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THE NUMBER ONE INTERNATIONAL AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A Discovery of Witches is the first in the must-have, must-read ALL SOULS trilogy.
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.
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...
Five reasons to read A Discovery of Witches and the All Souls Trilogy
'Rich, thrilling ... A captivating and romantic ripping yarn' E L James
'Intelligent and off-the-wall ... irrestistible to Twilight fans' Sunday Times
'I could lose myself in here and never want to come out ... Utterly enchanting on every level' Manda Scott
'Exciting amounts of spells, kisses and battles, and is recounted with enchanting, page-turning panache' Marie Claire
'A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire ... an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy' Daily Mail
Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She spent several years in Oxford doing research (and really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!). She has written THE JEWEL HOUSE: ELIZABETHAN LONDON AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION as well as the three novels in the internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT and THE BOOK OF LIFE.
Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistible to Twilight fans — The Sunday Times
A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire...all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy — Daily Mail
An inventive addition to the supernatural craze... Historian Harkness's racy paranormal romance has exciting amounts of spells, kisses and battles, and is recounted with enchanting, page-turning panache — Marie Claire
A romp through magical academia — Guardian
...a grand romance smartly dressed up in the fashion for the occult...Sauced up with magic as well as being intelligent, the novel will be irresistible to Twilight fans — The Sunday Times