A Discovery of Witches: A Novel

By Deborah Harkness
Read by Jennifer Ikeda

The All Souls Trilogy: Book 1

23.93 Hours 02/08/2011 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781101484531

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 demons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure that has been lost for centuries—and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2011

Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List

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 demons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure that has been lost for centuries—and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A romp through magical academia.” Guardian
“Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistible to Twilight fans.” Sunday Times (London)
“A sparkling debut...A Discovery of Witches is heady mix of history and magic, mythology and love, making for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Harkness brings this world to vibrant life and makes the most of the growing popularity of gothic adventure with an ending that keeps the Old Lodge door wide open.”  Publishers Weekly
“A compelling and sweeping tale.” Booklist (starred review)
“A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy.” Daily Mail (London)
“An inventive addition to the supernatural craze.” Marie Claire
“From the stillness of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to a turreted French castle, narrator Jennifer Ikeda embarks on a magical journey. Her narration is quietly charming...This epic tale of the origins of magic will make listeners wish they could conjure the sequel.” AudioFile
“Set in our contemporary world with a magical twist, this sparkling debut by a history professor features a large cast of fascinating characters, and readers will find themselves invested in Diana’s success at unlocking the secrets of the manuscript...This enchanting novel is an essential purchase. Harkness is an author to watch.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness made her fiction debut with the first book in the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, which was a New York Times bestseller. A professor of history at the University of Southern California, she has received Guggenheim, National Science Foundation, and National Humanities Center fellowships.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 23.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English