A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

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Book - 2011
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Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670022410
0670022411
9780143119685
Branch Call Number: FIC HARKNESS, D.
Characteristics: 579 p. ; 24 cm.

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kiml00
Jul 17, 2020

This is like Twilight except the main character is a witch instead of human, the vampire is not that stalking creepy, more adult contents (no, not that kind, just history and conversations are among grown adults) and the mystery of magic was what kept me going. It started out slow but get really exciting when the relationship between Diana and Matthew starts to develop. I’m not sure if I was going through a reading slump but the end seems to dragged on or slowed down too much for me. Spoiler (sort of), the end of this book is not the end of the story. It is a trilogy so there’s two other books + a spin off book on one of the other characters so I guess the saga continues?!?

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Aerial8
Jul 08, 2020

Wow; this was...terrible. I haven't read "Twilight", but I assume this is a knockoff of that, in a lot of ways. No character development (actually, the protagonist- a woman- gets more childlike as the book goes on), controlling men, dumb, unbelievable love story. Shucks- I wanted a fun book with witchcraft, and this was NOT it.

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BeckyR21
Apr 10, 2020

Done - at long last. This book held such promise - science, history, magic, and who doesn't love a tall, dark vampire? Unfortunately, it dragged on and on and on.... and on. It was a chore to read, but I did finish it, with no interest in reading the rest of the trilogy. I'm a little sad about that because it has such rave reviews. I do plan to watch the tv series, mostly because of Matthew Goode! :)

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jackiefekete
Apr 04, 2020

The story is interesting but ruined by weak female characters, controlling men that none of the women have a problem with, and obvious segregation of sexes. It’s strange, I never thought of myself as a feminist before, but the characters in this book make me so extremely agitated and uncomfortable that I apparently am. I think the author intends the love interest to be romantic and protective but he’s really just so creepy and controlling that if any of my girls dated a guy like that I’d split them like a banana! And it just doesn’t let up so good luck finishing this book.

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kimitalot
Mar 08, 2020

Book one of All Souls Trilogy

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Be0bara
Feb 13, 2020

I loved this book. It's long and complex and you get to know the characters. I am glad I got to disappear in this world of daemons, vampires and witches.
It won't be to everyone's cup of tea and for me it's going on my to own shelf.

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psmit1
Jan 28, 2020

I really really wanted to like this book. I was very excited for the intersection of science and magic but that's not actually what the book is about, it's basically Twilight, yuck. Diana has no agency and is such a cliche it gets hard to read. The book is full of tropes that are so tired it becomes impossible to enjoy the story. Not to mention Harkness clearly has no idea how archives and special collections actually work.

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shethewriter
Jan 06, 2020

If I had a dollar for every time:

>>Matthew and Diana sniff each other
>>Diana reminds us Matthew is French
>>someone talks about “possessive rituals” without actually describing what they are
>>Matthew gives Diana a gift that’s supposed to blow us out of the water
>>”long white legs”
>>”long white body”
>>Matthew carries Diana because she forgot how to walk
>>someone mentions Diana’s hair
>>Diana drinks tea
>>Matthew does something “possessively”
>>Diana explains something...again
>>Marthe prepares food

I could upgrade my iPhone.

There is a really great premise here, and I can feel the author’s passion for history. But only makes the rest of the writing feel weaker by comparison.

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elyse0513
Dec 29, 2019

Alchemy/Potions, etc

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cjzondervan
Dec 06, 2019

Amazing book

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DLoftin
Mar 08, 2020

Extremely reminiscent of Anne Rice, if that helps any. In my opinion, this was better though. I've read the first two books, and have the third on hold.

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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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Jun 27, 2012

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