By Deborah Harkness

In a glowing debut, A Discovery of Witches turned the "it" ebook of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the highlight and inspiring fanatics around the globe. during this story of ardour and obsession, Diana Bishop, a tender student and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates along with her top guy, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival these of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she or he provides a scholar's intensity to this riveting tale of magic and suspense.

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Many of the books testified to his lifelong interest in the occult, and one in particular, a quarto edition of Aldo Sinesius’s De Conjuratione (Antwerp, 1567), was very well thumbed and annotated. But imagine my excitement when, turning to the back cover, I found, inserted into a sort of pocket in the binding, a few sheets of manuscript paper unquestionably in Casanova’s own hand. It is the sort of discovery that every researcher dreams about. I was quite alone in the library. I could have put those pages into my briefcase there and then and walked out with them, though in fact I was not remotely tempted to do so.

But, as I have learned to my cost, a man may know all things but lack the one thing that is needful, which is wisdom. I, who might have been most celebrated for learning in an age of learned men, lacked the sense of the humblest peasant who, when he sees the dark clouds massing, pregnant with rain and thunder, will run for shelter. One night in that same year there came to my house a man carrying a letter for me. I did not see the man, as my housekeeper took the letter from him, but he had told her that he would wait at the Inn of the Silver Key nearby for an answer.

The roof was a dome carved from the solid rock and smooth but not polished. On one side was a ragged hole or entrance which led down presumably into the unknown fate of which Razendoringer had warned me. The dwarf went to the wall opposite the hole and began to feel along it, holding his lamp close up to the wall. I asked him what he was doing and he said that he was searching for a concealed entrance. “It’s somewhere here,” he said. ” I went to look. “There seems to be a crack here,” I said, pointing to a vertical fissure in the wall.

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