Books. Aurora consurgens. A Discovery of Witches is the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy written by Deborah Harkness. On August 22, , Deborah Harkness announced that Teresa Palmer has been cast as Diana and Matthew Goode as Matthew. Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire. A Discovery of Witches book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young s.
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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”. The Books by bestselling author Deborah Harkness including Times Convert, The World of All Souls World, A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the. A Discovery of Witches; Shadow of Night; The Book of Life; Time's Convert to associate with witches, but Diana's discovery has caught Matthew's attention.
Once you strip away the paranormal aspect of novels like "A Discovery of Witches" and its stunted and even more vile cousin "Twilight", you are left with stories about abusive, manipulative men who systematically isolate and dominate the female objects of their obsession.
The women's identities are subsumed into the men's as the women's lives come to revolve completely around the men, while the men suffer no such mutilation of self--they simply gain an empty, mindlessly adoring, woman-shaped appendage, which is all that is left of the women by the end of the stories.
Even putting aside the issue of the horrible, horrible underlying message in this book, it still has nothing much to offer.
Pages and pages are devoted to describing stilted, "romantic" conversations that fall flat, how Diana exercises, what she eats, what wine they drink, how long she sleeps, what's in her tea, how great their yoga class was, bla bla bla ad infinitum.
A little detail here and there is flavor, too much is encyclopedic and boring. Most of the action takes place off-screen while Diana sleeps, or waits, or sleeps and waits.
Diana goes from being subject to object almost the very moment that she decides that Matthew, despite being a deadly creature who has been stalking her, might not be so bad after all, and takes little action for the rest of the book except to travel back and forth from Matthew's vampire mother's castle yes, really in France which she comes to think of as her home alarmingly quickly and her aunt's magical house in England America New England?
A whole lot of nothing happens, then Diana gets kidnapped and tortured but is of course rescued by Matthew. A whole lot more nothing happens.
Then almost at the end, some new characters show up who seem like they should have been more important to the story but are introduced way too late. Among them is Sophie, a pregnant daemon who was born from witches and is pregnant with a witch baby.
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Sophie is pregnant, and she will be having a baby, which the author reminds the reader of in nearly every sentence involving Sophie, who is pregnant.
Watch her rub her belly with pregnant serenity or is it smugness? I can't tell!
She is pregnant! Then Diana uses her ungodly overpowered witchy time travel magic to whisk herself and Matthew into the past, because witches used to be more powerful and she needs more powerful witches than currently exist anywhere in the world to teach her reach the full potential of the Mary Sue. In fairness, I must admit that I loved the aunts' magical house, which was almost its own character.
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A world of witches, daemons and vampires. A manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. Diana and Matthew - the forbidden love at the heart of it.
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 geneticist. 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.
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As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels Characters and relationships are stereotyped. The historical background is a total pudding.
The prose is terrible. And yet, the ideas have just enough suction, somehow, to present an undemanding reader with some nice frissons.
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I liked, for example, the way Diana tries to sublimate her magic powers in running and rowing and doing yoga — at a mixed vampire-witch-daemonic yoga class, participants struggle not to levitate during their vinyasas. And I liked the way Matthew and Diana smell to each other like Jo Malone candles: Diana is "horehound, frankincense, lady's mantle", Matthew is "cinnamon and clove". From Dracula to Twilight, stories with vampires in them are always in some way about the middle-class fear and envy of the decadent but mysteriously powerful old rich.
This happens too in DiscoWitch, except that fear and envy get conflated into aspirational awe. His diet is posh-paleolithic: carpaccio and oysters, "an enormous salad" composed of "every expensive green known to mankind". The family home is an Occitan fortress. With her academic hat on, Harkness is the author of two non-fiction books , on Elizabethan London and John Dee. Fair play to her, I guess, that she's found such a thrifty way of reusing all that material; and interesting that she should hit on doing academics as superhuman beings at just the moment the prospect of a university education slips further and further from people's reach.Matthew explains to Diana that to win his place at All Souls College, he had to write an essay based on one word "desire.
After many years and quite a few rereadings of this book, my enthusiasm for it has not waned, but I can appreciate why it troubles some readers.
Archived from the original on 31 August It was an exciting, humbling experience to write this book. View all 27 comments. If you were Diana, would you be able to forgive him for his earlier behavior?
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Well, actually, she does use her magic every now and then, but only when it's really important. Matthew recognizes it as having been his until he lost it in a wager on All Souls' Night many years earlier.
Diana, a witch, realizes that the manuscript is enchanted, but goes against her instincts as a witch, unknowingly breaks the spell, and opens the book.
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