A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

Audiobook CD - 2011
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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 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Audio ; Holland, OH. : Distributed by Midwest Tape, p2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780142429112
Branch Call Number: CDB FIC HARKN-D
Characteristics: 20 sound discs (ca. 24 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Ikeda, Jennifer


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TacomaLibrary Aug 13, 2016

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 she banishes the book to the stacks... Read More »

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TacomaLibrary Aug 03, 2016

When librarian Diana Bishop uncovers a hidden manuscript in the Bodelian library, she turns the magical world upside down. As she comes into her rightful witch powers, she is able to conduct a time travel spell that helps her understand the importance of the manuscript and her bloodline.

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Feb 27, 2018

Loved this series!

Nov 02, 2017

This book is a fun read. It is complete FANTASY. It has romance, suspense and is funny at times. Really enjoyed it. It was actually better the 2nd time read because that's when the details and layers make it so much more interesting.

Jun 12, 2017

A solid Story. Leaves you wanting more, and sure enough, there's a second volume. Yay!

Mar 16, 2017

You'll never think of witches and vampires the same ever again! This is a "grown-up" version of Twilight. The science balances the story and makes it more realistic.

Mar 10, 2017

This book took me a few chapters to get into but after that, I was hooked and on to the second in the series!

Feb 22, 2017

Agreeing with the other commenters who voted this on low. I love the idea, but it gets pretty cheesy. There is so much fog. So much rowing. It's just not for me.

Feb 21, 2017

This is a pretty great book. There will be moments when you want to rip your hair out with questioning why the author choose a certain response over another. But otherwise I loved this book.

AL_MARIEI Feb 05, 2017

This book had me from the first page and I couldn't wait to check out the next in the trilogy. It's a well written adventure centered around ancient manuscripts, witches, vampires, demons, and science...what is not to love?!

Nov 26, 2016

This book had some good ideas and could have been so much better if it had been written by somebody else, or if the author had had a decent editor. As it was, it read like a self-published book. It starts out like a bad college entrance essay (listing the protagonist's life events and academic achievements), continues with such embarrassing descriptions and cliches ("he looked like a panther that could strike at any moment but was in no rush to do so"), and proceeds to kill the reader with dull characters and cheesy situations. The main character is unrelatable and her love interest is such an unappealing cheesy cliche. The book does get better about half way through, but not enough to make up for the time wasted. I felt really bad for the author. She is apparently a history professor, and she should stick to her day job, b/c writing fiction is not really her forte. Overall, this book was too ambitious in scope and language to work as either a romance novel or a young adult novel, yet it was too cheesy and poorly paced to succeed as a fantasy novel.

Sep 20, 2016

I love this series so much! I hope there are more than three. It starts off very Twilight-esque, but stick with it and it becomes a deeper, truly rewarding series.

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Jul 24, 2016

When reading this book, I constantly fluctuated between wondering why I was reading it and not being able to put it down. Some parts I really didn't care for -- I am not a huge fan of romance in my fantasy books, but others, like the description of witches and their talents was pretty great. The book takes place in a world where witches, vampires, and daemons exist alongside humans, but are not allowed to mingle each other. This all changes when the heroine, a witch who has been denying her witchcraft, discovers a manuscript that everyone is looking for, and meets a dashing vampire. I admit, I will be reading the second book in the series soon. I also admit that it's not the best witchcraft novel I have ever read. I much preferred Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

AnneDromeda Oct 24, 2011

Diana Bishop is a witch in denial. An orphan born to a prominent witch family, she's ignoring her magical heritage to pour her energy into academia. She's travelled to Oxford's Bodleian Library to research a lecture she's giving on alchemy - but when she orders up one ancient manuscript, she unwittingly unleashes a maelstrom of supernatural power. Soon, she can't walk to her study carrel without tripping over some witch, vampire or demon brimming with curiosity or malicious intent. One such creature is Matthew Clairmont, a handsome fellow academic with a sanguine disposition. As other supernatural creatures become more threatening, Diana finds herself warily grateful for the help he offers. Can she survive the powers she's unleashed to become the witch she's meant to be? Is the real Matthew the kind, chivalrous man she's come to know, or the bloodthirsty hunter of whom she finds hints? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of the uneasy worldwide peace between witches, demons, vampires and humans.<br />

Like *Harry Potter*, *A Discovery of Witches* features an orphaned witch with latent legendary powers who encounters a great evil. It shares a great sense of mythology and place, too – you can practically smell the Bodleian when you're reading, and Oxford almost becomes extra character in the book. Diana's aunts' bewitched home in Wisconsin shares the same haunted architectural quirks readers loved in Hogwarts. And, like *Twilight*, an apparently-doomed romance with plenty of sexual tension and a sense of destiny takes centre stage in the action (but be forewarned: readers frustrated by the unresolved tension or the gender politics in *Twilight* will find themselves pretty annoyed with this book, too). This first book in the *All Souls* trilogy will also appeal to readers who enjoy the time travel elements and exhaustive research of authors like Diana Gabaldon (*Outlander* series) and Susanna Kearsley (*The Winter Sea*, *Marianna*). Other potential appeal factors include emphases on yoga, literature, and serious wine and book collecting. A great story to pick up for Hallowe'en, you'd best read the book now while the hold list is short, because the movie rights have already been purchased by Warner Bros. Oh, and good news for your future addiction issues: The second book, *Shadow of Night*, is anticipated for a summer 2012 release.

beauty1492 Jun 27, 2011

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

driffle Jun 05, 2011

Slow at the beginning but reached a point where I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for next book in series!


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jkranz8 Mar 24, 2015

jkranz8 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

Oct 07, 2012

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jkranz8 Mar 24, 2015

“Just because something seems impossible doesn’t make it untrue”
― Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

Aug 14, 2012

‎"He was not of an age but for all time"___Ben Jonson


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jkranz8 Mar 24, 2015

Sexual Content: Not much in book one but a little bit in book 2 & 3.

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