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A discovery of witches
Deborah Harkness
Adult Fiction HARKNES

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tatum said:
really a great book ~ long and I thought it would be slow, but it was surprising in keeping you glued to over 500 pages.
posted May 22, 2011 at 7:58PM
Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
I loved this book and can't wait for the second one to come out. In the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Diana is descended from a distinguished line of witches, but Diana wants nothing to do with magic; so she banishes the book back to the stacks. But her discovery has already set things into motion--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 one who can break its spell. A combination of fantasy, historical fiction, romance and thriller--this is definitely one to read. 5 out of 5.
posted Jul 2, 2012 at 10:39AM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
While performing research at an Oxford University library, Diana Bishop encounters a manuscript that appears to be enchanted. Diana is herself a witch, but she has suppressed and refused to use her abilities throughout her life, and therefore has no interest in the magical document -- so she returns it to the library to be refiled. She soon learns that her actions have caught the attention of a number of other people, including several other witches and Matthew, a disagreeable vampire, who would like to get their own hands on the manuscript for reasons Diana doesn’t fully comprehend. Diana finds herself being trailed everywhere she goes as she tries to figure out who to trust and why she plays such an important role in the manuscript’s future.

I was captivated by Diana and Matthew’s developing relationship and had high hopes for this story until about halfway through. At that point, I happened to read a particularly scathing review, which compared Matthew’s control over Diana to that of Edward (a la Twilight) over Bella, and I have to admit that once it was pointed out in such detail I suddenly couldn’t help noticing for the duration of the book, and their relationship no longer seemed so romantic. I think I’m still curious enough about where the manuscript plot is going to read the sequel.
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Descended from a long line of witches; determined to remain untouched by her family's legacy; discovered a bewitched alchemical manuscript; finds she can not keep magic at bay any longer.

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