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A Discovery of Witches


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ISBN13: 9780143119685
ISBN10: 0143119680
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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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Maggie_S, May 1, 2014 (view all comments by Maggie_S)
An enjoyable read but it really is like Twilight for grown ups. Also, it's part of a trilogy and the first book ends with absolutely no resolution.
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Sheila Deeth, January 6, 2014 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
I can smell the ancient books in the library, sense the wind in leaves, hear echoed footsteps in hallowed halls, and touch the warm stone walls. Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches takes me to that “other place”---Oxford---and makes its science, studies and magic all vividly real.

The magic is very quietly introduced---no blaring headlines, no threat that the world is not, in fact, as it seems; just a background truth---the quiet, gentle, studious narrator is a witch; so are some other people; and the man who keeps looking at her is a vampire.

Deborah Harkness’ vampires are not the stuff of legend, old or new, but the author creates a solid sense that they might be the stuff behind legend. And so a whole new world behind our world insinuates itself into both story and the reader’s imagination. It’s beautifully thought-out, pleasingly self-consistent, and painted with just the right touch of science to truly satisfy. Even when a scene offers that destabilizing hint that it couldn’t be that way, the reader’s already pondering, certain the author meant it exactly as it is, and trusting the author to make clear whatever it is we can’t yet work out.

There’ll be time travel in the next book of the trilogy. I can’t wait to see how she makes something so impossible make sense. But for now I’m thoroughly satisfied and delighted to have shared some time in the world of Oxford and magic, sipping wine (and oh how thoroughly evocatively she describes it), enjoying the foods, and shying away from that cold feeling on the back of the neck that means someone’s looking.

With this very grown-up, satisfying, world-bending, entertaining and enthralling successor to Harry Potter, this author and these Witches have me hooked.

Disclosure: My husband gave it to me for Christmas
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Harkness, Deborah
Penguin Books
Harkness, Deborah E.
Horror - General
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Edition Description:
Mass Market
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Grade Level:
from 7
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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