A Discovery Of Witches: A Novel

byDeborah Harkness

Hardcover | November 27, 2013

A Discovery Of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness
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INDIGO RECOMMENDS: Diana Bishop is a witch. She's the last in a long line of witches; she hates that fact and chooses not to use her talents. Instead of conjuring up spells, she has become an academic and has tried hard to forget "the family business". One day while working in the Bodleian Library in Oxford she requests an old book on alchemy. When opened, it unleashes a great deal of power and brings witches, vampires and daemons flocking to Oxford. One of the arrivals is Matthew Clairmont, a charismatic geneticist who happens to be a vampire, with whom she forms an uneasy bond. Witches and vampires don't mix, and their friendship becomes very difficult and scandalizes their peers.

Deborah Harkness' debut novel is a witch/vampire book with a difference and one which will appeal even to those who don't read or like the current fashion for supernatural books. The author is an academic herself, a historian who is interested in the history of alchemy. She's spent a great deal of time in university libraries and it shows in her fond descriptions of the Bodleian. She writes a wine blog which shows too; she knows her way 'round a wine list. Vampires eat infrequently but drink a great deal, so the knowledge is useful. She came up with idea for the book when she wondered what kinds of jobs vampires would have if they existed.

There's some fascinating detail here about the history and folk law concerning the otherworldly, their uneasy co-existence with each other, and with the human world. It's also very funny in places, especially the description of the out-of-the-ordinary yoga class. A Discovery of Witches is highly recommended and the best news of all is that there will be a follow-up book.
Title:A Discovery Of Witches: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:592 pages, 9.28 X 6.44 X 1.77 inShipping dimensions:592 pages, 9.28 X 6.44 X 1.77 inPublished:November 27, 2013Publisher:Viking AdultLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670022411

ISBN - 13:9780670022410

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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