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A Discovery of Witches

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Staff Review: "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness


Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar and non-practicing witch, discovers a long-lost alchemical manuscript that promises to reveal the origins (and future) of all supernatural species: witches, vampires, and "demons." However, Diana's reluctance to share this discovery puts her at odds with the supernatural community and drives her into an unlikely romance with Matthew Clairmont, a wealthy vampire scientist.

Fans of supernatural romance may find a leisurely and tame variety thereof in the book's first half. Those keen on supernatural fisticuffs or "science fantasy" may find a few nuggets of enjoyment throughout. Overall, though, it seems Harkness has saved a lot for the sequel(s).

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, paranormal, fantasy, romance

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