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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Series) (edição 2011)

por Deborah Harkness (Autor)

Séries: All Souls (1)

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Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.… (mais)
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Título:A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Series)
Autores:Deborah Harkness (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2011), Edition: 1st, 579 pages
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A Discovery of Witches por Deborah Harkness

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Not only does Diana start off studying in the Bodleian in Oxford (which I’ve done, squee!), but she eventually returns home to her family’s old farmhouse in Madison in upstate NY (20 miles from our 200-year-old farmhouse—though our house is not nearly as alive or opinionated). Includes witches, like Diana’s family, vampires, and daemons, old manuscripts with secrets, old vampire families with secrets, some unpleasant enemies, and a remarkably likeable bunch of allies. ( )
  kcollett | Nov 25, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this book for fun reading. The middle gets a little much with the romance novel-like relationship with Diana and Matthew and the castle in France (you see what I mean, yes?) but by the end we are back in the alchemy and legends and it gets really fun. I went out and bought the hardcover which I almost never do, because I couldn't wait for the paperback. ( )
  ClaireMulhern | Nov 17, 2021 |
I discovered this series in I think 2014 or 2015, around the time the 3rd book was released, so I got to read thse books all together as a complete series with no gaps.

I have always loved stories that involve books, manuscripts, lost libraries and stuff like that so this is what drew me to this series in the first place.

In 2020 I discovered that this could also be called a Dark Academia book, because it involves Academia and also several murders.

I have been reading back over many of the earlier reviews here at GR, that give just 1 star or DNFs and they all say the same thing. The first book starts off way too slow. Well yes. It has to be a slow start. There is a lot of world building that has to be done you know. There are 3 books - lots more action to come.

My favourite book of this series is the 2nd one because that takes place in 1590, in historical times. But all 3 books are wonderful!!

The basic premise is that Diana Bishop discovers a lost manscript on the shelves of the Bodleian library at Oxford university and she also discovers that certain other species are also after the same lost manuscript (MSS). In fact they are desperate to get their hands on this MSS. There are certain pages missing. These pages must be found in order to find the answers to certain questions. Sadly those answers are not found until Book 3.

This is clearly a Dark Academia book and series, that also happens to have witches and vampires in it. BUT the witches are not the same as those in the Harry Potter books and the vampires are not the same as those in the Twilight books. Thank goodness.

If you start reading this series expecting more Harry Potter or Twilight, you WILL be disappointed.
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  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
What a topsy turvy reading experience. I had thought this was going to be a big brainy witchy book. Like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. But this is another kettle of fish. The plot set up is killer and I got through 2/3 of it wanting to see our MacGuffin (the enchanted Ashmole 782 manuscript) again. The story quickly puts a big squishy Romance in pride of place. I was losing respect for the writing but still trying to read quickly to see what would happen. Then I read some reader reviews. And I noticed (too late!) that this was but the first of a series. I knew that the stretching out, long-leisurely-meals aspect of this book was only going to get worse. So I've abandoned ship.

I still would like to read a graphic novel re-telling of this story just from the setup: An American science historian comes across an enchanted document in the Bodleian Library. She opens the document and realizes that it contains a counter-text written in magic in addition to its alchemical contents. The palpable magic spooks her and the document's uniqueness stops her in her tracks. She gives it back to the Librarians and considers her options... I love that! Much better than a smoochy vampire. And why don't any of the Librarians have magical powers? But this book didn't convince and the characters failed to be very distinct for me. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
I was going to give this two stars, since it was at least entertaining enough to keep reading, but it got pretty tedious toward the end, and most unforgivably, turned out not to be a stand-alone book but to be just the first installment of a series. There is no resolution of any part of the plot, and I have no interest in continuing. Its best feature was some bodice-ripper romance, but that was too scant and far between, and similarly unresolved, to redeem it even as a romance. ( )
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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."
adicionada por clamairy | editarBook Page, Stephenie Harrison (Mar 2, 2011)
 
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".
adicionada por souloftherose | editarThe Guardian, Jenny Turner (Feb 12, 2011)
 
"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.
adicionada por Shortride | editarKirkus Reviews (Dec 15, 2010)
 

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Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk, and harass her.

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