Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls Series—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).
Now “[a] hot show that’s like Twilight meets Outlander” (Thrillist) airing on AMC and BBC America, as well as streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.
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, book three, The Book of Life, and the fourth in the series, Time’s Convert.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Love, obsession, history, and science combine in the first book in Deborah Harkness’ thrilling All Souls trilogy. Diana Bishop—a whip-smart young scholar and a member of a distinguished family of witches—unearths an enchanted manuscript in a British university library. This discovery thrusts her into a murky underworld, where she joins forces with geneticist (and vampire!) Matthew Clairmont to keep the book out of evil hands. Actress Jennifer Ikeda brings an enchanting sense of wonder to Harkness’ magical settings; she’s also got just enough sultriness to sell Diana and Matthew’s burgeoning romance. Her delivery makes A Discovery of Witches a perfectly cozy nighttime listen.
Well written for what it si
Don’t get this book confused, it’s a romance novel. It’s plot is slow, more detail given to the relationship (as unrealistic as it is) then to the story. Not at all my cup of tea, I was looking for some kind of adventure magic story or something. Rest assured this is not that. However, I can recognize it is well written. If you’re looking for a better written Twilight, this is your book, complete with broody vampires, damsels in distress, angsty hormones and all. It’s not the worst book I’ve ever read, but probably wouldn’t read again.
The narrators voice is a little robotic so it’s something to get used to. As far as the plot it is dragged out and unrealistic. For instance no one straight out warns the main character(Diana) of the problems. They dance around it and let her find out the hard way. It seems every character just wants things to be harder for Diana. It’s a okay book with romance, suspense and great mystery but There’s a high chance I won’t read this again.
Very dry and drawn out. Wanna be twilight.