- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Format: Paperback | 720 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 174mm x 42mm | 259g
- Publication date: 1 October 2011
- ISBN 10: 0143119672
- ISBN 13: 9780143119678
- Sales rank: 5,450
Diana Bishop, a young historian (and a witch), discovers an enchanted manuscript at the Bodleian Library at Oxford. The text, known as "Ashmole 782," turns out to be a coveted treasure lost for centuries, and she is the first and only creature who has met the terms of its spell. Her discovery sets the supernatural world spinning, and she soon finds an ally in Matthew Clairmont, a 1,500 year old vampire. A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES debuted at #2 on the hardcover New York Times bestsellers list.
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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.
By Gothical 18 Nov 2011
The Review: A Discovery of Witches: A Novel is one of the best books I've read in quite a while. It's clearly written to have a sequel, possibly more than one, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book.
Diana Bishop is not going to use her magic--at least, that's what she keeps telling herself. She is the last in a long line of powerful witches, with a father as powerful as her mother.
However, having lost her parents when she was seven years old has turned her away from her heritage and her magic.
While researching alchemical manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, she comes in contact with a volume that reaches out to her magic. Panicked, she returns the book to the stacks, but it is too late--word is out that she has discovered the lost Ashmole 782 and now all species of creatures are after her.
Matthew Clairmont, renowned scientist and vampire. He has been searching for Ashmole 782 for centuries and is determined to retrieve the book Diana has recalled. He feels drawn to Diana, feeling the need to protect her from the other creatures, despite witches and vampires being notorious separatists. They are thrown into an uneasy friendship when the worlds of witches, vampires and daemons descend upon Diana, all looking for the manuscript.
I was blown away, I really want to keep the book I really did, dang library, making me give it back. *sad face* I loved the book so much, there was a few flaws to it, I didn't like of course but I loved it! First flaw of Discovery of a witches were, the vampires drinking animal blood. I mean come on really? did I have to be reminded of Twilight again? The last flaw was the plot was a bit slow, I suppose it was made up in the end of the book,
(Thank you Miss Harkness for the cliff hanger.) Overall A Discovery of Witches was the best book of the year for me when it came to Adult novels, thank you Miss Harkness for writing this amazing book for others to read.
Recommendation: Overall A Discovery of Witches was the best book of the year for me when it came to Adult novels, thank you Miss Harkness for writing this amazing book for others to read