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ISBN13: 9780670022410
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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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crowyhead, November 9, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Diana Bishop is an historian and a student of science. She is also a witch, something that she tries mightily to ignore. This is difficult to do when you belong to one of the most powerful witching families in the world, but Diana's been doing a pretty good job. At least until the enchanted alchemical manuscript shows up. And the vampire. And the distressingly threatening other witches. And the daemons following her about like blissed out ravers.

I had a hard time getting into this at first. Diana seemed to be so willfully stupid sometimes that I wanted to shake her, and the story progressed really slowly. Things finally start to pick up about 2/3 of the way through, though, and once Diana started learning to use her powers I started to like her more.

I am interested in reading the second book in the series when it comes out, but I hope it is faster-paced than this one. I want more stuff like the last quarter of the book or so (I loved Diana's Aunt Sarah and her partner Em and their wonderful haunted house), less stuff about being self-conscious.
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Harkness, Deborah
Ridgway, Bee
Mead, Richelle
Steele, Jon
Harkness, Deborah E.
Ikeda, Jennifer
Penguin Books
Occult & Supernatural
Romance - General
Fantasy fiction
Horror - General
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
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All Souls Trilogy
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"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 ,
Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Lord Nicholas Falcott wakes up in twenty-first-century London. The Guild, a secretive fraternity of time travelers, informs him that there is no return. But Nick yearns for the beautiful Julia Percy, who remains in 1815. As fate and the fraying fabric of time draw Nick and Julia together once again, the lovers must match wits and gamble their hearts against the rules of time itself.


Rich in romance and historical detail, Bee Ridgways debut is a thrilling, fast-paced narrative evocative of Deborah Harknesss time-bending bestsellers.

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Though Katherine and Harper have been prevented from remembering each other , baby Max has unwittingly stirred the interest of vengeful spirits—and only a worldwide (and cosmic) effort to save his life will bring Harper and Katherine together again.

Meanwhile, from the shadows steps a defrocked priest named Astruc, whose face looks as if it has been clawed by some terrible beast and who hides his eyes behind blue lenses. He and his brilliant young ward, Goose, have discovered something unfathomable in the Catacombs under Paris, something that will confirm that “the time of the prophecy” is at hand. . . .

Electrifying from its explosive first scene to its unexpected and shocking conclusion, Angel City reunites the unforgettable characters from The Watchers to reveal more of the earthly—and otherworldy—mysteries of the Angelus trilogy.

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