A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

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A Discovery of Witches

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Deep in the stacks of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly invokes an enchanted alchemical manuscript during her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with witchcraft; so she banishes the book to the stacks afte... r a furtive glance and a few notes. But her discovery is stirring up a fantastic underworld, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires are coming down to the library soon. For centuries, Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost--and she is the only creature that can break its spell.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    Viking penguin

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Feb 1, 2011

  • ISBN

    0670022411 , 9780670022410

  • FORMAT

    Hardcover

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    579

Quotes from A Discovery of Witches

These days vampires gravitated toward particle accelerators, projects to decode the genome, and molecular biology. Once they had flocked to alchemy, anatomy, and electricity. If it went bang, involved blood, or promised to unlock the secrets of the universe, there was sure to be a vampire around.

Within days they'd formed an unholy alliance with a foppish young French vampire in the Garden District who had implausibly golden hair and a streak of ruthlessness as wide as the Mississippi

English vampires may not be as well behaved around witches as the American ones are.

Yes, I see that you are behaving like a prince but that doesn't mean you won't behave like a devil at the first opportunity.

Are you smelling me? After yesterday I suspected that my body was giving him all kinds of information I didn't want him to have.
Don't tempt me, he murmured.

Somewhere in the center of my soul, a rusty chain began to unwind. It freed itself, link by link, from where it had rested, unobserved, waiting for him. My hands, which had been balled up and pressed against his chest, unfurled with it. The chain continued to drop, to an unfathomable depth where there was nothing but darkness and Matthew. At last it snapped to its full length, anchoring me to a vampire. Despite the manuscript, despite the fact that my hands contained enough voltage to run a microwave, and despite the photograph, as long as I was connected to him, I was safe.

Reviews of A Discovery of Witches

...not in the league of J.K. Rowling—or even Anne Rice. But please, people: no more vamps and wizards, OK?

Harkness incorporates her knowledge and experience into writing A Discovery of Witches. As a result, the story flows smoothly and provides great entertainment.

By the time it’s all over, readers will have been drawn in. It’s just a question of whether they’ll make it that far.

Can I just say how difficult it is for a guy to read this stuff...Is there no such thing as a homely vampire?

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