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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) (edition 2011)

by Deborah E. Harkness

Series: All Souls (1)

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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.… (more)
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Title:A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)
Authors:Deborah E. Harkness
Info:Viking Adult (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 592 pages
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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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    Anonymous user: Both are epic fantasy novels...time travel, mystery, unlikely love interests.
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    The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (clamairy)
    clamairy: Similar themes of magic and academia.
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    The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (bnbookgirl)
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    Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (DowntownLibrarian)
    DowntownLibrarian: If you enjoy learning some history along with your fantasy....
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    City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte (thenothing)
    thenothing: alchemy, time travel, romance, mystery
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    Overseas by Beatriz Williams (rlb0616)
    rlb0616: No witches or vampires, but it does have time travel. Also, there are many similarities between the two male leads.
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    Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (SunnySD)
    SunnySD: Scholarly heroines, mysterious goings on, and much time spent in libraries...
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I was going to give this two stars, since it was at least entertaining enough to keep reading, but it got pretty tedious toward the end, and most unforgivably, turned out not to be a stand-alone book but to be just the first installment of a series. There is no resolution of any part of the plot, and I have no interest in continuing. Its best feature was some bodice-ripper romance, but that was too scant and far between, and similarly unresolved, to redeem it even as a romance. ( )
1 vote Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
An American historian in Oxford is a direct descendant of the first woman executed for witchcraft in Salem, but refuses to acknowledge her "gifts." However, she is drawn into a power struggle over a book on alchemy with dark, age-old secrets. Then, she falls in love with a vampire and things get very complicated with attacks from all sides, family dynamics, and interspecies biases. This book is good at times, slow at times, and after 569 pages, nothing is resolved. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
What a delicious treat! And lucky me that the series is complete, so I can jump right into next one without delay! ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
This story moved extremely slowly. The characters are good, as is the writing, but the pace did not hold my interest. I kept skipping chapters to get through it, and finally put it aside. If you like slow-moving plots, this might be a story for you. ( )
1 vote MariaGreene | Jun 30, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book. Couldn’t finish it. I never started liking the main characters. I got about 75% of the way through, and figured if I didn’t like it by then, I wasn’t going to. ( )
2 vote rchall78 | Jun 13, 2021 |
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"With books about fictional witches, it’s all too easy to fall back on tongue-in-cheek descriptors like “enchanting” or “spellbinding,” but both adjectives aptly describe the superbly entertaining saga Harkness has crafted. This is a riveting tale full of romance and danger that will have you on the edge of your seat, yet its chief strength lies in the wonderfully rich and ingenious mythology underlying the story. Entwining strands of science and history, Harkness creates a fresh explanation for how such creatures could arise that is so credible, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself this is fiction."
 
As will be obvious by now, this is a very silly novel. Characters and relationships are stereotyped. The historical background is a total pudding. The prose is terrible. And yet, the ideas have just enough suction, somehow, to present an undemanding reader with some nice frissons. I liked, for example, the way Diana tries to sublimate her magic powers in running and rowing and doing yoga – at a mixed vampire-witch-daemonic yoga class, participants struggle not to levitate during their vinyasas. And I liked the way Matthew and Diana smell to each other like Jo Malone candles: Diana is "horehound, frankincense, lady's mantle", Matthew is "cinnamon and clove".
 
"a thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail...Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world. Whether she's describing a yoga class for witches, daemons, and vampires or Diana's benignly haunted house, it's a treat to suspend disbelief. ... As the mysteries started to unravel, the pages turned faster, almost as if on their own. By the most satisfying end, Harkness had made me a believer.
 
"a romantic, erudite, and suspenseful first novel by Deborah Harkness. The first in a planned trilogy, it sets up blood drinkers and spell weavers as enemies for eternity in a feud as old as the Crusades; the duo confront social disapproval and intolerance as they elude evildoers and puzzle out enigmas throughout history. ...Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.
 
The protagonist is a witch. Her beau is a vampire. If you accept the argument that we’ve seen entirely too many of both kinds of characters in contemporary fiction, then you’re not alone. Yet, though Harkness seems to be arriving very late to a party that one hopes will soon break up, her debut novel has its merits; she writes well, for one thing, and, as a historian at the University of Southern California, she has a scholarly bent that plays out effectively here.
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It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.
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For Lexie and Jake, and their bright futures.
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The leather-bound volume was nothing remarkable.
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The King just sits there, moving one square at time. The queen can move so freely. I suppose I'd rather lose the game than forfeit her freedom.
´Normal`is a bedtime story - a fable - that humans tell themselves to feel better when faced with overwhelming evidence that most of what's happening around them is not ´normal`at all.
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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.

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Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of daemons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure." - NoveList Plus
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Witches, vampires
and daemons all want to read
book on alchemy.
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