February 2011 Indie Next List
“I lost a good deal of sleep turning the pages of this tale of adventure, suspense, and romance. Ride along with this witch-in-denial and her guardian vampire prince as she struggles to reclaim her legacy and avoid the terrible fate visited earlier upon her family. The author did her homework and the history rings as true as the passion. I can't wait for the sequel!”
— Annie Leonard, The Next Chapter, Knoxville, IA
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 Harkness is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California. She is the prize-winning author of articles on John Dee's angel conversations and his household.