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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Review by Kat Bittner
Viking Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670022410
Date: 08 February 2011 List Price $28.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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I have a confession to make: my attention span for full length novels is not what it used to be. Yet, from the moment I picked up Deborah Harkness' epic debut novel A Discovery of Witches to its exhilarating conclusion, I was under a powerful spell. Here is a writer who can both unveil an alternate world inhabited by witches, vampires, and daemons and say something new with these supernatural beings beyond the stereotypes of urban or historical fantasy.

From official release/information:

Product Description: A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

(Source: Viking)

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