Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches

Audiobook one of the New York Times best-selling All Souls Trilogy – “a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight (People).

Now [a] hot show thats like Twilight meets Outlander (Thrillist) streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder and coming to television this April on AMC and BBC America.

Deborah Harkness 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 audiobook two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.

Author: Deborah Harkness
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Duration: 23 hours 59 minutes
Released: 11 Aug 2002
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

ewe regular

For one novel to engender so many five and two star reviews something odd is going on. I have to add my two stars to the pile Im afraid. That may be the lowest star count I have ever awarded. I love fantasy fiction and have read everything from Pratchett and Rowling to Lovecraft and King. I have always avoided like the proverbial plague, the romantic fiction part of the genre.

I think the enraged two star reviews are mostly from folk (like me) who may have been expecting something else and tripped over this book by mistakeperhaps having read a series of good reviews from romance fiction fans who maybe didnt want to admit that they were what they are and tried to push the book as a good fantasy read. Its not…not even close. Its good romance fiction. Having spent the money on the book maybe the two star crew thought wed stick it out and stayed longer at the syrupy feast than we ever would have had we picked the book up whilst browsing at Barns and Noble.

If you love romantic fiction where bodices rip as breasts heave you will five star gush with praise and love, love LOVE this book. Im not saying the book is horrible, its not. Its a very good example of romantic fiction with a witch-vamp twist. Having said that, if heroic vampires and wilting damsels who actually pass out with a fit of the vapors (yes really!) make you run for the smallest room then this is not for you and you will hate, hate HATE this bookas did I.

I almost never give up on a bookbut after nine hours of deathless, breathless and often pointless machinations I have to throw in the towelor at least flatten out the unsullied but tastefully rumpled duvet and straighten the billowing nets curtains. You have been warned