A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

Large Print - 2011
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Debut novelist Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense--a richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410436337
Branch Call Number: LP HARK
Characteristics: 881 p. (large print)

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adm60dng2
Nov 02, 2017

This book is a fun read. It is complete FANTASY. It has romance, suspense and is funny at times. Really enjoyed it. It was actually better the 2nd time read because that's when the details and layers make it so much more interesting.

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mpot
Jun 12, 2017

A solid Story. Leaves you wanting more, and sure enough, there's a second volume. Yay!

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jcosner13
Mar 16, 2017

You'll never think of witches and vampires the same ever again! This is a "grown-up" version of Twilight. The science balances the story and makes it more realistic.

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tosenbaugh
Mar 10, 2017

This book took me a few chapters to get into but after that, I was hooked and on to the second in the series!

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crystalpatterson
Feb 22, 2017

Agreeing with the other commenters who voted this on low. I love the idea, but it gets pretty cheesy. There is so much fog. So much rowing. It's just not for me.

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HopeTessa
Feb 21, 2017

This is a pretty great book. There will be moments when you want to rip your hair out with questioning why the author choose a certain response over another. But otherwise I loved this book.

AL_MARIEI Feb 05, 2017

This book had me from the first page and I couldn't wait to check out the next in the trilogy. It's a well written adventure centered around ancient manuscripts, witches, vampires, demons, and science...what is not to love?!

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achangjd
Nov 26, 2016

This book had some good ideas and could have been so much better if it had been written by somebody else, or if the author had had a decent editor. As it was, it read like a self-published book. It starts out like a bad college entrance essay (listing the protagonist's life events and academic achievements), continues with such embarrassing descriptions and cliches ("he looked like a panther that could strike at any moment but was in no rush to do so"), and proceeds to kill the reader with dull characters and cheesy situations. The main character is unrelatable and her love interest is such an unappealing cheesy cliche. The book does get better about half way through, but not enough to make up for the time wasted. I felt really bad for the author. She is apparently a history professor, and she should stick to her day job, b/c writing fiction is not really her forte. Overall, this book was too ambitious in scope and language to work as either a romance novel or a young adult novel, yet it was too cheesy and poorly paced to succeed as a fantasy novel.

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jackieparker
Sep 20, 2016

I love this series so much! I hope there are more than three. It starts off very Twilight-esque, but stick with it and it becomes a deeper, truly rewarding series.

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Raye27
Jun 21, 2016

Next, next, next. I was panting to get my hands on number two be the time I finished this story.

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ksimicmuller
Jul 24, 2016

When reading this book, I constantly fluctuated between wondering why I was reading it and not being able to put it down. Some parts I really didn't care for -- I am not a huge fan of romance in my fantasy books, but others, like the description of witches and their talents was pretty great. The book takes place in a world where witches, vampires, and daemons exist alongside humans, but are not allowed to mingle each other. This all changes when the heroine, a witch who has been denying her witchcraft, discovers a manuscript that everyone is looking for, and meets a dashing vampire. I admit, I will be reading the second book in the series soon. I also admit that it's not the best witchcraft novel I have ever read. I much preferred Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

AnneDromeda Oct 24, 2011

Diana Bishop is a witch in denial. An orphan born to a prominent witch family, she's ignoring her magical heritage to pour her energy into academia. She's travelled to Oxford's Bodleian Library to research a lecture she's giving on alchemy - but when she orders up one ancient manuscript, she unwittingly unleashes a maelstrom of supernatural power. Soon, she can't walk to her study carrel without tripping over some witch, vampire or demon brimming with curiosity or malicious intent. One such creature is Matthew Clairmont, a handsome fellow academic with a sanguine disposition. As other supernatural creatures become more threatening, Diana finds herself warily grateful for the help he offers. Can she survive the powers she's unleashed to become the witch she's meant to be? Is the real Matthew the kind, chivalrous man she's come to know, or the bloodthirsty hunter of whom she finds hints? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of the uneasy worldwide peace between witches, demons, vampires and humans.<br />

Like *Harry Potter*, *A Discovery of Witches* features an orphaned witch with latent legendary powers who encounters a great evil. It shares a great sense of mythology and place, too – you can practically smell the Bodleian when you're reading, and Oxford almost becomes extra character in the book. Diana's aunts' bewitched home in Wisconsin shares the same haunted architectural quirks readers loved in Hogwarts. And, like *Twilight*, an apparently-doomed romance with plenty of sexual tension and a sense of destiny takes centre stage in the action (but be forewarned: readers frustrated by the unresolved tension or the gender politics in *Twilight* will find themselves pretty annoyed with this book, too). This first book in the *All Souls* trilogy will also appeal to readers who enjoy the time travel elements and exhaustive research of authors like Diana Gabaldon (*Outlander* series) and Susanna Kearsley (*The Winter Sea*, *Marianna*). Other potential appeal factors include emphases on yoga, literature, and serious wine and book collecting. A great story to pick up for Hallowe'en, you'd best read the book now while the hold list is short, because the movie rights have already been purchased by Warner Bros. Oh, and good news for your future addiction issues: The second book, *Shadow of Night*, is anticipated for a summer 2012 release.

beauty1492 Jun 27, 2011

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

driffle Jun 05, 2011

Slow at the beginning but reached a point where I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for next book in series!

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jkranz8 Mar 24, 2015

jkranz8 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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bribear
Oct 07, 2012

bribear thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Faize
Jun 27, 2012

Faize thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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jkranz8 Mar 24, 2015

“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue”
― Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

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astral_drop
Aug 14, 2012

‎"He was not of an age but for all time"___Ben Jonson

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jkranz8 Mar 24, 2015

Sexual Content: Not much in book one but a little bit in book 2 & 3.

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