Deborah
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Harkness, Deborah E.
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Bloodlines
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
33 x 10.5 x 8.5 in 17.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143119685 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight."
"Synopsis" by , In a sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript 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 story of magic and suspense. And the story continues in Book Two, Shadow of Night.
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