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A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series) (utgåvan 2011)

av Deborah E. Harkness (Författare)

Serier: All Souls (1)

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Storslagen läsning för alla älskare av magi, vampyrer och romantikI Bodleian Library i Oxford hittar forskaren Diana Bishop av en slump ett förhäxat alkemistiskt manuskript. Hennes upptäckt sätter igång mystiska skeenden och det dröjer inte.
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Titel:A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series)
Författare:Deborah E. Harkness (Författare)
Info:Viking (2011), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, 592 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Harkness, Deborah. A Discovery of Witches. All Souls No. 1. Viking, 2011.
A Discovery of Witches, a debut novel by historian Deborah Harkness, has been a long-term bestseller. It is easy to see why. Its heroine, Diana Bishop, a witch trying to lead a normal life as a historian of alchemy without using her magic, checks out the wrong book from Oxford’s Bodleian Library and finds herself under surveillance by a gaggle of witches, demons, and vampires—especially one handsome vampire named Matthew. A romance between them breaks every rule of the occult world. It is therefore inevitable. The world-building detail is excellent, as is the suspenseful plot and the erotic tension between Matthew and Diana. I especially like the opening scene of the novel in which we discover that most of the weary graduate students and academic researchers are all undercover demons, vampires, and witches. As a former graduate student, I can well believe it. The novel does have some typical first novel flaws. For example, the point of view for most of the novel puts us in Diana’s head and establishes Matthew as dangerous and mysterious. But then, for one chapter, the perspective switches to an angst-ridden Matthew, tells us too much too soon about him, and distracts us from Diana. I understand it has been made into a TV series that is unfortunately on a streaming service I don't receive. Four stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Apr 27, 2021 |
The main characters were horrendous, and it took way too long for this book to get started. I'm intrigued by the side characters, but completely put off by the structure of this world and the weird choices re species and creatures. ( )
  CassandraNicole | Apr 22, 2021 |
I very much enjoyed this book. It was a little slow going at first, but was well worth working past that.

I'm not sure how I feel about Matthew. On the surface he's a handsome, perfect leading man. Bit he does have a dark side, and I worry about Diana forgetting about that, or dismissing it too easily. However, I have to say that the author does a good job of trying to remind Diana that Matthew isn't perfect.

I loved the Bishop house. Having a house be a real character in a book was terrific.

I'm very glad that I have the second book waiting on my Kindle. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
I couldn't get past the first chapter, where Michaelmas term at Oxford was instead called "fall term", and a male witch was alternately called a wizard.
  lisahistory | Mar 26, 2021 |
Intricate, intriguing mystery. Can't wait to read the next. ( )
  TaraF | Mar 16, 2021 |
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"With books about fictional witches, it’s all too easy to fall back on tongue-in-cheek descriptors like “enchanting” or “spellbinding,” but both adjectives aptly describe the superbly entertaining saga Harkness has crafted. This is a riveting tale full of romance and danger that will have you on the edge of your seat, yet its chief strength lies in the wonderfully rich and ingenious mythology underlying the story. Entwining strands of science and history, Harkness creates a fresh explanation for how such creatures could arise that is so credible, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself this is fiction."
 
As will be obvious by now, this is a very silly novel. Characters and relationships are stereotyped. The historical background is a total pudding. The prose is terrible. And yet, the ideas have just enough suction, somehow, to present an undemanding reader with some nice frissons. I liked, for example, the way Diana tries to sublimate her magic powers in running and rowing and doing yoga – at a mixed vampire-witch-daemonic yoga class, participants struggle not to levitate during their vinyasas. And I liked the way Matthew and Diana smell to each other like Jo Malone candles: Diana is "horehound, frankincense, lady's mantle", Matthew is "cinnamon and clove".
 
"a thoroughly grown-up novel packed with gorgeous historical detail...Harkness writes with thrilling gusto about the magical world. Whether she's describing a yoga class for witches, daemons, and vampires or Diana's benignly haunted house, it's a treat to suspend disbelief. ... As the mysteries started to unravel, the pages turned faster, almost as if on their own. By the most satisfying end, Harkness had made me a believer.
 
"a romantic, erudite, and suspenseful first novel by Deborah Harkness. The first in a planned trilogy, it sets up blood drinkers and spell weavers as enemies for eternity in a feud as old as the Crusades; the duo confront social disapproval and intolerance as they elude evildoers and puzzle out enigmas throughout history. ...Harkness attends to every scholarly and emotional detail with whimsy, sensuality, and humor.
 
The protagonist is a witch. Her beau is a vampire. If you accept the argument that we’ve seen entirely too many of both kinds of characters in contemporary fiction, then you’re not alone. Yet, though Harkness seems to be arriving very late to a party that one hopes will soon break up, her debut novel has its merits; she writes well, for one thing, and, as a historian at the University of Southern California, she has a scholarly bent that plays out effectively here.
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Storslagen läsning för alla älskare av magi, vampyrer och romantikI Bodleian Library i Oxford hittar forskaren Diana Bishop av en slump ett förhäxat alkemistiskt manuskript. Hennes upptäckt sätter igång mystiska skeenden och det dröjer inte.

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