A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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A Discovery of Witches Audiobook by Deborah Harkness is a historical fantasy novel. It is the debut novel of the author and the first book in the All Souls trilogy. The novel follows the story of Diana Bishop is an alchemical history scholar at the University of Oxford. Dianna belongs to the family of Bishops a powerful family of witches. Diana has their powers within her but she is a reluctant witch and hides her powers from others.
Her current research requires her to go through ancient manuscripts in the Bodleian library. She comes across a manuscript Ashmole 782. The manuscript is also wanted by an army of vampires, demons, and witches and Diana ensnared in a centuries-old feud. As Diana was reading the book, she had a creepy feeling of having company and being watched over. She realizes that she is being watched over by a handsome young man who also happens to be a vampire.
Matthew Clairmont is a vampire who has lived for more than 1500 years. He wants the manuscript also. Matthew and Diana soon realize that they love lots of similarities. Diana slowly starts falling for him and soon they enter into a romantic relationship. Matthew constantly stalks and follows Diana on the pretext of watching her over and safeguarding her. Matthew and Diana start feeling a strong chemical bond and attraction towards each other. The adventurous journey of Diana and Matthew from one place to another and also backward in time forms the remainder of the novel.
A Discovery of Witches Audiobook by Deborah Harkness was published first in 2011. It won mostly positive reviews from the readers and the critics. It became a New York Best Seller upon its release. The book has already been translated in 36 different languages. The book starts off as an intriguing fast-paced thriller, however, it does slow down later and the pace becomes leisurely. The author has captured the feelings and the romance between Diana and Matthew beautifully. The author develops the protagonist in a way that the readers will relate to them. The author details the Bodleian library and its manuscripts were very detailed and informative. The book will appeal to the readers who have interest in historical and fantasy genre.