A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches: All Souls

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 29/09/2011
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A Discovery of Witches
Glorious
I've heard some people say this was very slow to get going but I disagree. I found it wonderfully intricate, a leisurely stroll through a fascinating and r... READ MORE
Esmee Sturrock
A Discovery of Witches
Worth the wait
This has been sat on my shelf since it's hardback release, I have been so desperate to read it and have patiently waiting for a date on the 3rd part. Final... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
A Discovery of Witches
Tightly woven and compelling
Reading this book is like peeling the layers of an onion - mystery after mystery, layer after layer reveal themselves the further in you get, and the more ... READ MORE
Isabel at Islington
A Discovery of Witches
Rich, magical drama.
I really loved this - I know there have been huge variances in the reviews, but the length and depth of the story was perfect for me. I'm a pretty fast rea... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Head Office
A Discovery of Witches
Like superglue, can't put it down!
This stunning debut sent mixed emotions running through my brain, part of me wanted to run around thrusting the book into every hand I saw the other half o... READ MORE
Nicki Golding at bluewater
A Discovery of Witches
Gobsmackingly brilliant!!!
This book came at a time when I was at a dead-end with reading, I could not get into anything, even old favourites. Then I happened upon a copy of this....... READ MORE
Theresa Linee at Elgin
A Discovery of Witches
Best Discovery of the Year
As a bookseller, you can get inundated with recommendations from friends, customers, as well as other booksellers, and there just aren't enough hours in a ... READ MORE
Elyssa
A Discovery of Witches
Page Turning Fantasy
Although I love fantasy as a genre, I approached this series with slight trepidation, worried it would be yet another vampire romance, but I was pleasantly... READ MORE
Jane Simpson at Lymington
A Discovery of Witches
Loved this!
I could not put this book down and rattled through it in three days! It is a perfect balance between historical - with all the detail you'd expect - and th... READ MORE
Nadia Afzal at Dundee
A Discovery of Witches
Absolutely beautiful
Wow, this book is amazing! This has to be one of the most beautifully written and engaging stories I've ever read. Deborah Harkness's historical knowledge ... READ MORE
Gem R
A Discovery of Witches
This bookseller's favourite book
I know, I know, people who love books aren't supposed to be able to pick a favourite. But there's truly nothing I love more than sinking back into this wor... READ MORE
Steph at Basingstoke

Synopsis

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.

Fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew in the stunning first volume of the No.1 internationally bestselling All Souls trilogy, now a major television series.

A world of witches, daemons and vampires.

A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future.

Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist.

Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780755374045
  • Number of pages: 704
  • Weight: 484g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 46 mm

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A Discovery of Witches
a desirable read !
this is the type of book that you will open in the store to see if the first page grips you . four chapters later you'll still be there!! it grips you fro... READ MORE
Zoe Coates
A Discovery of Witches
My New Best Friend
I can not wait for the remainder of this trilogy, I fell in love with book in the first chapter and have since read it a few times and purchased the audiob... READ MORE
ClaireCalderwood
A Discovery of Witches
AWESOME BOOK
This book wass amazing. Full of twists and turns. I could not put the book down. When is the next one coming out??
Windingrosie
A Discovery of Witches
Brilliant book!
I loved this book. It is a bit silly, but it's a gripping read and transports you to a world in which anything is possible! I was delighted to find out it'... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
A Discovery of Witches
Twilight for Adults!
I searched for this book after I had read a number of excellent reviews on it, and overall I was not disappointed. I can understand why other readers are s... READ MORE
Beaut
A Discovery of Witches
Simply Brilliant
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn't put it down. From the fantasy of vampires, deamons and witches to the different stories through history to the adv... READ MORE
baxabs
A Discovery of Witches
Really Enjoyable
I came to this series 'backwards', having watched the TV-version first, however I have to say I actually enjoyed the book(s) more even though I was definit... READ MORE
Michaela Gilmore
A Discovery of Witches
Amazingly entertaining, can't pass up read!
Wonderfully imaginative, Deborah Harkness is a terrific storyteller weaving you into the world of creatures: witches, vampires, and daemons. This is a page... READ MORE
funnygirl
A Discovery of Witches
Fantastic!!!!
I only bought this book as it was on a reduced price if i spent a certain amount at Waterstones, i have just finnished it and cant wait for the next one to... READ MORE
Kate156
A Discovery of Witches
loved it!!!
Honestly i only bought this book because i can't go into a shop and NOT BUY A BOOK! and this was the only interesting sounding one in the shop. I was wary ... READ MORE
bookgeek112
A Discovery of Witches
:)
The first hundred pages where quite slow, but after that it's really a great book and would recommend to anyone (like 16+). Can't wait till next book!!! ee... READ MORE
jess smith
A Discovery of Witches
fantastic
This book is an amazing read could not put the book down as you spellbound from start to finish was really gutted when i had finished reading it wanted it ... READ MORE
silver79
A Discovery of Witches
Fantastic
I ordered this book for my Christmas present and it is worth the read. A more adult version of Twilight it seems but with the twist of Witches and a more a... READ MORE
beckyhilly
A Discovery of Witches
Bewitching!
Engrossing and lively, this book series is perfect for fans of the supernatural.
Candice Buchanan
A Discovery of Witches
Dreadful
I rarely, if ever, write poor reviews; but feel I have a duty to other unwary readers. This is pretty awful stuff. There are a lot of comparisons to Twilig... READ MORE
Kelly Williams
A Discovery of Witches
One of the best books I have ever read!
I picked this up in a rush at Bristol airport as a holiday read. It grabbed my attention by mentioning 'Twilight' on the reviews, had an appealing cover ar... READ MORE
Em95
A Discovery of Witches
I watch the series ♡ it!!!
The first book is a little slow and because i had watched the first series i kind of rushed it because the first half of the book was probably 3 or 4 episo... READ MORE
Charlotte Powton
A Discovery of Witches
Supernatural romance with brains
Of the current glut of supernatural romances, I think "A Discovery of Witches" can claim to be the best written. It comes from a slightly more intellectual... READ MORE
kendrafortune
A Discovery of Witches
A very good read.
This is one of those books that you can read again and again. Which i have done a couple times. The storys about a 30 something witch who's a professor who... READ MORE
Tasha119
A Discovery of Witches
Cant wait for the next two in the trilogy!
I really enjoyed this book especially as I read the majority of it on holiday so could read a lot at a time as its quite long with quite a lot of scientifi... READ MORE
Bumbles
A Discovery of Witches
EXCELLENT!!!
I love this book, can not wait for the next one. If you like Twilight and the Fallen series you will love this.
KerryL
A Discovery of Witches
A series you can loose yourself in
A must read for any fiction fans. This book tops all other fantasy books, it introduces you to a completely different version of our world. Each book leave... READ MORE
Kim Remedios
A Discovery of Witches
An addictive read
I watched the TV series over a week-end and really enjoyed it. Then I discovered it was based on a book. So I bought it. Then I realised the story was actu... READ MORE
Nelly Marmounier
A Discovery of Witches
Couldn't put it down!
DaysEye
A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches
mamabj
A Discovery of Witches
Witches and vampires
Bought these books as I'm hooked on the tv series.
Lynne
A Discovery of Witches
Awesome
I love reading this book so much. Wonderful writing from Deborah Harkness. Love the way she writes this book. I haven't been enable to put the book down... READ MORE
Rhian Jones
A Discovery of Witches
Easy to recommend
For those of you who have limited patience for adolescent literature, please don't be put off by the comments comparing this book to the Twilight/Harry Pot... READ MORE
Jamila
A Discovery of Witches
4/5
A well written, detailed book with enough mystery and magic to excite. The book has great underlying themes and entertaining plot twists, with a healthy ap... READ MORE
Hayley Cathcart
A Discovery of Witches
Had potential but was ruined by the over the top romance
Ok so I was quite excited to read this book, started off strong. I liked the main character Diana (despite her ridiculous amount of rowing and running) and... READ MORE
Sarah Packer
A Discovery of Witches
Definitely need to read more
I’ve jumped on the ‘must read before the tv series’ and I’m really glad I did. I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it came out but TBRs are what they... READ MORE
Micky - bookphenomena
A Discovery of Witches
Could not put this down!
The title sums it up, but, this book was truly a masterpiece! a perfect combination of both fantasy and modern-day writing! The TV show also to accompany t... READ MORE
Chloe Smith
A Discovery of Witches
Brilliant, escapism
I was completely sucked into this story. I loved the characters, the settings and the vivid images. I would recommend this book and if you like a bit of f... READ MORE
Chris Webster
A Discovery of Witches
Worth the book hangover
Worth a reading hangover because you can’t put the book down. It’s the reason the phrase one more chapter. I was recommended this book a few years ago... READ MORE
Clairey
A Discovery of Witches
Amazing!
I love this book so so much, I am not afraid to admit that I have read the series more than half a dozen times and still cling to the characters and plot. ... READ MORE
Amy Casson
A Discovery of Witches
A discovery of witches
I do get invested in most characters of most books I read, but not many books completely immerse me and make me question my life choices like this does; wh... READ MORE
Charlotte  Watson
A Discovery of Witches
Great for anyone that likes the TV show
Anyone that enjoyed watching the series would enjoy reading this, well written.
JDay
A Discovery of Witches
Full series review
I’ve decided to do a series review of A Discovery of Witches because these books are so thick but they don’t have enough differentiation from story to stor... READ MORE
Marina Marcello
A Discovery of Witches
A magical read!
That’s going to be a series of recommendations haha. I haven’t read much that was not non-fiction and if so it was usually in German. Since I moved to Lond... READ MORE
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