- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 704 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 52mm | 558g
- Publication date: 29 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0755374045
- ISBN 13: 9780755374045
- Sales rank: 40,413
Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the stunning first volume of the No.1 internationally bestsellling ALL SOULS trilogy. A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it. When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires. Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...
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Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She spent several years in Oxford doing research (and really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!). She has written THE JEWEL HOUSE: ELIZABETHAN LONDON AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION as well as the three novels in the internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT and THE BOOK OF LIFE.
By Leonor (Ner) 06 Oct 2012
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book"
*This review might contain some spoilers!*
This was one of the most amazing books I've read in 2011. Despite being a little bit tired of vampires and all, Deborah Harkness managed to give us a fantastic book with a beautiful love story between a vampire and a witch.
The book was easy to read despite its length. As soon as you start it, it's almost impossible to stop and we find ourselves already connected to the characters and wanting to know more about them. As the plot unfolds before us, we are soon draw to the amazing world Harkness created and it's not easy to let it go.
Diana Bishop was, in my opinion, a weak character at the beginning but I admit changing my opinion as I kept reading the book. At the end of the last chapter, I've seen that she was indeed a strong woman with a very determined mind. I would freak out with the amount of things that she's been through but she kept her head held high and didn't stop fighting.
As for Matthew Clairmont, well, he's my favourite character since I've always had a thing for the male main character. He's a vampire (making me wishing, again, for my own) but with a strong and great heart. One of the things I've appreciated while reading this was that he was already in love with her before she realised that she too was in love.
This story made my skin crawl with anxiety and anticipation. And when that happens to me, it means that I'm really into the story and that I'm loving it. If I feel what the character is feeling and have a strange coldness on my stomach, you can be sure that the author became one of my favourites.
Now, all I can ask for desperately is for book two. 2012 is too far away now.
Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistible to Twilight fans The Sunday Times A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy Daily Mail An inventive addition to the supernatural craze... Historian Harkness's racy paranormal romance has exciting amounts of spells, kisses and battles, and is recounted with enchanting, page-turning panache Marie Claire A romp through magical academia Guardian ...a grand romance smartly dressed up in the fashion for the occult...Sauced up with magic as well as being intelligent, the novel will be irresistible to Twilight fans The Sunday Times