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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 104 x 174 x 42mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin LCC US
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • 0143119672
  • 9780143119678
  • 6,659

Review Text

"A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight . . . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love." - People "Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor." - O, The Oprah Magazine " A thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match. . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world." - Entertainment Weekly "Harkness conjures up a scintillating paranormal story. . . . Discover why everyone's talking about this magical book." - USA Today "Delightfully well-crafted and enchantingly imaginative . . . It has some of the same ineluctable atmosphere that made Anne Rice's vampire books such a popular success." - Miami Herald "A debut novel with a big supernatural canvas . . . Its ambitions are world-sized, ranging across history and zeroing in on DNA, human and otherwordly. Age-old tensions between science and magic and between evolution and alchemy erupt as Diana seeks to unlock the secrets of Ashmole 782." - Los Angeles Times "Harkness, an eloquent writer, conjures this world of witches with Ivy League degrees and supernatural creatures completely-and believably-while maintaining a sense of wonder. . . . A Discovery of Witches is that rare historical novel that manages to be as intelligent as it is romantic. And it is supernatural fiction that those of us who usually prefer to stay grounded in reality can get caught up in. Pardon the pun, but Witches is truly spellbinding." - San Antonio News-Express "Readers who thrilled to Elizabeth Kostova's 2005 blockbuster, The Historian , will note the parallels, but A Discovery of Witches is a modern Romeo and Juliet story, with older, wiser lovers. Blood will flow when a witch and a vampire fall for each other. Author Deborah Harkness, a UCLA history professor, brings vast knowledge and research to the page." - Cleveland Plain Dealer "Harkness works her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror into one completely bewitching book." - Chicago Tribune "A Discovery of Witches becomes increasingly charming as it goes along. . . . A shrewdly written romp and a satisfying snow-day read for those of us who heartily enjoyed the likes of Anne Rice and Marion Zimmer Bradley. By the book's rousing end . . . I was impatient for the sequel." -NPRshow more

About Deborah Harkness

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.show more

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“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight. . . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love.” —People   “Romantic, erudite, and suspenseful . . . Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.” —O, The Oprah Magazine   “A thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match. . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world.” —Entertainment Weekly   “Harkness conjures up a scintillating paranormal story. . . . Discover why everyone’s talking about this magical book.” —USA Today   “Delightfully well-crafted and enchantingly imaginative . . . It has some of the same ineluctable atmosphere that made Anne Rice’s vampire books such a popular success.” —Miami Herald   “A debut novel with a big supernatural canvas . . . Its ambitions are world-sized, ranging across history and zeroing in on DNA, human and otherwordly. Age-old tensions between science and magic and between evolution and alchemy erupt as Diana seeks to unlock the secrets of Ashmole 782.” —Los Angeles Times   “Harkness, an eloquent writer, conjures this world of witches with Ivy League degrees and supernatural creatures completely—and believably—while maintaining a sense of wonder. . . . A Discovery of Witches is that rare historical novel that manages to be as intelligent as it is romantic. And it is supernatural fiction that those of us who usually prefer to stay grounded in reality can get caught up in. Pardon the pun, but Witches is truly spellbinding.” —San Antonio News-Express   “Readers who thrilled to Elizabeth Kostova’s 2005 blockbuster, The Historian, will note the parallels, but A Discovery of Witches is a modern Romeo and Juliet story, with older, wiser lovers. Blood will flow when a witch and a vampire fall for each other. Author Deborah Harkness, a UCLA history professor, brings vast knowledge and research to the page.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer   “Harkness works her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror into one completely bewitching book.” —Chicago Tribune   “A Discovery of Witches becomes increasingly charming as it goes along. . . . A shrewdly written romp and a satisfying snow-day read for those of us who heartily enjoyed the likes of Anne Rice and Marion Zimmer Bradley. By the book’s rousing end . . . I was impatient for the sequel.” —NPRshow more

Customer reviews

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. Rating: 10/1,000 Cover Love:5/5 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 readshow more
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