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ISBN13: 9780670022410
ISBN10: 0670022411
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Amanda Sharp, August 11, 2014 (view all comments by Amanda Sharp)
I got hooked quickly on this book. I loved thinking about the real world places the author takes these characters and the art and history surrounding it all. The mystery and magic and creatures are well developed and creatively described.

The "protect me" distressed damsel theme seems to be the way the couple bonds in this book. There are some sections that read a little like a romance novel. Around chapter 10-13 there is a shift in venue and the urgency of the story loses a little steam.

But, it is exciting and I wanted to keep reading. I loved the imagery so much, I wished there were pictures or illustrations somewhere to give me a visual of the library, the castles, the characters and the books she studies. I loved the ancient language as well.

You will definitely enjoy this as a fun and interesting read.
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krdcunha, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by krdcunha)
I purchased this book at the airport when I ran out of reading material and saw that it was highly rated so I thought I'd give it a try. The story line is a bit cliche...witch and vampire meet in library at Oxford. Forbidden love takes place as witches and vampires are not allowed to mingle. There is also a mysterious book that everyone is seeking and that adds to the suspense. The story line was good even though it was cliche and the snippets of history certainly were well researched. What I couldn't stand about this book is that the lead character, Diana Bishop, was presented as a strong, educated woman who was very independent but the love story taking place reduced her to mush. She became controlled by her emotions and unable to control them and her love for the forbidden vampire. I don't know why the author thought this would be appealing but she did. I would give this book a 3.5 if possible but I could do without the lead character becoming spineless when love comes knocking.
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Maryka, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Maryka)
This was such a fun book, a perfect summer read. It got a little long at times, but it was a great world to live in for a while. I am excited to start the next book in the series. If you are a sucker for love stories involving magical humans, then this book is for you.
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Ninihada, February 3, 2012 (view all comments by Ninihada)
I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches! It's like Harry Potter for adults. There are multiple levels of the story happening in the book. I expected to read about witches, but there are other fantastic creatures in the story as well as doses of history, science, and biology. All intertwined with MAGIC and mystery. Highly recommend for fantasy lovers.
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bscheldt, November 22, 2011 (view all comments by bscheldt)
Love, Love, Love this book! After 500 some pages, I still want more!

This book has been the hardest book I've ever read to put down! Most books I've read, by the time they get to this many pages, you can tell the author is getting tired of writing, but not his book, it only gets better as it goes. Drama, comedy, scarey, history and mystery all rolled into one book! It can't get much better than this!

I loved the characters and the story. This is the best book I've read in a long time. I hope there's more!
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Harkness, Deborah
Viking Books
tzsch, Oliver
Ridgway, Bee
Chadeayne, Lee
Mead, Richelle
Oliver P
Steele, Jon
Harkness, Deborah E.
Cabot, Sam
Ikeda, Jennifer
Occult & Supernatural
Romance - General
Fantasy fiction
Horror - General
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
All Souls Trilogy
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from 7
9 x 6 in 1 lb
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Product details 576 pages Viking Books - English 9780670022410 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Harkness's lively debut, witches, vampires, and demons outnumber humans at Oxford's Bodleian Library, where witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her. Against all occult social propriety, Bishop turns for protection to tall, dark, bloodsucking man-about-town Clairmont. Their research raises questions of evolution and extinction among the living dead, and their romance awakens centuries-old enmities. Harkness imagines a crowded universe where normal and paranormal creatures observe a tenuous peace. 'Magic is desire made real,' Bishop says after both her desire and magical prowess exceed her expectations. Harkness brings this world to vibrant life and makes the most of the growing popularity of gothic adventure with an ending that keeps the Old Lodge door wide open. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Harkness creates a compelling and sweeping tale....All her characters are fully fleshed and unique, which, when combined with the complex and engaging plot, results in one of the better fantasy debuts in recent months. The contemporary setting should help draw a large crossover audience."
"Review" by , "Destined to be popular with fantasy and paranormal aficionados, this enchanting novel is an essential purchase. Harkness is an author to watch."
"Synopsis" by ,
Set in the mid-1600s in the Bavarian town of Schongau, a hangman, Jakob Kuisl, is asked to find out whether an ominous tattoo found on a dying boy means that witchcraft has come to town.
"Synopsis" by , Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to be married off to another hangmans son—except that the town physicians son is hopelessly in love with her. And her fathers wisdom and empathy are as unusual as his despised profession. It is 1659, the Thirty Years War has finally ended, and there hasnt been a witchcraft mania in decades. But now, a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river and the villagers suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin.

Jakob Kuisl is charged with extracting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. Convinced she is innocent, he, Magdalena, and her would-be suitor to race against the clock to find the true killer. Approaching Walpurgisnacht, when witches are believed to dance in the forest and mate with the devil, another tattooed orphan is found dead and the town becomes frenzied. More than one person has spotted what looks like the devil—a man with a hand made only of bones. The hangman, his daughter, and the doctors son face a terrifying and very real enemy. 

Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, The Hangmans Daughter brings to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing story of a compassionate hangman who will live on in readers imaginations long after theyve put down the novel.

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The #1 New York Times bestselling series finale and sequel to A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night

Fans of the All Souls Trilogy sent this highly anticipated finale straight to #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. Bringing the series magic and suspense to a deeply satisfying conclusion, The Book of Life is poised to become an even bigger phenomenon in paperback.

Diana and Matthew time-travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present—facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthews ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

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