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Publisher 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).
Now “[a] hot show that’s like Twilight meets Outlander” (Thrillistairing Sundays 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, and concludes with The Book of Life.

Fiction & Literature
February 8
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Lfg50 ,

A discovery of witches

This was a awesome book couldn't put it down though I didn't like how it left me hanging I want a sequel .

kayleenalane ,

Great beginning, no end.

I enjoyed the world and characters created, and I enjoyed the conflicts presented. However, the book runs out if words but has no ending. Now I have to wait awhile for a sequel to be written and I'll probably forget about it by then.

Kninjknight ,

How did this get to rated so highly?!?!?

The story goes in every direction, and then leaves you hanging with nothing to show for the time spent reading. The action was weak but the characters were great, but it is sad they did very little other than talk. The adversaries did not make me feel that any of the characters were in danger, because they never did anything, and when they did the heroine was saved with out any conflict. The characters that were supposed to be feared never showed why they should be feared, and the two that did were never spoken of until they made their appearance in the story. Good angles, good characters, bad action, too much talking between the characters with nothing getting accomplished, and an awful conclusion.

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