Author: Deborah Harkness
Series: All Souls Book #1
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.
Publisher: Viking Adult
Released: February 8, 2011
Summary: courtesy of goodreads.com 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.
For Fans Of: The Witches Daughter, Pale Demon, The Restorer, Shadowfever, and Second Grave on the Left.
My Review: I picked this book up at the library thinking this was a non-fiction book about Witches. I was definitely not disappointed.
This was the book I have been waiting for! It had everything I could ever hope in a book. It was the next best thing after Harry Potter.
I admit it was a slow read and it took me a bit to get the hang of all the historical mumbo jumbo.
I’m easily satisfied with anything fantasy/paranormal and this book was perfect. I can’t pinpoint reasons why I love this book like I can in other books. Let’s just say I loved it all! However this book is definitely geared to the Adults. It does have a huge blush-worthy scene in it.
And I cannot wait til July when the second one comes out!