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 Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism. @goodreads
WOW! I really didn't think I would like this book. I put off reading it
for so long because I'm not usually into witch books, but I "LOVE" this
book! This book is a good sized book at 579 pages. I was not bored at
one time reading this book. There are just so many things the author has
for you to learn that you really don't have time to think "get on with
Diana and Matthew, the witch and the vampire. This love
story between them was written so beautifully. It's not just some sap
story, it actually has a lot of substance. Diana is a scholar and really
has a smart brain. I don't know one iota of what she was writing about
or talking about. I would flunk her class for sure! And Matthew is smart
too, being a doctor, but he works in a lab coming up with more things
that would make my brain turn into mush.
There is so much
information in this book on all of the things going on that I was amazed
that I didn't get bogged down with it. The characters are wonderful.
Well, not the bad ones. They never are! But there are so many people in
the book that I just love! Marcus, Matthew's son. Ysabeau, Matthew's mom
and Marthe, Matthew's house keeper of sorts. I love the magnificent
castle they live in. I love the horses :) All of that atmosphere.
Diana's side I love her aunt Sarah and Em a close friend of the family.
I love all of the ghosts in their house and the house itself that is
alive! There are some other characters that put in some appearances
that I loved as well.
Diana and Matthew have to go on a wild
ride of trying to find out more about Diana's past. And at the same time
not be taken out by the Congregation that want to know Diana's power
and have a law that species can't mix. This puts a lot of their family
in danger, but they all rally and a war is about to begin.
Once again I loved this book and I look forward to the next book! I am so glad I decided to read this book!