A Discovery of Witches

All Souls Trilogy (Book 1)

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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).

Look for the hit TV series "A Discovery of Witches," streaming on AMC Plus, Sundance Now and Shudder. Season 2 premieres January 9, 2021!

Deborah Harkness's sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, 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. The story now comes alive in an incredibly lush eponymous TV series, starring Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, Hacksaw Ridge) and Matthew Goode (Match Point, The Imitation Game).


The leather-bound volume was nothing remarkable. To an ordinary historian, it would have looked no different from hundreds of other manuscripts in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, ancient and worn. But I kn...

About the Author:

Deborah Harkness is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life. A history professor at the University of Southern California, Harkness has received Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships. She lives in Los Angeles….

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Loved It
science fiction romance

I just finished reading an amazing book, but I have to admit that at times it was a bit confusing. The storyline was intriguing, and the characters were well-developed, but there were moments where I found myself having to go back and reread certain sections to fully grasp what was happening. Overall though, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a thought-provoking read.

8/6/2023 10:59:11 AM
L. F. Gobin
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witches, supernatural, ghosts...More

I enjoyed this supernatural fantasy about a witch and vampire who engage in a forbidden relationship. The lore behind the creatures' origins was fascinating, as well as the ancient feuds and time travel.

8/2/2023 2:00:24 PM
forbidden romance, beauty and the beast, world building...More

An in-depth, masterfully-crafted, look at the supernatural world, layered just beneath the natural one. Harkness's expertise as a historian herself really ads flavor to the character of Diana, who grapples resistantly with her entrance into the paranormal world of vampires, daemons, and witches.

Rarely have I read such depth-of-character in any kind of romantic tale - every nuance of both parties personalities and make-up are explored; amidst a chaotic world of darkness, mostly pitted against them.

1/28/2023 11:41:59 PM

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