A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Scholar Diana Bishop mistakenly requests a bewitched manuscript for her research. She belongs to a family of witches--but because she's avoiding using her powers in favor of scientific pursuits, she sends the manuscript back into storage. What she doesn't realize is, she's already started down a path toward a life she wants to avoid.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [2011]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9781461807728
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file (24 hr.) : digital
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Groszerita Nov 20, 2019

I was drawn into this story because of the magical elements, history and romance. I needed a distraction from life and this was it. It pulled me in and I am hooked. I will continue with this series!

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PolyWogg
Nov 13, 2019

BOTTOM-LINE:
A fantastic start to a fantasy series
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A witch who has ignored her powers feels them re-awaken in Oxford as she does research on alchemy and encounters a vampire interested in the same book.
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WHAT I LIKED:
The story is far removed from the world of young magicians or young love. Instead, we see a budding partnership, collaboration and even romance blossom between Dr. Diana Bishop, hidden witch, and Matthew de Clermont, vampire. But it is the richness of every place and event that overwhelms the senses...Oxford comes alive, his castle in France is a presence all on its own, the changing relationship between Diana the witch and Ysabeau the mother-in-law vampire, and even the life in America with Diana's aunts. Each segment is visual, sensual, tangible to the reader. Yet at the same time, it combines all the magical elements with DNA tests and the use of science.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The sheer magnitude of the story is hard to keep straight with all the characters and the various histories that intertwine. There is also not enough info about demons, while an abundance for vampires and witches. And the ending is basically "to be continued".
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I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.

ArapahoeSarahH Sep 18, 2019

I was late to the party, but loved this book! Diana, a reluctant witch, finds herself drawn into romance and adventure with Matthew the handsome - and smart - vampire, and a fantastic group of characters. Read if you enjoy historical fiction, romance and supernatural adventure!

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bonjbothe3rd
Aug 27, 2019

I am not exactly sure what all the hype is about. I enjoyed the beginning and middle, although there was some definite cheesy moments, and then it fell apart for me at the end. I also felt that the the book should have been trimmed down...a lot. Then maybe it would not have been so unbelievably boring in spots. As far as the romance, it started out good, then it transitioned into something that was ridiculous and painful to read. I am going to try to read the second book, but I don't have high hopes.

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mycorr10
Aug 08, 2019

I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I found it incredibly slow and bogged down in too many precious historical details. I know everyone gets excited when a historian writes romance and the world is very detailed, but it's just not exciting. I checked out the other books in the series at the same time and am contemplating returning them unread and just watching the TV series when it's more widely available. My reading time is limited and I have to prioritize for pleasure. This one didn't engage and felt like a chore. Some of this may be due to the fact I checked out an Ilona Andrews at the same time. That was much more my speed.

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kristadarling
Jul 11, 2019

Its written like a wine mom trying her hand at fanfiction for the first time. Seriously, yoga class?

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cluppino
Jun 22, 2019

I re-read this to be ready for the TV version and it did not disappoint me!

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JanClev
Jun 20, 2019

One of my all time fav books!!! I saw the show first and quickly binged all 8 episodes...twice! This book helped me enjoy and better understand the finer details of the story that the show doesn't have time to explore. Harkness is terrific....read all 4 books in this series and am left wanting more!!

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WoodneathRachel
Jun 17, 2019

Vampires and witches, time travel and romance - this story has them all. If you liked Outlander for its feisty heroine and meticulously researched historical detail, and if you prefer your vampires to be classy, you will enjoy this first-in-a-series fantasy. Now a TV show!

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Amyode2
Jun 13, 2019

I love fantasy and wanted to like this book but couldn't finish. Was about 1/3 of the way through trying to decide if I should push through and see if it got any more interesting or give up. Just couldn't bring myself to care about these characters.

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ksimicmuller
Jul 24, 2016

When reading this book, I constantly fluctuated between wondering why I was reading it and not being able to put it down. Some parts I really didn't care for -- I am not a huge fan of romance in my fantasy books, but others, like the description of witches and their talents was pretty great. The book takes place in a world where witches, vampires, and daemons exist alongside humans, but are not allowed to mingle each other. This all changes when the heroine, a witch who has been denying her witchcraft, discovers a manuscript that everyone is looking for, and meets a dashing vampire. I admit, I will be reading the second book in the series soon. I also admit that it's not the best witchcraft novel I have ever read. I much preferred Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.

AnneDromeda Oct 24, 2011

Diana Bishop is a witch in denial. An orphan born to a prominent witch family, she's ignoring her magical heritage to pour her energy into academia. She's travelled to Oxford's Bodleian Library to research a lecture she's giving on alchemy - but when she orders up one ancient manuscript, she unwittingly unleashes a maelstrom of supernatural power. Soon, she can't walk to her study carrel without tripping over some witch, vampire or demon brimming with curiosity or malicious intent. One such creature is Matthew Clairmont, a handsome fellow academic with a sanguine disposition. As other supernatural creatures become more threatening, Diana finds herself warily grateful for the help he offers. Can she survive the powers she's unleashed to become the witch she's meant to be? Is the real Matthew the kind, chivalrous man she's come to know, or the bloodthirsty hunter of whom she finds hints? The answers to these questions will determine the fate of the uneasy worldwide peace between witches, demons, vampires and humans.<br />

Like *Harry Potter*, *A Discovery of Witches* features an orphaned witch with latent legendary powers who encounters a great evil. It shares a great sense of mythology and place, too – you can practically smell the Bodleian when you're reading, and Oxford almost becomes extra character in the book. Diana's aunts' bewitched home in Wisconsin shares the same haunted architectural quirks readers loved in Hogwarts. And, like *Twilight*, an apparently-doomed romance with plenty of sexual tension and a sense of destiny takes centre stage in the action (but be forewarned: readers frustrated by the unresolved tension or the gender politics in *Twilight* will find themselves pretty annoyed with this book, too). This first book in the *All Souls* trilogy will also appeal to readers who enjoy the time travel elements and exhaustive research of authors like Diana Gabaldon (*Outlander* series) and Susanna Kearsley (*The Winter Sea*, *Marianna*). Other potential appeal factors include emphases on yoga, literature, and serious wine and book collecting. A great story to pick up for Hallowe'en, you'd best read the book now while the hold list is short, because the movie rights have already been purchased by Warner Bros. Oh, and good news for your future addiction issues: The second book, *Shadow of Night*, is anticipated for a summer 2012 release.

beauty1492 Jun 27, 2011

frist in Trilogy--All Souls Trilogy next novel 2012

driffle Jun 05, 2011

Slow at the beginning but reached a point where I didn't want to put it down. Can't wait for next book in series!

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