By Deborah Harkness
Book one of many New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a splendidly inventive grown-up delusion with the entire magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People)
Deborah Harkness’s gleaming debut, A Discovery of Witches, has introduced her into the highlight and galvanized enthusiasts world wide. during this story of ardour and obsession, Diana Bishop, a tender pupil 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 along with her prime guy, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.
Harkness has created a universe to rival these of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and he or she provides a scholar's intensity to this riveting story of magic and suspense. the tale maintains in publication , Shadow of Night, and concludes with The publication of Life.
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Probably not. “No? Take down those numbers, then. ” Matthew slowly doled out the quantity to his cellular and one other that most likely belonged to the home, in addition to distinct directions on overseas dialing codes. “Call at any time. ” Sarah then acknowledged anything pointed, in keeping with Matthew’s startled expression. “I’ll determine she’s secure. ” He passed me the telephone. “I’m getting off now. i admire you either. Don’t fear. ” “Stop telling us to not worry,” Sarah scolded. “You’re our niece. We’re reliable and fearful, Diana, and sure to stick that manner. ” I sighed. “What am i able to do to persuade you that I’m very well? ” “Pick up the telephone extra usually, for starters,” she acknowledged grimly. while we’d acknowledged our good-byes, I stood subsequent to Matthew, unwilling to satisfy his eyes. “All this is often my fault, similar to Sarah acknowledged. I’ve been behaving like a clueless human. ” He became away and walked to the tip of the couch, as faraway from me as he may well get within the small room, and sank into the cushions. “This discount you made approximately magic and its position on your life—you made it in case you have been a lonely, fearful baby. Now, at any time when you are taking a step, it’s as if your destiny hinges on even if you have the capacity to placed your foot down within the correct position. ” Matthew regarded startled while I sat subsequent to him and silently took his arms in mine, resisting the urge to inform him it was once going to be o.k.. “In France probably you could simply be for a couple of days—not attempting, no longer being concerned approximately creating a mistake,” he persevered. “Maybe you may rest—although I’ve by no means noticeable you cease relocating lengthy adequate. You even circulation on your sleep, you recognize. ” “I don’t have time to relaxation, Matthew. ” i used to be already having moment concepts approximately leaving Oxford. “The alchemy convention is under six weeks away. They’re awaiting me to carry the hole lecture. I’ve slightly began it, and with out entry to the Bodleian there’s no likelihood of completing it in time. ” Matthew’s eyes narrowed speculatively. “Your paper is on alchemical illustrations, i guess? ” “Yes, at the allegorical picture culture in England. ” “Then I don’t feel you'd be drawn to seeing my fourteenth-century reproduction of Aurora Consurgens. It’s French, unfortunately. ” My eyes widened. Aurora Consurgens was once a baffling manuscript in regards to the opposing forces of alchemical transformation—silver and gold, male and female, darkish and light-weight. Its illustrations have been both advanced and confusing. “The earliest recognized reproduction of the Aurora is from the 1420s. ” “Mine is from 1356. ” “But a manuscript from such an early date won’t be illustrated,” I mentioned. discovering an illuminated alchemical manuscript from sooner than 1400 used to be as not likely as gaining knowledge of a Model-T Ford parked at the battlefield at Gettysburg. “This one is. ” “Does it comprise all thirty-eight photos? ” “No. It has 40. ” He smiled. “It would appear that past historians were incorrect approximately numerous details. ” Discoveries in this scale have been infrequent. To get first crack at an unknown, fourteenth-century illustrated reproduction of Aurora Consurgens represented the potential of a life-time for a historian of alchemy.