Posted by: HOUCV | 11/20/2011

Found on Shelf at Centerville

We all have heard the saying  “Don’t judge a book by the cover” but many of us do.  Not long ago Ms. Amanda was checking in some returned books when she saw the cover for “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah E. Harkness and it intrigued her curiosity which had her opening the cover to peek inside.  Ms. Amanda then checked the book out and told us she could not put it down. She had enjoyed the book and has suggested it to other patrons. She is now anxiously waiting for the sequel which is to come out in the summer of 2012.

Here is a description of the book that Amazon has on their website.
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.Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilightseries-with an extra serving of historical realism.
A Discovery of Witches can be located at all three branches in the science fiction collection under the call number SF HAR.

For more information or to put a copy of hold, call you local library or visit our website.



  1. I read this book over the summer and I could not put it down. It took me a little time to get into it, but when I did whaoooooooo! Can’t wait for the sequel.

    • Karbrecia,

      What your favorite part of the book? Were you surprise at how much you enjoyed the story? Did it remind you of anything else you had read before?

  2. It’s hard to say which part was my favorite. I think when Diana accepted being a witch and started using magic again would be my favorite part (After she did the story really picked up). Also, I love “the house”, it has a mind of it’s own. I thought I would like A Discovery of Witches, but I must say I am surprised how much I love the book. I can’t wait for the sequel and the movie (yes there are two movies coming). This book is different from other books I read. It is not a “Twilight or Harry Potter”. There is magic, but also suspense, historic references, and of course romance. It’s a mix of fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and fantasy (not science fiction) combined. A very interesting read.

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