A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah E. Harkness
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119685, 579pp.)

Publication Date: December 27, 2011

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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")
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," coming from Viking in July 2014.



About the Author
Deborah E. Harkness is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the All Souls trilogy and "John Dee's Conversations with Angels". She currently teaches European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California. Visit her at deborahharkness.com.
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