A Discovery of Witches (Paperback)

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The Discovery of Witches will insist the question chapter and chapter again as to what these witches have come across. This is not a story for the teenager crowd for it delves deeper into the complex world of relationships and well... lots of wine lore. Diana is very much a reluctant witch, but more to the point she refuses with an obstinate historian's shrug to leave all magical business alone. Even when faced with magical texts and of course the magnetic Matthew. She rows along and she runs a tight ship. Until.... until what? The witches water along with every other spell or power reaches full on saturation within her and her community (which consists of mainly the library and the lake). This book is an undulating and unpredictable story of a witches journey filled with suspense and a powerful intellect. It has a paranormal rhythm all its own and will hold your rapt attention with humor, passion, wine and magic.

— Emily

February 2011 Indie Next List


“I lost a good deal of sleep turning the pages of this tale of adventure, suspense, and romance. Ride along with this witch-in-denial and her guardian vampire prince as she struggles to reclaim her legacy and avoid the terrible fate visited earlier upon her family. The author did her homework and the history rings as true as the passion. I can't wait for the sequel!”
— Annie Leonard, The Next Chapter, Knoxville, IA

Description


Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy--"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight" (People)

Deborah Harkness's sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

About the Author


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143119685
ISBN-10: 0143119680
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 27th, 2011
Pages: 579
Language: English
Series: All Souls Trilogy

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