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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness []



Witches and vampires for grownups. A more sophisticated world of fantasy, with academia, history and a love of books thrown in for good measure are wondefully devleoped in this debut by a history professor.
Diana Bishop has spent her life denying her heritage, as the last of a powerful family of witches. While doing historical research at Oxford, she meets Matthew Clairmont, a several century old vampire. One of the manuscripts that Diana requests at the Bodleian is under intense scrutiny by the community of witches, vampires and daemons, and may hold the secrets to the evolution of these uncooperative species. Soon, Diana and Matthew find themselves alienated from both communities. Great description and attention to detail, realistic characters — as much as vampires and witches can be. This is the first in a projected trilogy, and you won’t be able to wait for the sequel when you finish this book.

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