A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

  • Release Date: 2011-02-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7,201 Ratings)


Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).
Now “[a] hot show that’s like Twilight meets Outlander” (Thrillistairing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, as well as streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder.

Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar 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 with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.


  • A Discovery of Witches

    By Jbald1
    I don’t know how I would of felt if I read this before starting the series on television. Teresa Palmer epitomizes Diana Bishop and together, they brought the whole story home. I have read all three books of the trilogy and almost finished Time’s Convert. The story and its’ telling in written and visual form is compelling and I couldn’t put them down. The second film series has started production this summer 2019 and I can’t wait for more.
  • A perfect mix

    By KellyYuma
    This book is a cross between Harry Potter, Twilight, and Outlander - seriously, just as written in a previous review. It has the magical elements of HP and the vampires of Twilight that are almost unbreakable, odd, and beautiful at the same time. The historical components of this book are what really tie this book together. The author uses a wealth of information about the past and some serious alchemy knowledge to create a book that’s wonderful and keeps you up at night just to finish! Purchasing it in the iBooks format was perfect because it allowed you a chance to review what some of the words mean (some of them are archaic, considering it was about alchemy, and needed some further clarification) while still within the book. I absolutely loved the Outlander series and had a hard time finding something comparable, but this comes close! Excited to dive into the next part of this series which I’m sure is bound to consist of more of the elements that really drew me to Outlander. This is a MUST READ.
  • Eh

    By IMightBeATaco
  • “A Discovery of Witches” earns 5+/5 Grimoires…Compelling!

    By Kat Costa
    If you are watching the mini series based of Deborah Harkness’s “A Discovery of Witches” and believe there is no reason to then read the trilogy, you are so terribly mistaken. You will miss out on so much history of the various creatures, insights into the characters background, and descriptions of the various scientific and historical research, buildings and castles, food, and wine…oh, the tastes and fragrances of wine. If you're watching and desire more, or you've not seen the mini series and are just interested, this is the perfect place to begin! After having mysteriously called up Ashmole 782, an old book sought by many over the centuries, Dr. Diana Bishop, descended from an ancient and distinguished family of witches, meets Professor Matthew Clairmont, descended from an ancient and distinguished family of de Clermont vampires. There connection is undeniably strong, but their association is strictly, if not dangerously, forbidden. The complex emotional journey of Diana and Matthew brings to mind the conflicts found between the Capulets and the Montagues...without the blood and magic. Their efforts to uncover the origins and future of their species takes the reader from England to France to Italy pitting family against family and species against species. Watching the mini series together with reading the book has strengthened the visuals in my mind’s eye. It is an extraordinary experience I highly recommend.
  • Fantastical

    By scwill22
    A wonderfully spun story that was over detailed at times, but overall an entertaining read.
  • Brought back joy

    By tkreif
    Love this book. My sister had recommended this to me for awhile and once I finally sat down to read it I was hooked. It brought back the love I have of reading and I’ve missed it so much. Deborah Harkness has a true talent and I can’t wait to finish the series and find more authors like her.
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  • All souls trilogy

    By grackle7
    I love the character, this was a great read. Immediately got the second and third book. And I was so happy to find out they have a show on Sundance!!!
  • Intriguing read!

    By bbarnard1711
    Really enjoyed the book, it was definitely captivating! Great read for anyone into fantasy/mystery/romance type books.
  • Wonderful!

    By Msvaldez80
    It really is a great book, it’s like a grown up Harry Potter!