A Discovery of Witches: A Novel

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Penguin, Feb 8, 2011 - Fiction - 592 pages
Book one of the New York Times bestselling All Souls series, from the author of The Black Bird Oracle.

“A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).


Look for the hit series “A Discovery of Witches,” now streaming on AMC+, Sundance Now, and Shudder!


Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has 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, book three, The Book of Life, and the fourth in the series, Time’s Convert.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
27
Section 4
30
Section 5
44
Section 6
51
Section 7
62
Section 8
75
Section 24
304
Section 25
318
Section 26
329
Section 27
339
Section 28
353
Section 29
365
Section 30
378
Section 31
390

Section 9
90
Section 10
110
Section 11
129
Section 12
137
Section 13
154
Section 14
167
Section 15
182
Section 16
197
Section 17
209
Section 18
224
Section 19
239
Section 20
250
Section 21
266
Section 22
277
Section 23
289
Section 32
406
Section 33
423
Section 34
438
Section 35
453
Section 36
469
Section 37
486
Section 38
504
Section 39
516
Section 40
534
Section 41
551
Section 42
562
Section 43
577
Section 44
581
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About the author (2011)

Deborah Harkness is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the All Souls series, which includes A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life, Time's Convert, and The Black Bird Oracle. 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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