A Discovery of Witches : All Souls

  • by Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
  • Series: All Souls
  • 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An epic, richly inventive, historically sweeping, magical romance.
When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years: one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons, and long-lived vampires.
Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist. Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing.
As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels....

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What the Critics Say

"Intelligent and off-the-wall, it will be irresistible to Twilight fans." (The Sunday Times)
"Write what you know, debut novelists are told and Professor Deborah Harkness has accordingly set hers in the world of academia…. A bubbling cauldron of illicit desire…. all the ingredients for an assured saga that blends romance with fantasy." (Daily Mail)
"A romp through magical academia." (Guardian)

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Fantastically captivating

I didn't think I was going to find another book(s) that engrossed me like the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabeldon and Davina porter. ......but my goodness THIS series of books did it..and even perhaps more. Brilliant flow of imaginative writing that was captivating. Exciting tasteful romance that pulsed and pulsed and had me hooked, strong intriguing characters that were easily liked or disliked as the author wished and Imaginative narration that made listening to this series outstanding. Thank you.
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- Monique M.

Great Read!

Follow the forbidden love story of Diana, the reluctant witch and Matthew, the distant, but charming vampire, who fall in love while on the quest to find the meaning of life. The ancient text, Ashmole 782 holds the key to the origin of species: witches, vampires, daemons and humans surfaces on Diana's request, but mysteriously goes missing.
Deborah Harkness weaves her magic as the mystery and love story unfold, taking the reader to great heights. Well worth the read of this first in the All Souls Trilogy.
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- Lyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2011
  • Publisher: Headline Audiobooks