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A Discovery of Witches : All Souls Trilogy: Book One - Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

All Souls Trilogy: Book One

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Published: 1st September 2011
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An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance.

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 geneticist. 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...

About the Author

Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at USC, specializing in science and medicine in early modern Europe. She is the author most recently of THE JEWEL HOUSE (Yale, 2007), based on her ground-breaking work on how science was practiced in Elizabethan London. (And she really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!)

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  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Engaging story (6)
  • Interesting characters (6)
  • Original plot (4)

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5.0

love the book and will also buy tthe next two

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  • Compelling Characters
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Great For Any Age
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

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    Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

    love the different spin on a tale that has been told many times awesome

     
    5.0

    Brilliant beginning to a series

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    from Melbourne

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Original Story
    • Takes You To Another World
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        Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

        I re-read LOTR, the Outlander series and this series too.

         
        4.0

        Great Trilogy - I have just re-read it and loved it again

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        from Gold Coast

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        Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

        3 wonderful books well worth the time to read

         
        5.0

        Wonderful book 1, in a brilliant Trilogy

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        from Melbourne, Australia

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          Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

          Being a historian and literary professor,Deborah Harkness has a great platform of knowledge for this brilliant tale of witches, vampires, love and struggle. A must read, I couldn't put it down. Delivered in record time, in perfect condition as always.

           
          4.0

          Good easy read

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              Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

              Easy light read that keeps the pages turning couldn't wait to read the follow up book.

               
              5.0

              Awesome!

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                  Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

                  Awesome book!!!! I've read it six times and will read it again and again!

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this book again

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                  Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

                  Great for reading anytime hard to put down once you are into the story.

                   
                  4.0

                  Don't judge a book by its title

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                  • Story Really Sucks You In
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                    Comments about A Discovery of Witches:

                    Loooved this book and couldn't wait to get hold of the next."Shadow of Night"
                    It is totally believable and enjoyable.I have bought another copy to give as a present during 2013 to a lucky friend.

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                    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

                    ISBN: 9780755374045
                    ISBN-10: 0755374045
                    Series: All Souls
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 720
                    Published: 1st September 2011
                    Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
                    Country of Publication: GB
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 4.5
                    Weight (kg): 0.48
                    Edition Number: 1