592 pages, 9.28 × 6.44 × 1.77 in
November 27, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0670022411
ISBN - 13: 9780670022410
About the Book
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.
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Praise for A Discovery of Witches“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight . . . An irresistible tale of wizardry, science, and forbidden love, A Discovery of Witches will leave you longing for the sequel.”—People“A thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail and a gutsy, brainy heroine to match: Diana Bishop, a renowned scholar of seventeenth-century chemistry and a descendant of accomplished witches. . . . Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world.”—Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly“Harkness conjures up a scintillating paranormal story. . . . Discover why everyone’s talking about this magical book.”—USA Today“Delightfully well-crafted and enchantingly imaginative . . . An enthralling and deeply enjoyable read, A Discovery of Witches is to be the first in a trilogy and will likely draw considerable cross-genre interest. Its fantasy, historical, and romance genre appeal is clear, but it also has some of the same ineluctable atmosphere that made Anne Rice’s vampire books such a popular success.”—The Miami Herald“A debut novel with a big supernatural canvas . . . Its ambitions are world-sized, ranging across history and zeroing in on DNA, human and otherworldly. Age-old tensions between science and magic and between evolution and alchemy erupt as Diana seeks to unlock the secrets of Ashmole 782.”—Los Angeles Times“Harkness, an eloquent writer, conjures this world of witches with Ivy League
From the Publisher
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
About the Author
Deborah Harkness is a scholar and writer specializing in the history of science and medicine. She has received numerous awards, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. Currently a professor of history at the University of Southern California, her most recent academic publication is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution
. This is her first novel.
From Our Editors
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
"A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight. An irresistible tale of wizardry, science and forbidden love, Discovery will leave you longing for the sequel."-People
"A highly addictive read for those who want their mythology and magic served up with a dose of smarts".-Chatelaine