A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 7,566 Ratings


Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).
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Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.


  • The best

    By Duvudedbel
    My all time favorite novels!
  • Intriguing combinations

    By Solarzinia
    Intriguing combinations of mystery, science fiction and historical romance. Adding in supernatural and humor...what’s not to love...love...love!
  • Terrible

    By vero90nica
    This book is so slow. The amount of secondary characters and extra plot lines was ridiculous. The author somehow manages to make the romantic relationship between the main characters ridiculously fast paced, and yet unbearably boring in the lack of any kind of physical intimacy. This was one of the worst books I’ve read in awhile. I don’t know how this series is so popular and I definitely do not intend to waste anymore of my time by reading the other two books.
  • Urban fantasy for grown ups

    By Nnnsddjfrjk
    Good Urban fantasy with a little sophistication and an academic angle. While while the story revolves around a forbidden romance, it's not a romance novel. -- nor is it graphically oversexed; the book doesn't need it to keep one engaged. I appreciate the history and bits of information from my reading that stick in my head as they make shallow conversations at cocktail parties more interesting ... Lol. I look forward to enjoying the rest of the series and hope the author continues in this genra; she has a gift for it.
  • Loved this book

    By msan20
    This book is from one of my favorite series of all time. Beautifully written.
  • My favorite book series in ages!!!

    By ValBax13
  • So BORING and repetitive

    By Batman128564
    this book is SO BORING I feel like it repeats itself so many times I have read so many books in my life, good and bad, and this is the first book I could not bring myself to finish. The writing is so blunt and to the point, almost no detail at all “and we kissed” “then we went here” “then we went there” the dialog was the only thing that broke up the monotony of what felt like a never ending shopping list. No detail, the characters are very one dimensional and their faults RULE them. This is one of the most frustrating books I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying to struggle through. The only way it is like twilight is that there are vampires, nothing else. Nothing is explained, the main character is a know it all and it’s so bad. She’s frustrating and weak. I’ve never written a review before but I feel like I HAD TO for this book.
  • wonderful book

    By deachkaaa
    love it love it ❤️❤️❤️❤️💟💟💟💟 amazing
  • This book made me so mad

    By JayGray14
    Why build up a powerful and interesting protagonist only to have her give up everything empowered about her the moment a chauvinistic and controlling vampire shows up to tell her what to do? So frustrating
  • Meh...

    By KV22X
    This is like Twilight for a middle aged cat lady. I thought it would be more of an adventure story but it is mainly an irritating romance story. A really controlling and moody vampire falls in love with a narcoleptic witch - I guess because she smells good or is really powerful despite not knowing how to use her magic yet? I mean it isn’t ever clear why they fall in love - it is clearly more a fantasy about some handsome, tall guy finding someone similar to the author irresistible at first site. And then carrying her around because she is always so exhausted or fainting. The weirdest part is is that the supposedly strong main female character is perfectly contented to let the vampire plan and direct her in practically everything, not even including her in their grand escape plan. There is never a reason given for this and it just seems super odd. I didn’t like either of the main characters- they were just selfish and annoying. And not nearly enough action, intelligence, etc. in the plot. Not even enough of a history lesson! So boring. Will not bother with the rest of the series.