December 27, 2011
December 27, 2011
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.
Deborah Harkness makes a captivating debut with A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, the first in a proposed trilogy. Scholar Diana Bishop studies chemistry--but rather than cutting edge techniques, Diana's specialty is the science of the 1600s. Perhaps her interest in alchemy stems from her lineage, although Diana tries to ignore the witch-blood coursing in her veins. When she discovers a bewitched manuscript, however, she can suppress the magic no longer.
- Genre: Action + Thrillers, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Magic, Types of Characters, Religion + Beliefs
- Publisher: Penguin Group USA
- Pages: 592
- Language: English
- Author: Deborah Harkness
- Online Item #: 13777409
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0180
- ISBN: 9780143119685
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported