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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 7,848 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).

All three seasons of the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” are streaming now on AMC+, Sundance Now and Shudder.

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.


  • Boring and excessive detail

    By haofbeocbeo
    First 500 pages were so boring and could have been summed up in 50. The book was very detailed at points that did not need immense detail like when Matthew and Hamish were at the lodge. The parts that needed more explanation were poorly executed and confusing at times. Overall not as good as people make it out to be and I don’t know how it got turned into a TV show.
  • Astonishing

    By RedReader14
    Wow what a world Deborah Harkness plummets you into when you read this book. She does an outstanding job at combining science, history, and otherworldly ideas. The main character, Diana, is very easy to connect to and I found myself relating to her more and more the further I read. I am in complete awe of the storyboard this author has created, the connections the characters the capture of it all in its essence is outright astonishing. Ever so slightly a surprising twist in the plot or an emotional scene would tug at the heart stings just enough to make you feel as though you are connected by your “third eye”. This is definitely a book I’ll be keeping on my shelf. Belonging just between Harry Potter and The Vampire Diaries.
  • Wonderful

    By AESM0192
    I loved this trilogy when I read it on my own. The audiobook is just as good. The intonation is spectacular. You won’t regret listening to the audio.
  • Enjoyed this book

    By cakeslaroo
    It was a good ready
  • Perfect!

    By sejamadera
    In love with this book, highly recommend for anyone who likes mystery and fantasy
  • Harry Potter meets twilight saga

    By JHACO1235
    It’s as if Rowling and Meyer sat down and wrote a book. As soon as I stopped being judge mental at how sentimental Matthew was over Diana I began to enjoy the book. If you liked Harry Potter and twilight you’ll like this too. If you didn’t like twilight—don’t buy it.
  • Spellbinding

    By WSPCS
    Great from start to finish. Looking forward to the next book!
  • 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!
  • 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.