A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

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.


A Discovery of Witches

Loved this, like a supernatural Da Vinci Code!

Similar to the Da Vinci Code, this book has scholars, secrets, Knights Templar, origin stories and all the intrigue you can handle, but it also has Witches, Vampires and Daemons. It is intellectually stimulating and well written. I loved the entire ride and all the kooky characters.

“Matthew?” I croaked, swiveling my head to the side to look for him. His face appeared.
“Yes, my darling?”
“Where did the pain go?”
“It’s magic,” he said, attempting a lopsided grin for my benefit.
“Morphine,” I said slowly, remembering the list of drugs he’d given to Marthe.
“That’s what I said. Everyone who has ever been in pain knows that morphine and magic are the same.


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