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Guest Post: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Oct 23, 2012

A Discovery of Witches 
(All Souls Trilogy, #1)
By Deborah Harkness

Format: Audio Book
Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda

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 after a furtive glance and a few notes, 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. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review

Where to begin with this book! I really, really liked it! Let’s get some things out of the way first. Yes, it’s long! Yes there are a lot of details. True, that for Diana’s age and intelligence (she has a Ph.d), she seems very naïve and even a bit immature. In fact, I would have liked it better if Diana would have been younger and still had her Ph.D., which I know is very plausible. It would have made her behavior a bit more acceptable and understandable. The good news is that you do grow to like her and you actually forget her age as the book is extremely well written. It was also a bit slow in the beginning and the middle. However, the world that was created and its characters are fantastic!! This is definitely an intellectual read though it’s done in a manner where everyone can follow without feeling ‘lost’.

To read my full review, please visit my blog Viviana, Enchantress of Books

About Deborah

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and have lived in western Massachusetts, the Chicago area, Northern California, upstate New York, and Southern California. In other words, I’ve lived in three out of five time zones in the US! I’ve also lived in the United Kingdom in the cities of Oxford and London.

For the past twenty-eight years I’ve been a student and scholar of history, and received degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, and the University of California at Davis. During that time I researched the history of magic and science in Europe, especially during the period from 1500 to 1700. The libraries I’ve worked in include Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the All Souls College Library at Oxford, the British Library, London’s Guildhall Library, the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Newberry Library—proving that I know my way around a card catalogue or the computerized equivalent. These experiences have given me a deep and abiding love of libraries and a deep respect for librarians. Currently, I teach European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

For her full bio, please visit her website.

And now for some fun!!! Giveaway time!!!

Double Sided Book Marker/Thong
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Below is information for the next installment in the series "Shadow of Nights"

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  1. i read the second book. I thought it was a little too historical for my tastes and I agree with you about Diana acting a little naive when she was supposed to be so smart. But boy, Matthew is HOT! I want to read the first one because it is more about the romance than the second book.

  2. Ooohh, what a neat book marker!! I finally bought myself the FIRST in this series when it was recently on sale at Amazon for 2.99 (e-book), but *of course* I haven't had a chance to read it yet! And now #2 is out, sheesh. I'm always, always behind :)

  3. Sounds like a good series.

  4. I have read both of these books and can't wait for the third. I did like the first one better. Even though they are both insanely long, the first one flowed better and didn't feel long to me. The second one just felt long.
    Love the book mark!

  5. I love the first book, I haven't read the second yet though

  6. I have read the first book and just got a copy the second book, matching hardcovers. Thanks for the giveaway. Great books


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